Assessment of active tectonic behavior in a continental region using Google Earth
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Description of the activity/assignment
The project is assessed via a written report and class presentation, which must refer to the Google Earth dataset. Students are instructed to choose an area located somewhere other than California, to broaden their horizons/address an otherwise California-centric world view.
Keywords: Google Earth, geomorphology, active tectonics
Determining whether students have met the goals
Background information: Does the student demonstrate an understanding of the regional tectonics of the area chosen? Are the information sources correctly and fully cited? Where there are controversies in the literature, do the references cited span the range of published studies, or is only a single viewpoint represented?
Analysis: Does the student distinguish observations and interpretations? Are the features chosen and annotated within Google Earth convincing? Do they represent what they are claimed to represent/does the student make a good case? Does the student demonstrate understanding of tectonic processes? Does the student use terminology correctly?
Synthesis: Is the regional tectonic style successfully linked to the features seen in the chosen area? Are other supporting information sources (e.g. online fault maps, earthquake locations, other imagery datasets) used to strengthen the interpretations?
Report considerations: Is the report structured logically? Are the figures successful in illustrating the features the student considers most important? Does the report refer to the annotation dataset in a manner that effectively communicates the students thought process?
Presentation considerations: As for the report, with these additional questions: Does the student speak clearly, without reading from a pre-prepared script? Is he/she able to answer follow-up questions on the material?
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment: Assignment description/handout for Google Earth project (Microsoft Word 29kB Jun11 09)
- Instructors Notes: Instructors' notes for Google Earth assignment (Microsoft Word 29kB Jun11 09)
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