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Stream Gages and GIS part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with GIS:Examples
Utilize the online GIS of the USGS real-time stream gage network to introduce basic concepts of data-driven maps and GIS. This exercise can be used independently or with other hydrology exercises.

Floodplains in the field (with GIS) part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with GIS:Examples
In this GIS-enhanced lab, students measure a topographic and geologic cross-section across a floodplain by simple surveying and auguring techniques.

When is Dinner Served? Predicting the Spring Phytoplankton Bloom in the Gulf of Maine (College Level) part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with GIS:Examples
College-level adaptation of the Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter. Students explore the critical role phytoplankton play in the marine food web.

Looking into Earth with GIS (College Level) part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with GIS:Examples
College-level adaptation of the Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter. Students work with a free GIS program, ArcVoyager SE, to explore earthquake data and plate tectonics.

Image Classification part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with GIS:Examples
An exercise to use a simple image analysis program to classify land surface types seen in satellite imagery in order to analyze changes in landscape development over time.

Investigative Case - Los Angeles and the Future of Mono Lake part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
The Los Angeles and the Future of Mono Lake WebQuest leads students in a guided exploration of Mono Lake's extreme environment and asks them to consider the preservation of this environment in relation to the needs of humans.

Investigative Case - "Home, Home on the River" part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Students will examine the complex issues that result from human use of ecologically sensitive areas. The students will investigate these issues from the point of view of their major/career path.

Investigative Case - "Goodbye Honey Buckets" part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Students will investigate arctic geology and hydrology as well as tundra ecology as they consider options for sewage treatment. Public safety, environmental impact, and issues of construction and engineering will be explored.

Investigative Case - "Holy Starbucks Batman!" part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Students will investigate caffeine as a potential new pollutant in a northwest river system. Effects of caffeine on invertebrates and salmon fry will be explored through field work and lab work.

Glacial Geology in the Field part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
Students describe and interpret glacial features exposed in gravel pits and outcrops.