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Weathering Experiment part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
This project has students dirty several dishes equally and design experiments to determine which analogs of geologic processes are most efficient for removing the baked-on food. Students calculate rates of ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Modeling/Physical Experiments, Weathering/Soils, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Weathering, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology

Who Polluted Surface and Groundwater in This Place? part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students use water-well data and geology to determine which site caused groundwater and surface-water contamination.

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

When Does Aquifer Heterogeneity Matter? Predicting the Influence of Alternative Conceptual Models on Contaminant Plume Migration part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Hydrogeology:Activities
In this classroom activity, students are given two alternative conceptualizations of aquifer/aquitard distributions in a glacial aquifer system and asked to predict differences in the migration of contaminant ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Contaminant hydrology, Groundwater modeling, Water and society, policy, and management, Aquifer properties, Groundwater flow

When Pond Scum Ruled the Earth - The Proterozoic Fossil Record part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
In this specimen-based activity, students examine microfossils and stromatolites and build an understanding of the Proterozoic paleontological record.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Paleontology:Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction

Wooster Case Study - Capture Curve Analysis part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Hydrogeology:Activities
This Excel based exercise has students calculate the shape of the capture zone of a contaminant recovery well. Students perform a sensitivity analysis by varying aquifer and pumping parameters to observe the impact ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Well hydraulics, Contaminant hydrology, Water supply/water resource evaluation, Aquifer properties

Watershed Analysis of Stream Morphology part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Geomorphology:Activities
This activty provides students with an opportunity to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze stream morphology of a watershed.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Fluvial

What is a paleontological species? part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
In this specimen-based activity, students study ischyromyid rodent molar cusp morphology and develop their understanding of the morphological species concept as applied in paleontology.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Paleontology:Taxon-Specific Items , Systematics and Phylogenetic Reconstruction

Sand Analysis Lab Activity part of Cutting Edge:Environmental Geology:Activities
An in-class introductory level activity for science and non-science majors that explores the properties of sand in order to identify depositional environments.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology, Environmental Geology, Sedimentary Geology:Sediment Transport and Deposition, Environmental Science

Using the pH Scale and Carbonic Acid Formation to Understand the Effect of Ocean Acidification on Organisms with Calcium Carbonate Shells. part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching about Risk and Resilience:Activities
In this lab activity students use the pH scale and the reaction of carbon dioxide with water to understand ocean acidification and make predictions regarding the effect of ocean acidification on marine organisms by experimentally determining the effect of pH of calcite dissolution.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience, Oceanography, Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Environmental Science:Oceans and Coastal Resources, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science, Ecosystems, Global Change and Climate, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Resources

Draw the outcrop part of Cutting Edge:Student Learning: Observing and Assessing:Activities
Six to eight rock unit descriptions are provided in random order. Students must synthesize the rock descriptions, processes involved and relative time principles to draw a cross section for the outcrop.

Subject: Geoscience: Education:Assessment, Education, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

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