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Beartooth Highway Field Trip and Activities
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
This day-long field trip was part of the Teaching Petrology in the 21st Century workshop. The activity description/assignment file provided below includes 3 field exercises, including outcrop observation and ...

When and How Did Continental Crust Form?
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
Many models have been proposed regarding the timing and mechanisms that first formed the continental crust. The purpose of this exercise is to help students explore the question of crustal genesis and evolution ...

Hotspot Lesson: Hotspot Theory and Plate Velocities
Jamie A. Russell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Related Links Relative Dating Mantle Plumes Samoan Hotspot Final Hotspot Project View Lesson Plan at ERESE ...
This activity provides the students with a data set of ages of some of the Hawaiian Volcanoes and seamounts and how far they are from the active volcanism (considered to be the location of the hotspot). By plotting the data on a graph and fitting the data with a line of best fit, the plate velocity can be estimated by taking the slope of the line.

Describe and Interpret Images: Folded Strata
Rebecca Teed, Wright State University-Main Campus; Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
In class, have students make a simple sketch of an outcrop shown in a slide (or computer projection) then discuss possible interpretations. -

Hotspot Lesson: Samoan Hotspot
Jamie A. Russell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Related Links Relative Dating Hotspot Theory and Plate Velocities Mantle Plumes Final Hotspot Project View Lesson Plan at ERESE ...
This lesson discusses the similarities and difference between Samoa and Hawaii. Both Samoa and Hawaii are island chains in the Pacific and thought to be the result of hotspots.

ConcepTest: Western U.S. Volcanoes and Earthquakes #1
The map below shows the plate configurations along the western margin of North America. At which of the locations would we be most likely to find active volcanoes? a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E

ConcepTest: Location of Volcanoes
Which one of these boundaries pictured in the diagrams below is least likely to have active volcanoes? A. a B. b C. c

Mapping Plate Tectonic Boundaries
Michael Kerwin, University of Denver
This activity asks students to explore a National Geographic map showing Earth's plate tectonic boundaries. The exercise lets the students examine relationships between plate tectonic boundaries and geologic ...

Learning Assessment #8 - Concept Map (2011)
Leslie Reid, University of Calgary; Michelle Speta, University of Alberta
An end of the term, in-class activity that challenges students to synthesize their understanding of the fundamental concepts taught over the course of the semester - plate tectonics, the rock cycle, geologic time ...

Volcanoes Around the Globe
Mark Abolins, Middle Tennessee State University
Undergraduate non-majors use the Arcview geographic information system (GIS) to explore volcanic hazards and the geochemistry of volcanic rocks. Students explore geochemical data from the GEOROC global database and ...

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