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Red Beans and Rice: Slope failure experimental modeling part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Geomorphology:Activities
Students replicate a slope failure experiment published in Science (Densmore et al., 1997) using a simple, acrylic slope failure box in an effort to forge a link between autocyclic processes, long-term landscape ...

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Calculating Compositional Variation and Common Substitutions for Igneous and Metamorphic Minerals part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Petrology:Teaching Examples
This problem set uses Excel spreadsheets to calculate mineral formulae from analytical data (typically from the electron microprobe) using a variety of formulations that assume numerous variations of crystal ...

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Testing the Fixed-hotspot-moving-plate model part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students examine hot spot tracks, magnetic inclination data, and coral data from the Hawaii-Emperor Seamount Chain to test the hypothesis that hotspots are fixed. Most students have learned somewhere that hotspots ...

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Relative Dating on Earth and Mars part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students apply principles of relative dating to a cross-section, then to the surface of Mars.

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Porosity and Permeability part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students explore the properties of porosity and permeability using everyday items and geological materials. This activity has several components to appeal to different learning styles.

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The Scientific Method part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
This assignment is designed to introduce the students to the idea and process of the scientific method. They are led to recognize that much of their own thinking is through the Scientific Method.

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Groundwater Lab part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
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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Physical Geology: Idaho Field Trip part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Optional field trip to local sites of geologic interest/relevance.

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Groundwater Consulting Lab part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
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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Humans as Geomorphic Agents part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Geomorphology:Activities
An introduction to order-of-magnitude calculations and reading quantitative journal articles.

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