Mount Royal University
Lake Louise Field Project part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
During a fall field trip in second year, students measure bedding, cleavage, fold axes and bedding-cleavage intersection lineations. These measurements are used throughout the fall term to introduce the stereonet, and then to analyze folds and principal stress orientations in class and lab exercises. Students then have the option to write this exercise up (including map and cross-sections) to replace previous lab exercises.
Student Field Guide part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
This activity was inspired by the "Pet Rock" project of Daryl Henry. I developed this activity to be a capstone experience for our students. During the fall 4th year field trip, students are responsible for leading their field stop/project, and for collecting samples and measurements while at their stop. Students then analyze their samples/measurements as their term projects in the fall course. In the winter course the class compiles these field trip projects into their classes' field guide. Key Words: Field guide, tectonics, capstone
Google Earth Introduction to Canadian Cordillera part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
This exercise is intended to: i) give students an introduction to Google Earth, ii) guide the students through various geological structures using Google Earth, and iii) serve as an introduction to the key features covered during our Structural Geology field trip. For the purpose of a teaching activity, this is intended to provide a virtual field trip through the Canadian Cordillera. Many of the features illustrated during this activity would be useful for courses in geomorphology, structural geology, tectonics, and natural disasters. There is a work sheet for students to complete. The expected outcomes are that students should be: i) comfortable with using Google Earth as a tool for exploring geological structures, ii) familiar with the main geological boundaries throughout the Canadian Cordillera, iii) able to identify topographic expressions of faults, iv) able to identify various glacial landforms and v) more aware of the potential for natural disasters in their surroundings. This exercise should also assist students in developing the 3D visualization skills necessary for successful completion of their Introductory Structural Geology course.
Structural Geology part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Courses
This is a typical introductory course to Structural Geology. Because the course is small, I'm able to interweave lecture and labs and also to take the group on a weekend field trip through the Canadian Cordillera.