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Geologic Puzzles: Morrison Formation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Images of faulted strata, tilted turbidites, and beach rocks bring the field into the classroom, giving students practice in doing what geoscientists do. These images are examples of geologic puzzles. -

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Folds/Faults/Ductile Shear Zones

Poleward Heat Transport Jigsaw part of Cutting Edge:Hurricanes-Climate Change Connection:Activities
Based on great plate tectonic exercise by Sawyer et al. (2005 JGE), this small-group exercise with maps of data about earth's energy balance helps students visualize poleward heat transport.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Global energy balance, Atmospheric and oceanic circulation, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Atmospheric circulation, Energy, heat and temperature, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Oceanography:Ocean-Climate Interactions, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Environmental Science:Energy, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Solar and terrestrial radiation, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Solar radiation

Mock Environmental Summit part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
At the end of a six-week class or unit on global warming, students role-play representatives from various countries and organizations at an international summit on global warming. -

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Public policy , Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Policy, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Public policy

What Should We Do About Global Warming? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
This module contains an 8-lesson curriculum to study greenhouse gases and global warming using data and visualizations. The students will summarize the issue in a mock debate or a presentation. -

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Greenhouse gas emissions, Public policy , Greenhouse effect, Anthropogenic causes, Paleoclimate records, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Public policy, Environmental Science:Policy:Global Policy, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Greenhouse gas emissions, Greenhouse effect, Anthropogenic causes, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Geoscience:Atmospheric Science

Runaway Greenhouse Effect Exercise part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
This site has a collection of role-playing exercises that provide the students with equations and data to use in collaborative problem-solving. -

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Atmospheric gases, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Atmospheric structure and composition, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science

When and How Did Continental Crust Form? part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Petrology:Teaching Examples
Many models have been proposed regarding the timing and mechanisms that first formed the continental crust. The purpose of this exercise is to help students explore the question of crustal genesis and evolution ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Geochemistry, Igneous Processes, Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Historical Geology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Rocks

Teaching the nitrogen cycle and human health interactions part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Geology and Human Health:Workshop 04:Activities
This activity uses objects, pictures, and text in a matching game to define the nitrogen cycle and the environmental and human health impacts of nitrogen. The game can be used to associate useful and detrimental ...

Subject: Geoscience: Biology:Ecology, Geoscience:Soils, Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water quality/chemistry , Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Non-Point Source Pollution, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Ecosystems:Ecology, Environmental Science:Soils and Agriculture, Waste:Toxic and Hazardous Wastes:Bio/Medical Wastes, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Organic and Biochemistry, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling

Deriving bedform phase diagrams part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Students derive bedform phase diagrams from Middleton and Southard (1984) by plotting the original data (stolen using DataThief software from the publication) in Excel and defining bedform field boundaries. These ...

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

Tracers in the hydrologic cycle: A jigsaw activity part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
Using a jigsaw approach, students investigate biogeochemical transformations (nitrate, silica, pH and conductivity) of water as it moves through the hydrologic cycle. The resulting conceptual framework facilitates ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity

Structural Control of Giant Rock Avalanches in Argentina part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Activities
Students analyze the influence of bedrock structures on the locations of giant rock avalanches in Argentina. Activity is available in two versions: 1) short case example that can be used as an in-class activity or ...

Subject: Geoscience: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Mass Wasting, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Microstructures, Deformation Mechanisms, Fabrics

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