Geology and Geophysics
Louisiana State University
Earthquake Epicenter Location Exercise using Google Earth and OneNote part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Students are provided with data from 4 seismograms which are used to plot the epicenter of an earthquake using OneNote to pick the P-S wave arrival gap and Google Earth to plot the circles which intersect at the epicenter.
Interpretation of plate boundaries from topography, bathymetry, volcanoes, and earthquake focal depths using Google Earth and OneNote part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Students are provided with data on topography, bathymetry, locations of earthquakes and volcanoes and earthquake focal depths in Google Earth. They are asked to plot a cross-section of topography/bathymetry and earthquake focal depths in OneNote and determine the type of plate boundary.
Animated Ray Paths in MS Powerpoint part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
A series of MS PowerPoint slides that illustrate ray paths for reflection and refraction. They can be used in lecture and/or laboratory assignments or posted on a web page for students to review on their own time. Animation allows students to see that different waves travel at different velocities. It also illustrates the relationship between distance and time for arrivals.
Historical Volcanic Eruptions part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students are asked to individually research and write a paper on a historical volcanic eruption and then are formed into groups to create a 10 minute stand-alone PowerPoint presentation which is shown and discussed in class. These projects work on basic skills in research including referencing works as well as communication skills. It is also a lot of fun!
Plate Motions part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students are asked to removed the last 40 Ma of ocean crust from an isochron map and then put the plates back together. This exercise helps students see that plates and plate boundaries canNOT be stationary through geologic time
Honors Physical Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
Introduction to Physical Geology using Grotzinger et al. This is an honors section of the course so it is taught at a higher level and more work is required. This class is also certified as communication intensive (written and visual).
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