Aleshia Mueller

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Making a Soil Monolith part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
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Exploring Geochemistry in the Classroom Using MELTS Computational Tools part of Using Data in the Classroom:Datasheets
MELTS is a software package designed to facilitate thermodynamic modeling of phase equilibria in magmatic systems. Users can compute equilibrium phase relations for igneous systems over the temperature range 500-2000 °C and the pressure range 0-2 GPa.

Exploring the Geology of Mars using Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter Data part of Using Data in the Classroom:Datasheets
The Mars Orbital Laser Altimeter (MOLA) data set consists of two years of altimetry data on surface features on Mars. MOLA data sets are produced by the MOLA Science Team and archived by the Planetary Data Systems (more info) (PDS) Geosciences Node.

Exploring Geochemistry in the Classroom Using GEOROC Data part of Using Data in the Classroom:Datasheets
The Geochemistry of Rocks of the Oceans and Continents (GEOROC) is a database that provides chemical and isotopic data for rocks, minerals, and melt/fluid inclusions. GEOROC data is from multiple geological settings including convergent margins, ocean islands, seamounts, oceanic plateaus, submarine ridges, ocean-basin flood basalts, continental flood basalts, archean cratons, greenstone belts, and intraplate and rift volcanics. The site contains analyses for over 150,000 rock, mineral, and inclusion samples. Users can search the database by bibliography, tectonic setting, geographic coordinates, chemistry, or petrography.

Exploring Oceanography in the Classroom Using Data from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute part of Using Data in the Classroom:Datasheets
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) provides near real-time, quality controlled, oceanographic data in many places on it's website. Four of the main datasets include: mooring, mapping, MUSE (part of AOSN), and visual data. Moorings in the Monterey Bay provide real-time data for a number of parameters including surface and subsurface temperature and salinity; CO2 and O2 concentrations; atmospheric data; and relative fluorescence. Bathymetric data provides sea-floor surface maps from locations including Hawaii, the Monterey Bay region, and the Santa Barbara basin. Raw and processed data are available from the MOOS Upper-Water-Column Science Experiment (MUSE), which implemented a variety of methodologies and instrumentation to examine the impacts of natural iron enrichment on geochemical cycles and phytoplankton dynamics. An extensive visual data collection is also available, providing video and image data of organisms observed in the Monterey Bay region.