Geology and Geography
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Quaternary Paleoecology and Climate Change, Bladen County, NC part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Interpretation of Quaternary pollen record from Carolina Bay lakes in southeastern NC. This records goes back to the last interglacial and shows how much climate has changed vegetation even in this unglaciated spot.
Are You Smarter Than a Dinosaur? part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Students investigate the intelligence of dinosaurs by comparing the relative size of brain and body mass to living animals.
Graphing Tides part of Cutting Edge:Oceanography:Activities
Student graphing of high and low tide from locations showing the three tide types (diurnal, semi-diurnal, and mixed) and the Bay of Fundy (tidal amplitude increased by resonance). Students recognize that not all tides are the same and that location is an important control on tides.
Tsunami and the Depth of the Ocean part of Cutting Edge:Oceanography:Activities
An inquiry approach to using the celerity (=velocity) of a tsunami to measure the depth of the ocean along its path. Tsunami are shallow-water waves, because their wavelengths are so long relative to ocean depth. Shallow-water wave celerity depends on ocean depth. Students reason this out. They then determine the distance of the path of the tsunami from the epicenter of the 1964 Alaska Good Friday earthquake tsunami to various locations, use tsunami arrival times to calculate the velocity, and re-arrange the shallow-water celerity equation to calculate depth. Students evaluate the geographic distribution of water depths.
Oceanography part of Cutting Edge:Oceanography:Courses
The course emphasizes the "container" of the ocean, the ocean contents, ocean processes, and what happens when these interact.
Paleontology part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Courses
Paleontology is the study of past life. This includes both the organisms themselves and a variety of problems that study of the organisms can solve. During this semester, we will consider the more common fossil groups and survey some of the problems that can be solved using fossils. The course will combine informal lecture and lab segments, and we will also arrange field trips to see fossils in their semi-native habitat.