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Water World: Large Waterbodies

Julia Kahmann-Robinson PhD and Marjorie Chan PhD, University of Utah Department of Geology & Geophysics
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It is hypothesized that an ocean might have existed on Mars. Students will learn what sedimentary structures of Earth marine environments in the ancient look like and the processes by which they formed. From this Earth-analog approach students will observe Mars imagery and determine whether or not a Mars ocean might have existed in the distant past.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

Context for Use

This learning module is meant for adaptation in an introductory earth science course and/or planetary science course.  The In-Class Activities can be easily adapted for homework when desired. 

Description and Teaching Materials

Compiled In-Class Activities and Homework

In-Class Activity


Teaching Notes and Tips


Each In-Class Activity and/or Homework has its own measure of Assessment.

References and Resources

  1. Image File: Water World (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 17.4MB Oct23 12)
  2. Spit Formation in the UK and longshore drift:
  3. Lake Bonneville video:
  4. NASA Video "Keeping up with Carbon":
  5. Beachy Head geology: