Calibrated Peer ReviewTM: Kerguelen Plateau, Southern Indian Ocean - Geologic History of A Large Igneous Province
This activity explores the significance and geologic history of the Kerguelen Plateau Large Igneous Province, as revealed by Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Legs 120 and 183. After they examine all the source material (links provided in the activity page), the students write an essay addressing the important points of what they learned. The Calibrated Peer Review interface is then used to give feedback on the essays.
- Increase their knowledge and understanding of geological processes forming Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs), and document the geologic history of one such region.
- Write an essay summarizing the significance and geologic history of the Kerguelen Plateau Large Igneous Province, as revealed by Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Legs 120 and 183.
Context for Use
This activity is appropriate for a structural geology or petrology class where students are expected to learn about Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs).
Assignment Preview: A full version of the activity can be obtained by faculty after they register on the CPR site ( This site may be offline. ) .
Teaching Notes and Tips
Information on Calibrated Peer Review and how to make use of it in your classroom can be found on this Starting Point Page: Calibrated Peer Review
The student essays are evaluated using Calibrated Peer Review. Students read and grade a few sample papers, then read and grade some of their peers' papers, and finally re-read and evaluate their own writing.
References and Resources
Background information about the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) (more info)
Options for HTML Formatting of CPR text (more info) : This page explains how students can use simple HTML commands to format their CPR essay.
CPR Text Rating Guidelines (more info) : This file contains guidelines to help you students CPR essays.
Historical Geology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:
Peer Assessment, Activities:
Grade LevelCollege Lower (13-14):
Ready for Use
Ready to Use
ThemeTeach the Earth:Teaching Environments:
Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:
Earth System TopicsSolid Earth:Earth Materials:
Rocks, Solid Earth:
Igneous Processes, Time/Earth History
Time/Earth History, Solid Earth