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Weather Map Assignment part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This assignment assesses how well students are able to record and synthesize basic meteorological data.

Pop Bottle Hydrograph part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Create hydrograph and explore changes in physical parameters on form of hydrograph. Set up is easy: water is sprinkled into a model watershed (sand in pop bottle) and allowed to dribble onto cheap digital scale. ...

Physical Geology: Amazing GeoRace part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Allows introductory physical geology students the opportunity to examine various uses of geological materials in society, in a manner that is also fun and enjoyable.

Metamorphism and Continental Collision part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This is an exercise designed to help students link metamorphism and other geologic processes in context of the plate tectonic theory.

Riverbank rock identification part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Students collect rocks from a sand-bed river, identify them, and place them on a bedrock geology map of Minnesota to identify the original rock sources.

Geomorphic Analysis of Soils part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Students will sample and describe a series of soils in the field. Data gathered in the field will be used to compare sampled soils to mapped soils and local soil development.

Shoreline Geomorphology Lab part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Students will observe shoreline processes, sketch and describe beach and barrier island profiles, and investigate the impact of development and shoreline control structures on beaches.

Geomorphology Field Research Project part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This research project allows students to integrate and apply their geomorphic knowledge in a comprehensive study of a local landscape. Working in teams, they investigate uplifted alluvial deposits along the ...

Rainfall patterns and drainage density part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
The students use ARC GIS to make maps of the island of Hawaii to identify the locations of river channels. The students are also given a map of precipitation so that they can relate drainage density to rainfall ...

Salt Tracer and Area-Velocity Water Discharge part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Problem set on water discharge measurements done during an earlier class meeting. Could also be done as a lab.

Continental Glaciation - Landforms part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This exercise provides reinforcement for student learning of the processes under and around continental ice sheets that form geomorphic features. The goal is to strengthen each student's ability to associate ...

Soil Field Descriptions and Soil Forming Processes part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This assignment covers the basic techniques of soil descriptions in the field using a modified version of the NRCS Field Book for Describing and Sampling Soils (2002). Students investigate soil profiles at ...

Ordering Geologic Events and Interpreting Geologic History: The Grand Canyon part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This activity is designed to have students re-examine rocks they looked at earlier in the semester and use them to interpret some of the geologic history of the Grand Canyon.

Google Earth, Streams, and Glaciers part of Cutting Edge: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.

Rivers and Streams part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This lab activity has students collect stream data in the field and calculate flow velocity, discharge and gradient. Additional activities include plotting clast size on a Hjulstrom Diagram, and unit conversions.

Incomprehensibly Small and Incomprehensibly Large part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students are asked to consider the length scales of the universe, from smallest to largest. Using a logarithmic scale in cm units, various distances are resolved ranging from the smallest meaningful length in ...

Temperature/Salinity/Density activity part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This is an in-class activity designed to improve the students' understanding of the relationships between temperature and density, salinity and density, and density differences in driving vertical water ...

Geomorphology Problem Set part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This is an example of an exam//problem set I assigned to my Geomorphology class, which is a General Education offering at the U of Utah. The questions are rather generalized, but they can be answered to varying ...

Glacial Landforms part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Students learn to identify glacial landforms on aerial photography and other imagery. Students appreciate the value of seeing the images in 3-D.

Soil Properties and Geomorphology part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Compare soil data to different ages of fluvial terraces. Students enter data into Excel and interpret it themselves.