Karl Wirth is an igneous petrologist, geochemist, and Associate Professor of Geology at Macalester College. His research interests are concerned primarily with the origins of igneous rocks and the chemical evolution of the Earth's crust and upper mantle.
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Using An M&M Magma Chamber To Illustrate Magmatic Differentiation part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Petrology:Teaching Examples
Fractional crystallization by gravity settling can be illustrated using a model magma chamber consisting of M&M's®. In this model, each major cation (e.g., Si, Ti, Al, Fe, Mg, Ca, Na, K) is ...
Learning About Thinking and Thinking About Learning part of Cutting Edge:Affective Domain:Activities
A document about learning provides background information for classroom activities to help students be more intentional about their thinking and learning
Reading Reflections part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
Reading reflections are submitted online each day before class and after completing a reading assignment. Three short questions guide the student to reflect more deeply on their understanding.
Using an M&M® Magma Chamber to Illustrate Magmatic Differentiation part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
submitted by Karl Wirth, Macalester College The M&M® magma chamber exercise was developed to provide students first-hand experience with the process of magmatic differentiation by fractional crystallization ...
Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Karl Wirth Macalester College - The Petrology course at Macalester College is designed around a semester-long project. All laboratory and classroom activities within the course are directed toward understanding and ...
Karl Wirth part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Workshop 08:Participant Essays
Learning About Thinking and Thinking About Learning: Metacognitive Knowledge and Skills for Intentional Learners by Karl Wirth, Department of Geology & Center for Scholarship and Teaching, Macalester College ...
Karl Wirth part of Cutting Edge:Affective Domain:Workshop 07:Workshop Participants
Dept. of Geology, Macalester College Homepage What are the key issues related to the role of the affective domain in teaching geoscience that you would like to engage at the workshop? How do we teach it? What do ...