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Earthquake Investigation Workshop: Shake, Rattle, & Rock
Daniel Murray, University of Rhode Island
This workshop is part of an NSF-funded effort to provide professional development to STEM teachers in Rhode Island. In this activity, students will make "earthquakes" using a simple model, the earthquake ...

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Analytical and Numerical Insight into Lava Flows and Cinder Cones on Earth, Mars and Venus
Eric Grosfils, Pomona College
This three part exercise introduces students to comparative planetary geology using volcanology as the subject and both analytical and (for visualization of cone-building processes) numerical methods. Material ...

Mapping Plate Boundaries
Rurik Johnson (Plymouth Middle School)
Students can discover plate boundaries by plotting different sets of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on maps. These are then stacked on the overhead projector, outlining the tectonic plates. -

The Woodlark Basin as a Natural Laboratory for the Study of the Geological Sciences
Andrew Goodliffe, University of Alabama, The
This activity is designed to show introductory physical geology students how geoscientists use many different types of data to solve a geological problem. In this exercise the students integrate basic geological ...

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.

How myths form: Accounts from Mt. Pelee
Lynne Elkins, Bryn Mawr College
This is a great activity for class sizes ranging from small seminars to lecture classes. It's particularly appropriate for courses that relate hazards/volcanism to culture, society, and human interest subjects ...

Fire and Ice: Identify and compare volcanic and glacial features on land and seafloor.
Elizabeth Hjelm
Bathymetry and topography are used to identify and compare glacial and volcanic features of the Sand Point area, Alaska.

JiTT - Life on the Moon and Mars
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine
1) Based on "Microbial Colony in US..." article, what are Archaea? 2) From the same article, which of the following is NOT evidence to support life on Mars? a) Mars' subsurface groundwater system b) ...

The nature of volcanism as controlled by viscosity
Liz King
This activity is fun to include in a classroom. This activity has the students design demonstrations using ketchup and peanut butter to document how viscosity differences between rhyolite and basalt control various ...

Question of the Day: Making a Scientific Argument
A scientific argument must persuade the reader that the data you present, and your arguments are strong enough, to support your theory, model, or proposed action. The effective writer will make it easy for the ...


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