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Crandall Canyon Mine Collapse, Utah: Case Example part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Students evaluate whether pillar failure and collapse caused ground shaking or whether an earthquake caused pillar failure and mine collapse in the Crandall Canyon Mine collapse in 2007.

The Faults at Delphi, the Oracle, and the Tectonic Setting of the Gulf of Corinth: Case Example part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Students interpret data on the faults at Delphi, evaluate the tectonic context of the faults, and explore the proposed connection between faults and the Delphic Oracle of Ancient Greece.

Reservoir-induced seismicity at Nurek Reservoir in Tajikistan: case example part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Students use Google Earth to interpret aspects of the general bedrock geology and tectonic setting of the area around Nurek Reservoir in Tajikistan, evaluate reservoir induced seismicity associated with the ...

Increase in volcanism at the beginning of the Holocene on Reykjanes, Iceland: case example part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Students make simple stress calculations to determine whether deglaciation at the end of the Pleistocene may have been responsible for a short but dramatic increase in rates of volcanism on Reykjanes in Iceland as ...

Fold mapping lab part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Martha Growdon, SUNY College at Oneonta
Students will map an overturned fold with axial planar cleavage and parasitic folds using hand samples set up around a classroom/outdoors.

Slip Rates on young faults part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Audrey Huerta, Central Washington University
Students use measured ages and offset of quaternary surfaces to determine vertical slip rates of a young fault. Students then must determine if vertical slip rates have varied significantly through time.

Viscous Buckle Folding part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
Phil Resor, Wesleyan University
This activity introduces students to viscous flow and analog modeling of viscous buckle folding. Students perform a series of experiments to explore the relationship between layer thickness and fold wavelength. -

Fun with foam, demonstrating strike and dip in class part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Angela Moore, Guilford College
Colorful foam sheets are used in a classroom or lab setting to introduce students to the concept of strike and dip. It is interactive, and the instructor or TA's can quickly see which students are ...

Maps, Folds, Stereonets, and Complex Fabric Analysis part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
John Weber, Grand Valley State University;
This analysis involves analyzing meso- and macro- structures shown on beautiful, rich, detailed, and well-prepared outcrop bedrock geology of a real region. Students construct a number of stereonets step-by-step, ...

Field Trip Comics part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
Andy Bobyarchick, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Structural geology field trips integrate learning, collaboration, and exploration. Creating a comic (or graphic novel) from a field trip promotes students' rendering their own popular culture view of the ...