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Mars Hydrologic Environments part of Cutting Edge:Discoveries from Mars:Activities
This activity examines the nature of streams and basins at three locations on Mars. Originally meant for users with access to ArcGIS, the exercise can also be used in introductory geology courses using images ...

Subject: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Water/Ice, Images/Maps/Visualizations, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Structural Visualizations, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Geologic History

Construction of Water Table Maps Using GIS part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Bob Newton, Smith College Summary Students create a water table map and flow net using water level data from seepage lakes in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. They then are able to make hypotheses regarding the ...

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Groundwater flow, Groundwater modeling, Water quality/chemistry

1996 Grand Canyon Flood Analysis part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Mark Manone, Northern Arizona University Summary Analyze the effect of a 1996 controlled flood on a sandbar in Grand Canyon. This exercise uses Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst Context Type and level of course ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Geoscience:Hydrology

Geomorphology: Were Earth-like river processes ever present on Mars? part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Laurel Goodell, Summary Students compare rivers on Earth to channel-like features on Mars, and consider whether Earth-like river processes were ever present on Mars. Context Type and level of course Entry level ...

Image Classification part of 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.

Subject: Geography:Human/Cultural, Geospatial, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology, Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning, Geoscience:Hydrology, Geography:Physical, Biology:Ecology

Stream Gages and GIS part of 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.

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes

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

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology, Geology, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling

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

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography, Geography:Geospatial, Biology:Ecology:Principles, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Ecology

Looking into Earth with GIS (College Level) part of 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.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity, Geophysics and Structural Geology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geophysics, Geography:Geospatial

Pollution control and hydrologic Modeling part of Cutting Edge:Courses:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Eugenio Y. Arima, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Summary This assignment will introduce students to surface hydrologic modeling in GIS and derived products such as stream power and wetness indices. Context Type ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Point Source Pollution, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Contaminant hydrology