John Dawson

Mathematics and Science

Kirkwood Community College

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Activities (2)

My Favorite Dead Thing part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This is a short writing assignment asking the students to write about their favorite extinct organism. This gives the students a chance to explore something that they find interesting and at the same time link it back to some of the ideas discussed in class.

Sedimentary Environments part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This lab emphasizes a few basic principles used to decipher past sedimentary depositional environments including sediment grain size, sorting, and arrangement along with sedimentary structures. The major strength of this lab is that students should be able to apply the principles relatively easily.


Evolution of the Earth part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
A presentation of basic concepts in historical geology, which includes the origin of the earth, stratigraphy, the geological time scale and geochronology, evolution and the fossil record, and plate tectonics. A review of Precambrian to the present utilizes these principles in the interpretation of earth history.

Events and Communities

Introductory Courses 2008 Participants