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Mapping extensional crack arrays in asphalt as normal fault system physical analogues part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
Students map extensional crack arrays in asphalt, at full-scale, using long pieces of inexpensive craft paper and markers, map the connections between individual cracks in the arrays, and study (descriptively) ...

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Urban Geology: Principles of Geology

GeoSleuth Murder Mystery part of Cutting Edge:Urban Geology:Activities
A simple way to introduce both the principles of geology and the nature of scientific inquiry in a classroom murder mystery.

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Urban Geology: Geologic History, Principles of Geology

How Fast Do Materials Weather? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lectures:Examples
A think-pair-share activity in which students calculate weathering rates from tombstone weathering data. -

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Urban Geology: Principles of Geology

Building-Stone Geology part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
Students in an area remote from igneous and metamorphic rocks wrote papers on the properties of locally used building stones and gave a walking tour in which they presented their results. -

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Urban Geology: Principles of Geology

Analysis of Sidewalk Fractures part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
Using fractures in sidewalks as an analog for natural outcrops, students learn to make systematic observations, measure the orientation and location of fractures, manipulate and analyze data, and consider some ...

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Urban Geology: Principles of Geology

Discovering Plate Boundaries part of Cutting Edge:Urban Geology:Activities
Discovering Plate Boundaries is a classroom activity designed to introduce students to the process of observing and classifying data, in addition to the fundamentals of plate tectonics.

Urban Geology: Geohazards, Geologic History, Principles of Geology

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Earth Materials and Ancient Cultures part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students investigate properties of earth materials through the lens of art and archeology. It allows ties to other required core curriculum courses (particularly classics and art history), and integrates the use of ...

Urban Geology: Connections with Non-Science Disciplines, Principles of Geology

Sandbox modeling part of Cutting Edge:Urban Geology:Activities
Students deform layers of colored sand to simulate features they observe in city. They construct topo maps and cross-sections based on the results of the sandbox experiment. The model is then the basis for ...

Urban Geology: Geohazards, Geologic History, GIS, Geologic/Geophysical Mapping, Principles of Geology, Land Use

Cemetery Geology part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
Studying rock types, weathering processes and human history in a cemetery. -

Urban Geology: Principles of Geology

Understanding wetlands part of Cutting Edge:Urban Geology:Activities
Students collect soil samples from in and around wetlands, make visual observation, divide soil cores into sections (depending on the soil type), dry, sieve, and analyze samples. Have students identify ...

Urban Geology: Environmental Issues, Geologic History, Principles of Geology

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