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South Carolina Studies: Bringing the Geologic Time Scale Down to Earth in the Students' Backyard
John Wagner, Clemson University
Students visit Drayton Hall historic plantation near Charleston, South Carolina and are led on a field trip that starts with a discussion of documented historic changes that have affected the mansion and the surrounding property. The field trip continues with a study of Native American artifacts and ends with analysis of coastal plain deposits exposed along the Ashley River. Students use paleogeographic maps to discuss both historic and prehistoric changes to the landscape. Back in the classroom, students gather data to draw paleogeographic maps of their own school site through geologic time.

South Carolina Studies: Bringing the Geologic Time Scale Down to Earth in the Students' Backyard
South Carolina Studies - Bringing the Geologic Time Scale Down to Earth in the Students' Backyard: John R. Wagner, Clemson University Intended Audience: This exercise is suitable for the general public, though ...

Using Dendrochronology to Determine the Age and Past Environments of the Black Forest Region, Colorado, USA
Paul Grogger, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
The use of dendrochronology in determining the geologic history of a location. The development of an understanding how tree growth can indicate the relationships between climate, geomorphology, ecology and archeology.

Assembling a Geologic History
Mary Savina, Carleton College
Assemble a regional geologic history by compiling observations made a several sites. -

Field Trip to Enfield Glen, NY Finger Lakes Region
Alexandra Moore, Cornell University-Endowed Colleges
This is a 2.5 hour field trip in which students search through strata of the Upper Devonian Catskill Delta for paleocurrent indicators that allow them to infer paleogeographic differences between Devonian and ...

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Physical Geology: Idaho Field Trip
Simon Kattenhorn, University of Idaho
Optional field trip to local sites of geologic interest/relevance.

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A field trip to explore rock formation and tectonics of southern California
Andy Barth, Indiana University-Bloomington
In this contribution, we provide an example of a one-day trip to examine Proterozoic metamorphic and Mesozoic intrusive igneous rocks that are easily accessible along and near roads in southern California. The ...

Correlating building stone type with building age to introduce the concept of dating rocks using index fossils
Wayne Powell, CUNY Brooklyn College
Contributed by: Wayne Powell, Brooklyn College Topics: building stones, rocks, rock properties, correlation, relative and absolute dating, index fossils, geologic history Course Type: introductory level This ...

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America
Thomas W. Oesleby
Thomas W. Oesleby Northwest College - Students learn to use a geologic compass to measure rock fractures and formulate a hypothesis to explain the origin of the fractures -

Rock Characteristics Exploration at Minnehaha Falls
Andrea Dugan Nicollet Junior High Burnsville School District, MN based on TIMES XIII
This activity is a field investigation where students observe and develop ideas about rock outcrops and rock characteristics.

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