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Quantifying Groundwater Baseflow and Improving Math Skills through a Stream-Discharge Exercise part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Hydrogeology:Activities
A two-part exercise is presented where students quantify stream discharge and use the data to determine groundwater baseflow. They first use tedious hand calculations to compute discharge; then develop their own ...

Pathogenic Microorganisms in Water part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Hydrogeology:Activities
This activity introduces students to sampling and testing for microorganisms in different water sources. It also tests iodine tablets to kill coliform bacteria which interest many students. The activity utilizes ...

Take A Hike Assignment part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students are assigned to take a hike in a location of their choice and write a concise summary of their observations of Earth Science features and processes. This assignment is used near the end of an Earth Systems ...

Monument Creek hydraulics project part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Geomorphology:Activities
This is a several-part field and computer-based project that involves students in measurement of stream-channel geometry, basic stream-hydraulics calculations, and flood-frequency analysis. Its primary strengths ...

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

Drainage Basins Field Lab part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Geomorphology:Activities
This field activity and follow-up assignment explores the geomorphology of drainage basins in an active tectonic setting. It introduces basic concepts of drainage basin structure and landscape analysis using ...

Mass Wasting and Slope Stability part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Geomorphology:Activities
An investigation of mass movements along the shores of Lake MI. Students will assess strength characteristics of unconsolidated sediment in the field, survey the morphology of the movement, and determine the ...

part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
Describing rock outcrops and hand specimens -

Using Field Lab Write-ups to Develop Observational and Critical Thinking Skills part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Activities
This adaptation of field labs incorporates writing in the form of "Description" and "Interpretation" sections of a geologic report. It can be used in many types of field labs to improve critical ...

Using Field Observations and Field Experiences to Teach GeoscienceAn Illustrated Community Discussion part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Geoscience in the Field:Field Experiences:Posters
The introductory level course teaches geology majors basic skills in the context of a field-based problem, the integrating theme for the semester, so that they can more rapidly achieve an advanced skill level in ...

New Approaches to field-based analysis of stratigraphic sections part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
This is a field-based project that is designed to teach students how to interpret processes of deposition and paleoenvironments from outcrop.

Designing Sedimentary Geology Courses Around Field Projects With Realistic Scenarios part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Sedimentary geology courses can be structured around field projects that take advantage of the local geology and are placed within realistic situations to demonstrate the relevance of the work that sedimentologists ...

Bedform mapping in a coastal environment part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Students use a learning cycle of prediction-observation- comparison to investigate diverse bedforms exposed at low tide at a beach/inlet/tidal-delta complex and to relate them to formative flows.

How Effective is a Remediation System at a Regional Landfill? part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Geochemistry:Activities
In this activity, students begin exploring the effectiveness of a remediation system installed at a closed landfill system. Students learn the importance of redox chemistry in a real-world context and build field ...

Using GIS to estimate the volume of snow and water in a drainage basin part of Cutting Edge:Courses:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Todd Rayne, Hamilton College Summary This activity uses field measurements and GIS to estimate the volume of water in the form of snow in a field site. Context Type and level of course I use this in a ...

Recognizing and mapping faults using lidar and field data part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
In this activity, students create a geologic map and cross-section of the Fish Springs cinder cone and surrounding area in the Owens Valley, CA, using a high-resolution DEM developed from airborne lidar data as a ...

Geologic Mapping Exercise part of Cutting Edge:Manage Your Career:Early Career:Previous Workshops:Workshop 2010:Teaching Activities
This exercise is designed to simulate some of the mapping aspects of a basic geological investigation. This mock geological investigation is a good wrap-up exercise because it incorporates a variety of geological ...

Bedforms to Facies to Prediction: Walther's Law and Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis, Blackhawk Formation, Utah part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
This field exercise challenges students to apply their knowledge of bedforms to interpret facies within a vertical section of the Blackhawk Formation, Utah. The students draft a vertical succession of the outcrop ...

A Cross-Section and Geologic History from Field Data Collected by Second Year Students in the St Francois Mountains of Missouri part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This field activity takes place during a 3-day field trip to St Francois Mountains, Missouri. Students use their field data to construct a cross-section through a portion of the field area.

How to be a field geologist: an in-class exercise to introduce students to basic outcrop analysis part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This in-class exercise is designed to give students practice analyzing outcrops before they go on a field trip. First, students watch a short video tutorial on analyzing an outcrop. Then, they are given a color ...

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