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Field Project: Fossil Collection, Identification, and Report Writing
Steve Leslie, James Madison University
The primary purposes of this exercise are to assemble a collection of fossils in the field, to gain experience in fossil identification, to interpret the mode of life and environment in which the organisms lived, ...

Rickard Hill Field Project: Peering Into Deep Time
James Ebert, SUNY College at Oneonta
In this field activity, students make observations of the texture, lithology and fauna of two limestone units and use this information to reconstuct paleoenvironments, how these environments changed through time ...

Fossil Collection and Museum Curation
Diana Boyer, SUNY College at Oswego
This assignment requires the collection of an individual fossil with appropriate supplimentary information in the field, identification of fossil, and exposes students to museum curation.

Fossil Identification Project
Melissa Lobegeier, Middle Tennessee State University
The students collected 20 fossil taxa from 5 different locations and 3 different geological periods. They identified the taxa and summarize the paleoenvironmental information about their localities in a powerpoint ...

Forensic Paleontology
Katherine McCarville, Upper Iowa University
Students examine and sketch a dead animal, discovering as much as possible about it.

Chemical Weathering
Kira Lawrence, Lafayette College
This field trip assignment brings students to a local cemetery to collect data related to the age and extent of weathering of limestone and igneous tombstones. Students then analyze the data they collect using ...

Virtual Field Trip to the Book Cliffs
Ann Holmes, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Problem-based learning techniques have been applied to geological datasets collected and published about the Cretaceous Book Cliffs exposures in Utah.

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Exploring Soil Development & Conservation of Mass
Clifford Riebe, University of Wyoming
This activity aims to develop understanding of soil formation using the principles of conservation of mass. This is best applied to a chronosequence of 2 soils/deposits, such as a set of terraces or glacial ...

Building a Local Stratigraphic Column: A research-based assignment for an introductory course
Jennifer Hargrave, Southern Utah University
Students build a stratigraphic column for a pre-selected area through the compilation of a series of individual research projects. Students are required to conduct introductory field research as well as a ...

Exploring the Bay Area
Carla Grandy, Skyline College
This assignment is a do-it-yourself field trip. Students are given the opportunity to visit a local geologic feature and learn something about the origins and evolution of that site.