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Finding connections between current events and earth sciences part of Activities
Class creates a list of all current events, including topics from their countries of origin. The next task is to find the connections between the events and categorize events based on the connections. Finally, as a ...

Urban Geology: Connections with Non-Science Disciplines, Resources, Geohazards, Geologic History, Principles of Geology, Land Use

Urban Environmental Excursions: Field trips to connect urban geology students with the world around them part of Activities
Environmentally-themed field trips in urban areas can stimulate student interest in geology and environmental science while providing curricular links to topics such as global warming, energy resources, water ...

Urban Geology: Land Use, Resources, Connections with Non-Science Disciplines

Roadside and Engineering Geology of Auke Bay, Juneau Alaska part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Public Policy:Activities
Final lab for an Introductory Physical Geology class. Students apply a semester of learned geology skills toward evaluating house building sites near our campus. They encounter evidence of faulting, mass wasting, ...

Urban Geology: Principles of Geology

Architectural stone investigation - What makes great buildings? part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Public Policy:Activities
This small group research project, and accompanying field trip, gives students an opportunity to investigate issues related to city planning, building design and usage, and earth materials used as architectural ...

Urban Geology: Land Use, Resources

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

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

Plume Delineation Exercise part of Cutting Edge:Urban Geology:Activities
Students are given a data set and base map for a potentially contaminated aquifer and are asked to create a plume delineation map and determine if there is a contaminant source, where it is and who is being most ...

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

American Museum of Natural History - Field Trip Assignment part of Cutting Edge:Urban Geology:Activities
Self-guided field trip assignment to AMNH (largely based on the museum's teacher's guide for high school students)

Urban Geology: Principles of Geology

Greenproofing part of Cutting Edge:Urban Geology:Activities

Urban Geology: Connections with Non-Science Disciplines

Urban Planning 101: Map Appreciation part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
This is a synthesis activity, providing closure to river and/or map units. Students will begin by looking at a series of maps, including 3D maps. They will brainstorm ways the natural world may interact with humans ...

Urban Geology: GIS, Geologic/Geophysical Mapping, Land Use



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