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Evolution of Normal Fault Systems During Progressive Deformation part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Activities
This activity is based on QuickTime movies and color digital photographs derived from sandbox experiments that produce normal faults in a variety of boundary conditions following experiments developed by Ken ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Modeling Structural Processes

Google Earth Tours of Glacier Change part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Climate Change:Activities
A detailed Google Earth tour of glacier change over the last 50 years is given in class as an introduction. Students are then asked to select from a group of glaciers and create their own Google Earth tour ...

Subject: Geoscience: Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Glacial/Periglacial, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change

Relative Geologic Time and the Geologic Time Scale part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Group simulation of the development of the geologic time scale illustrating concepts of correlation and relative time. Extremely effective for teaching the significance of the geologic time scale.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Paleontology:Biostratigraphy/Biogeography , Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology

Review for interdisiplinary science course (stream ecology, watersheds) part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This is a large-scale participatory activity used to prompt students to review what they have learned and to think actively and cooperatively about the connections between the systems we have discussed prior to the ...

Subject: Geoscience: Biology:Ecology:Habitats, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water, Ground Water, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Environmental Science:Ecosystems, Water Quality and Quantity

Using Visual MODFLOW to Simulate Groundwater Flow and Transport part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Hydrogeology:Activities
Investigate the Dupuit Approximation to describe groundwater flow in an unconfined aquifer, using a computer spreadsheet program and Visual MODFLOW (Waterloo Hydrogeologic, Inc.). The major strength of this ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Groundwater flow, Groundwater modeling

In Search of GLOBE Data part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Visualization:Examples
Students use on-line GLOBE search tools to locate and display data from schools and use the data to answer questions regarding weather and climate. Answer key provided.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Seasonal patterns, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Regional climates, Geography:Physical, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Measurements

Recognizing and mapping faults using lidar and field data part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
In this activity, students create a geologic map and cross-section of the Fish Springs cinder cone and surrounding area in the Owens Valley, CA, using a high-resolution DEM developed from airborne lidar data as a ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Structural Geology:Folds/Faults/Ductile Shear Zones, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology

River Flooding and Erosion part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Urban Geology:Activities
Students take a real-life situation (river flooding and erosion), use real flood and map data, and make predictions and recommendations as to what to do to help alleviate the problem.

Subject: Geoscience: Mathematics:Statistics:Probability, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Depositional environments:Continental, Mathematics:Statistics

Relative Dating on Earth and Mars part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students apply principles of relative dating to a cross-section, then to the surface of Mars.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Geologic History

Relative Age-dating -- Discovery of Important Stratigraphic Principles part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students don't have to be passively taught the important principles geologists use to do relative age-dating of rocks and geologic events. By careful analysis and critical thinking about photos and ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology

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