Kathy Benison

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Geology
Central Michigan University

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Activities (3)

Using Real Data from Ice Cores and Salt Cores to Interpret Paleoclimate part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
The goals of this project are to engage sedimentary geology students in critical thinking about global warming. I present information about how ice cores and halite cores record past temperature data. Then, students use four paleoclimate curves from the past 150,000 yrs to make interpretations about temporal and spatial aspects of paleoclimate and to use that data to make predictions about future global climate trends.

Growing Salt: An Independent Course Research Project Investigating Chemical Sediments part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
In this assignment, students design, implement, and report on their own mini-research project involving the growth of salts. This gives students practical research experience, as well a better understanding of how water chemistry and conditions affect chemical sedimentation and early diagenesis.

Cementation and Neomorphism: Incorporating the Basics of Diagenesis into Any Sedimentary Geology Course part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Diagenesis is an important sedimentary process and undergraduate students greatly benefit from learning how to recognize and interpret common diagenetic features. This can be accomplished with a two to three week unit that includes lectures and lab activities that focus on cementation and neomorphism, but also includes dissolution, compaction, and paragenetic sequences.


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Sedimentary Geology Workshop 06: Leader