Lawrence L. Malinconico

Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Lafayette College

Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects

Activities (5)

Earthquake resistant design part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
In groups of two, the students design and build a three-story building to be as earthquake resistant as possible. Using an in-house designed and built shaker table, we load each floor of the building based on area (to simulate actual structural loading) and shake them to see which designs last the longest and why.

Groundwater Depth and Fracture Pattern Determination part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Learning to use the resistivity methodology for both vertical profiling and horizontal mapping.

Gravity and Magnetic Consulting Project part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
This project involves the design, implementation, data collection, analysis and report writing for gravity and magnetic survey conducted over a two month period during the course.

Integrated Field Project in Structural Geology and Sedimentology/Stratigraphy part of Cutting Edge:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
By combining the curricular and learning objectives across traditionally separate undergraduate courses in Sedimentology/Stratigraphy and Structural Geology, Lafayette College has developed an innovative year-long course focusing on basin and structural analysis. An extended structural and stratigraphic field-mapping project in the structurally complex Bighorn Basin provides on-the-ground training for our students. This is then coupled with numerous laboratory projects focusing on interpreting the data collected in the field.

Geologic Mapping and Geologic History: Sheep Mountain, Wyoming part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Half way through the second semester of our year-long integrated Sed/Strat and Structure course we travel to Sheep Mountain, Wyoming where the students spend 5 days describing and measuring section and the constructing geologic and structural maps. The field data gathered then form the basis for a paper titled: "Geologic History of the Sheep Mountain Region". In addition to simply making geologic maps, stratigraphic sections and structural cross-sections, the students have to put the local geology into the broader contexts of the Big Horn Basin and sequences of western orogenies.

Courses (2)

Geological Disasters: Agents of Chaos part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, and asteroid impacts are all part of the geologic evolution of the earth. For many different reasons, humans are exposed to the often severe consequences of living in areas vulnerable to the violence of nature. This course examines these processes from both scientific and personal perspectives to understand why and where they occur and how human activity has interfered with natural processes, perhaps making the planet more prone to disaster.

Environmental Geophysics part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
The students are exposed to the geophysical methods that geologists and civil engineers use to examine a number of different geological and environmental problems. While it will be important to understand the theory behind the methods, the course focuses on real applications of the various geophysical methods discussed in class. As a result, a great deal of the learning in this course goes on outside of the walls of the classroom. When the course is completed the student should be able to conduct geophysical field projects and understand the science behind the techniques.

Other Contribution

Geol120: Geological Disasters; Agents of Chaosat Lafayette College part of Math You Need:Implementations
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Events and Communities

Geophysics Workshop 2007 Participants

Introductory Courses 2008 Participants

Teaching Geoscience in the Field in the 21st Century Participants

Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012