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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

Tracers in the hydrologic cycle: A jigsaw activity part of Cutting Edge: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:Water Quality and Quantity, Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling

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

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

Discovering Plate Boundaries part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students work collaboratively using data maps to discover plate tectonic boundary processes. Data sets used are earthquakes, volcanos, seafloor age, and topography. The authors below have submitted variations of ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics

Structural Control of Giant Rock Avalanches in Argentina part of Cutting Edge: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: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Microstructures, Deformation Mechanisms, Fabrics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Mass Wasting

Deriving bedform phase diagrams part of Cutting Edge: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

Teaching the nitrogen cycle and human health interactions part of Cutting Edge: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:Biogeochemical cycling, Environmental Science:Soils and Agriculture, Waste:Toxic and Hazardous Wastes:Bio/Medical Wastes, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Organic and Biochemistry, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Ecology

Evaluating the Effects of Local Energy Resource Development part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Energy:Energy Activities
This is a semester-long, jigsaw project for a class of 20 to 25 students that has students work in teams to explore the effects of energy resource development on local water resources, economics and society.

Subject: Geoscience: Environmental Science:Energy:Fossil Fuels, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Management and Policy, Water Quality/Chemistry , Environmental Science:Energy:Energy Policy , Environmental Science:Energy, Policy:Energy Policy, Environmental Decision-Making, Local Policy, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water and society, policy, and management, Environmental Science:Energy:Renewable & Alternative Energy

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