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Campus Map Scale part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students are given a map of the campus and asked to devise a method to determine the map scale. The method for determining scale is not prescribed, requiring the students to work in small groups to brainstorm a ...

Measuring the Earth part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
With a colleague at the University of Kansas, we measure the size of the Earth using the method of Eratosthenese. This is handy because the UH and KU campuses are almost directly on a N-S line.

Introduction to Google Earth part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
This assignment is designed as an introductory Google Earth tutorial on navigation; layers and featured content; and the creation and modification of Placemarks, Paths, and Polygons. The assignment is intended as a ...

Contour Basics: JAVA Mac/PC part of Teaching with Visualizations:Visualization Examples
A great on-line resource for introducing students to contour plots.

Tutorials for Introducing ArcGIS into Introductory Geoscience Courses part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Three sequential modular exercises introduce geoscience students to the power of GIS and give them experience with the kinds of GIS raster image analysis tasks commonly used by geoscientists. You might also be ...

Using Google Earth & GIS to Create a Customized Map part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students are introduced to cartographic concepts and learn how to use GIS to make a proper map with scale information, location (longitude and latitude), orientation and appropriate title.

Florida River Project: Semester-long group project part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
This is a semester-long group research project that uses a local river to integrate several lab and field activities. The project covers topographic maps, rock and mineral identification, measuring data in the ...

Florida River Project: Minerals in the field part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
This is a field trip that is part of a semester-long research project. In this lab, students visit part of their research site to look at rocks and minerals in the study area.

Wind River Eco-Challenge: A Virtual Excursion Exercise for Introducing Topographic Maps part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
This classroom activity simulates an eco-challenge course in the Wind River Mountains, which are close to our campus. Our goal is that students approach their recreational adventures more prepared than they would ...

Google Earth, Streams, and Glaciers part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
In this assignment, students download Google Earth and use it to investigate some of the fluvial and glacial processes introduced in lecture.