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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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Applying Lessons Learned to the Volcanic Risk at Mt. Rainier part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Jigsaws:Examples
In this jigsaw-method activity on subduction zone volcanism, students apply lessons learned from four historic eruptions to the volcanic hazards associated with Mt. Rainier in the Pacific Northwest.

The Anatomy of a Rate Law part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment teaches geochemistry students to explain the mathematical forms of rate laws, and organize paragraphs in their writing assignments properly.

Plate Tectonics writing assignment suitable for Calibrated Peer Review part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Peer Review:Examples
This is an example of a writing assignment focussed on the use of data to support the theory of 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.

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.

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.

Analyzing beach sands with a SEM/EDS part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Undergraduate Research:Example
Students pose a question that can be answered using the SEM and sand they have previously collected from beach profiles.