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Teaching Activity Collection

These activities have been developed or adapted by Carleton faculty. For many more assignments from multiple disciplines, see the SERC activity collection. These assignments are presented in a common format so that other educators can make use of them more easily. Faculty are invited to submit activities to the collection at any time.


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Concept puzzles about geophysical methods part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
These exercises can be used in class to insure students have a firm grasp on the concepts behind a variety of geophysical techniques and can take anywhere between 10-45 minutes.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Magnetism/Paleomag, Seismology, Exploration Methods:Refraction, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Gravity

Izmit Earthquake part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
This lab allows students to analyze earthquake seismicity from the North Anatolian fault using a variety of methods.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Geophysics and Structural Geology

Metamorphism of siliceous dolostone: An example from the Alta stock, Utah part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Petrology:Teaching Examples
In this exercise students study the low variance mineral assemblages from the contact aureole of the Alta stock to learn how rock and fluid compositions control mineral assemblages during contact metamorphism.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Rock Suites and Facies, Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria, Metamorphic Processes

Peer Review of Multimedia Web Sites Authored by Student Teams part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This activity is a peer-review exercise where students, as individuals, write templated reviews of draft web sites authored by student teams. The web sites are created over an entire term and relate to a topic ...

Fossils in Context: creating your own fossiliferous 'limestone' part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Our museum collection is full of loose, individual, beautiful fossils of marine invertebrates. I try to get students to understand that most fossils they might actually find in the field are locked in rock, and ...

Subject: Geoscience:Paleontology:Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction , Paleoecology

Friday Forum: Reading from the Primary Literature part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
All students in the course read the same paper from the primary literature and write three questions about the paper. These questions are compiled by the instructor and distributed to the class before the paper is ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology

Using the Autocorrelation Function in NIH-Image to Determine Shape-Preferred Orientations part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
Students learn how to use the autocorrelation function in NIH-Image to quantify shape-preferred orientations. Students develop understanding of what the autocorrelation function does by using synthetic images and ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Microstructures, Deformation Mechanisms, Fabrics, Structural Visualizations

Intro to Environmental Geology Writing Assignment part of Cutting Edge:Student Learning: Observing and Assessing:Activities with Rubrics
Students in an introductory environmental geology class research the Dust Bowl, analyze information and data and develop a written argument.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Evolution of climate and atmosphere, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Air quality, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Environmental Science:Air Quality:Dust and Particulates, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Air quality:Dust and Particulates, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records

Geothermal Gradients part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Petrology:Teaching Examples
In this problem set the students use two different equations to calculate a conductive geothermal gradient using a spreadsheet program like Excel. Once they have the geothermal gradient plotted, they are asked to ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Processes, Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria, PTt Relationships

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Elizabeth Clark and Mary Savina, Carleton College - This activity uses historical precipitation and temperature data from the NDP-041 data set to expose students to the types and applications of climatological ...

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Measurements, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology