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A Case Study: Geology, Remediation, Investigation at a RR Repair Shop Brownfield Site, St. Paul, Minnesota part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Kate Kleiter
A case-study approach can be used to introduce students to the work that geologists do as environmental consultants. Data used by environmental consultants for a Brownfield site that is currently undergoing ...

Two streams, two stories... How Humans Alter Floods and Streams part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Eric Baer, Highline Community College
An activity/lab where students determine the changes in 100-year flood determinations for 2 streams over time.

On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Collection This activity is part of the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activities collection.
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Water Resources part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Constantin Cranganu, CUNY Brooklyn College
This activity will demonstrate how water quality and environmental health issues can be analyzed together, how hydrologic information can be built up, and how decisions can be made using GIS.

Service Learning and Local Hydrogeology in the Classroom: An example from Anchorage, Alaska part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
LeeAnn Munk, University of Alaska Anchorage
A semester long project in which students work in small groups to analyze a local hydrogeology issue of importance to the community.

Western water law project part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Todd Rayne, Hamilton College
This activity allows students to use role-playing to learn about the connection between surface water and ground water.

Using the EXCEL Woburn Flow and Transport Model to Teach Modeling Concepts part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Scott Bair, Ohio State University-Main Campus
Modeling ties together many subjects taught in an introductory hydrogeology course. The goals of this activity are for students to learn why scientists and engineers use models, what types of models are commonly ...

'A Civil Action' 1-D Transport Game part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Scott Bair, Ohio State University-Main Campus
The 'A Civil Action' 1-D Transport Game is executed in an EXCEL spreadsheet and is designed to help students learn why models are used by scientists and engineers and what procedures must be met to ...

Investigative Case - Los Angeles and the Future of Mono Lake part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Developed by Monica Bruckner, Montana State University, based on the Los Angeles and the Future of Mono Lake WebQuest by Sarah Bordenstein, Marine Biological Laboratory.
The Los Angeles and the Future of Mono Lake WebQuest leads students in a guided exploration of Mono Lake's extreme environment and asks them to consider the preservation of this environment in relation to the needs of humans.

Quantitative Classroom Exercises part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Steven Schafersman, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, The
The four exercises give students an opportunity to use their knowledge of graphs, algebra, and maps to solve simple geological problems.

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 ...

Environment and the Earth Class part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Service Learning:Examples
Compiled by Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center. Based on Bixby et al. (2003), Ecology on Campus: Service Learning in Introductory Environmental Courses, Journal of College Science Teaching, v. 32, n.5, o, 327-331.
The Environment and the Earth class at the University of South Carolina participated in a campus environmental service-learning project where students collected data lighting, water fixtures, recycling bins, and trash in five academic buildings.

The Grand Canyon part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
Rebecca Teed, Wright State University-Main Campus
This interdisciplinary lesson plan deals with the consequences of damming in the Grand Canyon area. The students, role-playing as scientists, write a proposal to try experimental flooding. -

Calculating Resilience, Tipping Points, and Restoration for Lakes at Risk from Acid Rain part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching about Risk and Resilience:Activities
Bill Stigliani, University of Northern Iowa
This activity is about the resilience of watersheds at risk from acid rain, how they can lose their resilience and become dysfunctional when a tipping point is transgressed, and how the ecosystem can recover as a result of natural replenishment processes and laws enacted to reduce pollutant inputs.

Investigating the Precipitation-Streamflow Relationship part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Investigating the Precipitation-Streamflow Relationship
Nick Haddad
DATA: Streamflow data, Precipitation data. TOOL: Spreadsheet application. SUMMARY: Produce a graph to compare data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

Upper Hudson Dredging Debate part of Cutting Edge:Geology and Human Health:Workshop 04:Activities
Jeff Chiarenzelli, SUNY Potsdam
This exercise is intended to investigate, in detail, a current environmental problem, namely the environmental dredging of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the Upper Hudson River. After an introductory lecture ...

Water Quality-Total Dissolved Solids part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with Data:Examples
Bob Mackay, Clark College
Students use a microcomputer connected to a conductivity probe to measure the total dissolved solids in local area water samples. -

Explorations of Spatial Distributions of Environmental and Health-Related Data part of Cutting Edge:Geology and Human Health:Workshop 04:Activities
Nancy Thorpe, Hagerstown Community College
This activity introduces the student to basic concepts of spatial distribution of environmental and health data with an easy to use on-line mapping program. -

Surf Your Watershed: An Investigation of Discharge and Water Quality Impairments using EPA's watershed webpages part of Cutting Edge:Environmental Geology:Activities
Tarin Weiss, Westfield State University
This activity introduces students to the EPA's Surf Your Watershed website as they investigate a local waterway of their choice. The assignment guides students to analyze data about the waterway's ...

Lab 1: Getting to Know the Cryosphere part of EarthLabs for Educators:Climate and the Cryosphere
The lab activity described here was developed by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Use the button at the right to navigate to the student activity pages for this lab. To open the student pages in a ...

Investigating contaminant transport and environmental justice issues in a local watershed through service learning projects with Sierra Club part of Cutting Edge:Service Learning:Activities
Jennifer Houghton, Rhodes College
Students will be applying hydrogeology concepts and methods in the lab and the field and conducting interviews as part of a coherent characterization of water quality issues and potential risks in local low-income, ...


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