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Evidence for Active Tectonics in local watersheds-Fluvial geomorph
Cathy Connor, University of Alaska Southeast
In this lab, student analyze imagery from fieldtrip sites to identify fluvial geomorphic and tectonic processes.

VEPP: "Doing Science" in General Education, University Earth Science Courses: Patterns of Seismicity at Plate Boundaries
David Moecher, University of Kentucky
This is an exercise that is in development and has not yet been fully tested in the classroom. Please check back regularly for updates and changes. General education courses for non-science majors at many ...

Seismicity and Relative Risk
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
This activity introduces students to using real-time data about earthquakes to make decisions. -

Yellowstone! A National Park on a Hot Spot
Module by: Judy McIlrath, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students use foundational math to study the velocity of the North American Plate over the hot spot, the volume of eruptive materials from it, and the recurrence interval of the cataclysmic eruptions.

Observations and Measurements in Geology
Stacey Cochiara, New Jersey City University
This exercise gives students an introduction to topics they will encounter throughout the semester, and future course work. It covers plate tectonics, weathering, and basic rock descriptions.

Poleward Heat Transport Jigsaw
E. Christa Farmer, Hofstra University
Based on great plate tectonic exercise by Sawyer et al. (2005 JGE), this small-group exercise with maps of data about earth's energy balance helps students visualize poleward heat transport.

Getting to the Point: Exploring Tectonic Motion at Point Reyes National Seashore
Module by: Judy McIlrath, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students use foundational math to calculate such earthquake-related numbers as fault displacement rate and earthquake recurrence interval associated with the San Andreas Fault at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Using GPS data to analyze crustal strain -or- Where is the boundary between the Pacific and North American plates?
Laurel Goodell, Princeton University
Students determine and interpret crustal strain along the Pacific/North American plate boundary in southern California. They do this by using GPS time series data to plot strain ellipses in the study area, first by hand (to understand how the method works) and then by using provided Matlab code.

Computerized Field Trip Preview of the Berkshire Mountains
Chris Condit, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
This is a computer (Windows, Macintosh) based exercise designed to take about two hours. Students use a 5 page short-answer study sheet with the Berkshire Field Trip Map, Guidebook and associated images of the ...


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