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How Do We Estimate Magma Viscosity? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with SSAC:Examples
SSAC Physical Volcanology module. Students build a spreadsheet to examine how magma viscosity varies with temperature, fraction of crystals, and water content using the non-Arrhenian VFT model.

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Floodplains in the field part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
In this lab, students measure a topographic and geologic cross-section across a floodplain by simple surveying and auguring techniques.

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Building-Stone Geology part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
Students in an area remote from igneous and metamorphic rocks wrote papers on the properties of locally used building stones and gave a walking tour in which they presented their results.

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"Adopt an Outcrop" part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
Describing rock outcrops and hand specimens

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Half Life Model part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend the nature of half life. Students use the model to simulate the decay of radionuclides. The ...

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Vostok Ice Core: Excel (Mac or PC) part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Mathematical and Statistical Models:Examples
Students use Excel to graph and analyze Vostok ice core data (160,000 years of Ice core data from Vostok Station). Data includes ice age, ice depth, carbon dioxide, methane, dust, and deuterium isotope relative abundance.

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Fracture Fundamentals: A Cheesy Analog part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This activity has students make small cuts in processed cheese food and then apply shear stress perpendicular or parallel to the cuts to see what sort of fracturing will occur.

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How Fast Do Materials Weather? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
A think-pair-share activity in which students calculate weathering rates from tombstone weathering data.

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Carbon Dioxide Exercise part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Students work in groups, plotting carbon dioxide concentrations over time on overheads and estimating the rate of change over five years.

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Earth's Radiation Budget: Part 1 part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Data:Examples
In this activity students explore the Earth's radiation budget using Earth radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) data archived at the IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library (more info) .

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