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Describe and Interpret Images: Folded Strata
Rebecca Teed, Wright State University-Main Campus; Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
In class, have students make a simple sketch of an outcrop shown in a slide (or computer projection) then discuss possible interpretations. -

Developing a local stratigraphy
Mary Savina, Carleton College
Students use field lab periods to construct a composite stratigraphic section of the area surrounding their campus. -

Geologic Mapping I
Mary Savina, Carleton College
Students complete a geologic map of a small area. -

"Adopt an Outcrop"
Mary Savina, Carleton College
Describing rock outcrops and hand specimens -

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Assembling a Geologic History
Mary Savina, Carleton College
Assemble a regional geologic history by compiling observations made a several sites. -

Measuring Distance and Area in Satellite Images
LuAnn Dahlman
DATA: MODIS Imagery. TOOL: ImageJ. SUMMARY: Examine images of the Aral Sea from 1973 through 2003. Use image analysis software to measure changes in the width and area of the freshwater lake over time.

Jurassic Park Debate
Rebecca Teed, Wright State University-Main Campus
This role-playing exercise casts students as scientific specialists, assigned to a group either supporting or opposing the cloning of dinosaurs. Each group researches and presents its argument. -

The Modern Atmospheric CO2 Record
Bob Mackay, Clark College
Students compare carbon dioxide (CO2) data from Mauna Loa Observatory, Barrow (Alaska), and the South Pole over the past 40 years to help them better understand what controls atmospheric CO2. -

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Allosaur Survival Game
Rebecca Teed, Wright State University-Main Campus
In this online computer game, players must figure out how to keep an Allosaurus from starving or being eaten until it grows to adulthood. -

Wheel of... Geology!
Rebecca Teed, Wright State University-Main Campus
This quiz game is intended to help students review for an upcoming exam. Topics of questions are randomly determined by spinning a wheel. Teams answer questions using electronic CPS handhelds. -