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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

Introduction to GIS Using ArcExplorer and Brooklyn Data Sets part of Activities
The lessons introduce students to ArcExplorer GIS using publicly available online GIS data sets of Brooklyn, and water quality data of Prospect Park with locations taken by GPS receivers. In this way, students ...

Urban Geology: GIS, Geologic/Geophysical Mapping

Sandbox modeling part of 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, Land Use, Principles of Geology

Non-traditional and under-represented students in hydrogeology: Learning by discovery in an urban environment part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
An example of student-driven, instructor-guided field experiments on a budget. Schools that cater to under-represented students are often those with limited resources, however, student-driven discovery in the field ...

Urban Geology: Environmental Issues, Resources

Campus Nitrogen Budget part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Campus-Based Learning:Examples
Link the college or university operations with local ecology. In this study, students use a tool from urban ecology, the nitrogen budget, to research the inputs, outputs and subsytem transfers of nitrogen on the ...

Urban Geology: Environmental Issues

Evaluation of watershed land-use changes and hydrologic impacts part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
The USDA-NRCS TR55 method for calculating runoff discharge is used to compare the results of land-use change in a watershed. These data are then compared to a Darcy's Law estimate of groundwater discharge to a ...

Urban Geology: Land Use

Resistivity Profile in an Urban Setting part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Activity in an urban setting that includes an electrical resistivity line and hydrogeological information from nearby monitoring wells that enables students to create a meaningful interpretation of subsurface ...

Urban Geology: GIS, Geologic/Geophysical Mapping

Find the UST with GPR part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Field-based activity that uses GPR to find an underground storage tank (UST). Optionally, data provided with the activity enables lab or class use as well. Activity can be enhanced with use of GPS unit that takes ...

Urban Geology: GIS, Geologic/Geophysical Mapping, Environmental Issues

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 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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