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Weathering and mass wasting part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This class exercise is an opportunity for students to apply textbook information about weathering and mass wasting to local and nationally-recognized surface features, such as Stone Mountain (GA), Half Dome (CA), ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Mass Movement, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Mass Wasting, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Hillslopes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Weathering/Soils

Landform Interpretation: Table Mountain part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Using topographic maps, geological maps,aerial photos,and Google Earth, groups of students develop hypotheses about a Miocene [9 Ma]river channel [Table Mountain] and post-flow processes that have resulted in the ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial

Geologic Structures Lab part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
In class activity involving a thought exercise about rock rheology, discussion and drawing of simple brittle and ductile structures, and then reading an article about how the depth of the brittle-ductile transition ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Rheology/Behavior of Materials, Geoscience:Geology

Identifying Minerals with Chemical and Crystallographic Data part of Cutting Edge:Mineralogy:Activities
In this exercise, crystal structure data for a variety of unknown minerals are downloaded and entered into XtalDraw or CrystalMaker visualization software program. Step-by-step tutorials are provided with ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Systematic Mineralogy:Oxides and Hydroxides, Sulfates, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Physical Properties, Crystal Chemistry, Systematic Mineralogy:Framework Silicates, Carbonates, Sheet Silicates, Chain Silicates, Island Silicates, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Crystallography, Systematic Mineralogy:Ring Silicates

Using GIS to Construct Water Table Maps and Flow Nets part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Seepage lake elevation data from the Sand Hills of Nebraska is used to construct a water table map and flow net using ESRI's ArcMap software. Students learn how to use GIS software to analyze patterns of ...

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

Effect of Fractures on Groundwater Flow Patterns part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
This exercise uses TopoDrive (Hsieh, 2001), a simple, easy-to-use model available from the USGS, to explore the effects of fracture heterogeneities on groundwater flow patterns.

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

Contour Basics: JAVA Mac/PC part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with Visualizations:Visualization Examples
A great on-line resource for introducing students to contour plots.

Subject: Geoscience: Geography:Physical, Geoscience:Geology, Oceanography, Atmospheric Science

Matlab Module to Delineate Zones of Contribution part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
This module includes two Matlab routines to delineate zones of contribution. Students can vary aquifer parameters and stresses and observe the effects on the zone of contribution.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water: Unsaturated zone/recharge

Using the EXCEL Woburn Flow and Transport Model to Teach Modeling Concepts part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Modeling ties together many subjects taught in an introductory hydrogeology course. The goals of this activity are for students to learn why scientists and engineers use models, what types of models are commonly ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Groundwater flow, Aquifer properties, Groundwater modeling, Water and society, policy, and management, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Point Source Pollution, Groundwater , Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water cycle/groundwater-surface water interface, Contaminant hydrology

The 2004 Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami part of Cutting Edge:Visualization:Examples
In this multi-part activity, students study seismograms from different seismic stations recording the Sumatra earthquake of December 26th, 2004 and then determine the epicenter of the quake and track the tsunami it ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Geoscience:Oceanography, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards:Tsunami, Geoscience:Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes



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