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Investigating Earthquakes: GIS Mapping and Analysis (College Level) part of Examples
This is a college-level adaptation of a chapter from the Earth Exploration Toolbook. The students download global quake data over a time range and use GIS to interpret the tectonic context. -

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Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Deformation, Earthquakes, Geography, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics

Mars Hydrologic Environments part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Discoveries from Mars:Activities
This activity examines the nature of streams and basins at three locations on Mars. Originally meant for users with access to ArcGIS, the exercise can also be used in introductory geology courses using images ...

Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Deformation, Solar System and Astronomy

Image Classification part of Examples
An exercise to use a simple image analysis program to classify land surface types seen in satellite imagery in order to analyze changes in landscape development over time. -

Earth System Topics: Geography, Surface Processes, Biosphere, Ecology, Hydrology, Human Dimensions:Land Use

Floodplains in the field (with GIS) part of Examples
In this GIS-enhanced lab, students measure a topographic and geologic cross-section across a floodplain by simple surveying and auguring techniques. -

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Hydrology, Solid Earth

When is Dinner Served? Predicting the Spring Phytoplankton Bloom in the Gulf of Maine (College Level) part of Examples
College-level adaptation of the Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter. Students explore the critical role phytoplankton play in the marine food web. -

Earth System Topics: Geography, Oceans, Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere

Looking into Earth with GIS (College Level) part of Examples
College-level adaptation of the Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter. Students work with a free GIS program, ArcVoyager SE, to explore earthquake data and plate tectonics. -

Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Deformation, Geography, Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics

Stream Gages and GIS part of Examples
Utilize the online GIS of the USGS real-time stream gage network to introduce basic concepts of data-driven maps and GIS. This exercise can be used independently or with other hydrology exercises. -

Earth System Topics: Surface Processes:Rivers and Lakes, Hydrology:Surface Water, Hydrology, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards

Measuring Distance and Area in Satellite Images (College Level) part of Examples
Users analyze NASA images of the Aral Sea using ImageJ. This Starting Point page provides general tips to adapt this Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter to college level. -

Earth System Topics: Hydrology, Solid Earth

Using GLOBE Data to Study the Earth System (College Level) part of Examples
College-level adaptation of an Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter that uses the GLOBE environmental data set to analyze surface measurements made by students around the world. -

Earth System Topics: Hydrology:Ground Water, Hydrology, Atmosphere:Weather, Atmosphere

Names in the Field: A Simple GPS Field Exercise part of Examples
Simple field exercise to introduce the concepts of GPS position data acquisition. Students "write" words in a field and upload the data to map it in GIS or spreadsheet software. -

Earth System Topics: Geography, Solid Earth

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