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Joints in a Cornstarch Analog part of Activities
Juliet Crider, Western Washington University
Desiccated cornstarch-water mixture provides an interactive introduction to joints and joint sets. Students interpret relative ages, examine intersection angles, use surface textures to determine propagation ...

Conjugate Fractures form in Clay part of Activities
Paul Kelso, Lake Superior State University
Pottery clay deformed by uniaxial compression, with a standard hydraulic rock trimmer, produces conjugate fractures at approximately 30 degrees to sigma 1. This activity allows students to observe fracturing and ...

Laboratory Exercise: What Controls Rheology? part of Activities
Dyanna Czeck, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
In order to understand the factors that control rock rheology, students conduct a series of activities with analogue materials. The activities are compared to real examples from the field and deformation ...

Normal Faults in Sand in a Shoe Box part of Activities
Betsy Torrez, Sam Houston State University
Students use sandbox models to investigate the characteristics of normal faults and parameters that influence their development; students gain practice in analytical thinking and synthesis of observations into ...

Cracking and Crumbling: Exploring Mechanisms of Dike Emplacement part of Activities
Phil Resor, Wesleyan University
Students explore the shape of basaltic dikes intruded into shale near Shiprock, New Mexico using published maps and a simple mechanical model. Students get practice in making quantitative measurements, evaluating ...

Friday Forum: Reading from the Primary Literature part of Activities
Cameron Davidson, Carleton College
All students in the course read the same paper from the primary literature and write three questions about the paper. These questions are compiled by the instructor and distributed to the class before the paper is ...

Using the Autocorrelation Function in NIH-Image to Determine Shape-Preferred Orientations part of Activities
Cameron Davidson, Carleton College
Students learn how to use the autocorrelation function in NIH-Image to quantify shape-preferred orientations. Students develop understanding of what the autocorrelation function does by using synthetic images and ...

Venus, Earth's structural sister: Investigations using radar imagery part of Activities
Vicki Hansen, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Students conduct fieldwork on Venus without leaving the lab. Concepts include basic mapping principles, remote data set interpretation, structure morphology and interaction, rheology, temporal relations, and ...

Using play-doh to understand 3D Flinn Plots part of Activities
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
In this activity, students are introduced to the 3D Flinn Plot. They have previous experience with 1+e2 vs. 1+e1 plots of plane strain, but this is their first exposure to 3D strain. Students deform play-doh, then ...

Using Field Observations and Field Experiences to Teach GeoscienceAn Illustrated Community Discussion part of Cutting Edge:Geoscience in the Field:Field Experiences:Posters
ZABEL, Garret & WHITE, Sylvia Colorado Mountain College-Roaring Fork Campus
This is a 10-day field experience class that focuses on the geology of the Grand Staircase of the Colorado Plateau, culminating in a rim-to-rim backpack trip across the Grand Canyon, Arizona.