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Evaluation of watershed land-use changes and hydrologic impacts part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Tim Eaton, CUNY Queens College
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 ...

The Lifestyle Project part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Experience-Based Environmental Projects
Karin Kirk, Montana State University/SERC and John J. Thomas, Skidmore College
This three-week project challenges students to learn about environmental alternatives by modifying their own lifestyles. Throughout the project, students reduce their impacts on the environment by changing the way in which they live from day to day.

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The Lifestyle Project at Malaspina University-College, British Columbia part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Experience-Based Environmental Projects
Steven Earle, Geology Department, Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, BC, Canada
The project is used in two courses, both with the theme of understanding the environmental implications of our use of energy, exploring personal energy use, and learning about the types of energy available to Canadians. One is a face-to-face course for Education majors, the other is an on-line course available to all upper-level (3rd and 4th year) students.

Teaching the nitrogen cycle and human health interactions part of Cutting Edge:Geology and Human Health:Workshop 04:Activities
Margaret Townsend, University of Kansas Main Campus
This activity uses objects, pictures, and text in a matching game to define the nitrogen cycle and the environmental and human health impacts of nitrogen. The game can be used to associate useful and detrimental ...

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Chesapeake Interactive Modeling Project part of Cutting Edge:Visualization:Examples
Jay A. Austin
CHIMP is an interactive numerical model of Chesapeake Bay circulation. Users can vary freshwater flux and wind speed/direction and observe the response in real time, with several visualization options.

Understanding wetlands part of Cutting Edge:Urban Geology:Activities
Solomon Isiorho, Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne
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 ...

Plume Delineation Exercise part of Cutting Edge:Urban Geology:Activities
Steven Lev, Towson University
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 ...

Floods on the Minnesota River part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Ben Laabs, SUNY College at Geneseo
Students download and manipulate data from historical floods on the Minnesota River (could be done for any river) and use to establish a flood hazard zone for St. Peter, Minnesota. This lab was developed by ...

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Wastewater Treatment part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Bianca Pedersen, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
This activity involves a tour of the local waste water treatment plant, where the students learn about the waste water treatment process. Following the tour the students write up a paper describing the water's ...

Water flow in the subsurface part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Andrew Goodliffe, University of Alabama, The
Using an off-the-shelf mock-up of a hydrological system, students are asked to predict where water will flow. Dyed water is injected into various parts of the system so that the students can see the flow patterns.

Groundwater Lab part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Kim Hannula, Fort Lewis College
This lab uses "ant farm" groundwater models to demonstrate groundwater flow and the behavior of wells. The lab is organized so that students have to predict the behavior of the model before observing it.

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Plotting Florida River Data Using Excel part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Kim Hannula, Fort Lewis College
This exercise is used to prepare students to analyze data they will collect during their group project. It familiarizes students with previously collected data, and builds skills graphing and interpreting data.

Environmental Geology of the Area where you Live part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College
Students research and report on the environmental geology (resources and hazards) of the area around their home. The project helps develop students' abilities to apply what they have learned.

Groundwater Consulting Lab part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island
Students are given a real-world scenario in this lab exercise in which they must determine the extent of groundwater contamination while staying within a budget. They progressively request more information and ...

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Superfund Case Study part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Tait Chirenje, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, The
This exercise is meant to reinforce concepts covered in the whole course. It helps students integrate concepts from risk and toxicology, air, water and soil pollution, regulation and remediation technology.

Investigative Case: The Nancy Creek Challenge part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Developed for Lifelines Online by J.Bland, S. Carter, S. Mattox, and T. McCrary (www.bioquest.org/lifleines/ (more info) )
Students examine a case study of fish kill in Nancy Creek and identify the environmental conditions that favor life in a fresh water ecosystem.

Determining the 100-year floodplain of the Chippewa River part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Bianca Pedersen, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
In this in-class activity recurrence intervals are calculated for ten flooding events on the Chippewa River near Eau Claire Wisconsin. The students use 1:24000 topographic maps to determine the extent of the ...

Calculation of Stream Discharge part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Bruce Rueger, Colby College
This lab is a field oriented exercise that visits two sites on the same stream to calculate stream discharge. It illustrates the influences of stream cross-sectional area on discharge and the resistance of bedrock ...

What can you do? part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Carolyn Dowling, Arkansas State University-Main Campus
This activity helps students, specifically non-majors, to become more environmentally conscious. They identify a minimum of five behaviors, situations, or actions that are harmful to the environment and can be ...

Study of the Horsepen Creek Stream System part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Angela Moore, Guilford College
This is an in depth laboratory exercise that can be adapted to any stream system, and has been successfully implemented with classes composed primarily of non-majors. This field exercise allows students to go ...


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