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Quantifying Groundwater Baseflow and Improving Math Skills through a Stream-Discharge Exercise part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Hydrogeology:Activities
A two-part exercise is presented where students quantify stream discharge and use the data to determine groundwater baseflow. They first use tedious hand calculations to compute discharge; then develop their own ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water: Field methods in hydrogeology, Water cycle/groundwater-surface water interface, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water

Using Field Lab Write-ups to Develop Observational and Critical Thinking Skills part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Activities
This adaptation of field labs incorporates writing in the form of "Description" and "Interpretation" sections of a geologic report. It can be used in many types of field labs to improve critical ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology

Using Field Observations and Field Experiences to Teach GeoscienceAn Illustrated Community Discussion part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Geoscience in the Field:Field Experiences:Posters
Students use compasses and a map of campus to navigate and find orienteering markers. This lab helps to reinforce map navigation skills. Students enjoyed the activity.

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Subject: Geoscience

Using Field Observations and Field Experiences to Teach GeoscienceAn Illustrated Community Discussion part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Geoscience in the Field:Field Experiences:Posters
The introductory level course teaches geology majors basic skills in the context of a field-based problem, the integrating theme for the semester, so that they can more rapidly achieve an advanced skill level in ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology, Sedimentary Geology, Geoscience:Geology

Use of an inquiry approach for exploring relationships between small stream dynamics, channel geometry, and bedform movement part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
This group activity allows students to identify questions in the field on an actual physical system (in this case a small sand and gravel bed stream), then design experiments to answer their own questions. The ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Sediment Transport and Deposition

A Cross-Section and Geologic History from Field Data Collected by Second Year Students in the St Francois Mountains of Missouri part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This field activity takes place during a 3-day field trip to St Francois Mountains, Missouri. Students use their field data to construct a cross-section through a portion of the field area.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Stratigraphy, Geoscience:Geology

How to be a field geologist: an in-class exercise to introduce students to basic outcrop analysis part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This in-class exercise is designed to give students practice analyzing outcrops before they go on a field trip. First, students watch a short video tutorial on analyzing an outcrop. Then, they are given a color ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology

Field Trip to Enfield Glen, NY Finger Lakes Region part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This is a 2.5 hour field trip in which students search through strata of the Upper Devonian Catskill Delta for paleocurrent indicators that allow them to infer paleogeographic differences between Devonian and ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology, Geology:Historical Geology, Sedimentary Geology

Red Canyon Terrace Project part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This project is designed to give students: (1) experience in mapping the details of surficial geologic deposits (Qal), (2) an understanding the geomorphic relations among surficial deposits and ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology

Field Exercise in Stratigraphy/Paleoecology part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This field activity for GEOL 320 "Paleobiology" is designed to turn what could have been a "look-and-see" fossil collecting trip into one where genuinely interesting hypotheses/questions are ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Paleontology:Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction , Biology, Geoscience:Paleontology:Paleoecology , Field Techniques

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