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A Cross-Section and Geologic History from Field Data Collected by Second Year Students in the St Francois Mountains of Missouri
Michael Stewart, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This field activity takes place during a 3-day field trip to St Francois Mountains, Missouri. Students use their field data to construct a cross-section through a portion of the field area.

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How to be a field geologist: an in-class exercise to introduce students to basic outcrop analysis
Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College
This in-class exercise is designed to give students practice analyzing outcrops before they go on a field trip. First, students watch a short video tutorial on analyzing an outcrop. Then, they are given a color ...

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Field Trip to Enfield Glen, NY Finger Lakes Region
Alexandra Moore, Cornell University-Endowed Colleges
This is a 2.5 hour field trip in which students search through strata of the Upper Devonian Catskill Delta for paleocurrent indicators that allow them to infer paleogeographic differences between Devonian and ...

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Aerial photo interpretation and mapping - Bayou Meda anticline, Arkansas
Jamey Jones, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Multi-day project using aerial photography and field observation to map and interpret a megascopic anticline/syncline pair exposed in the Ouachita Mountains of central Arkansas. This exercise involves two classroom ...

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Red Canyon Terrace Project
Dennis Dahms, University of Northern Iowa
This project is designed to give students: (1) experience in mapping the details of surficial geologic deposits (Qal), (2) an understanding the geomorphic relations among surficial deposits and ...

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Bedrock Geology Mapping Exercise
Jim Miller, University of Minnesota-Duluth
As a final exercise in a course on Geological Maps, students conduct a field mapping of a one square mile area over a weekend. Back in the classroom, students are introduced to ArcMAP and Illustrator, with which ...

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Field Exercise in Stratigraphy/Paleoecology
David Sunderlin, Lafayette College
This field activity for GEOL 320 "Paleobiology" is designed to turn what could have been a "look-and-see" fossil collecting trip into one where genuinely interesting hypotheses/questions are ...

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Mapping commingled magmas, Eastern Head of Isle Au Haut, Maine
Dykstra Eusden, Bates College
This is a week-long bedrock mapping project on Isle Au Haut, in Penobscot Bay, Maine, with three to four field days followed by 1-2 lab days. The bedrock is Silurian gabbro and granite that commingled in a magma ...

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Fauna of Waulsortian Mounds
Damon Bassett, Missouri State University
This is a field trip to local exposures of potential waulsortian carbonate mud mounds. The students will prepare by reading 1-2 publications on the subject and then we will travel to see and collect samples from ...

A field trip to explore rock formation and tectonics of southern California
Andy Barth, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
In this contribution, we provide an example of a one-day trip to examine Proterozoic metamorphic and Mesozoic intrusive igneous rocks that are easily accessible along and near roads in southern California. The ...

Exploring the building stones of downtown Seattle
Lyn Gualtieri, Seattle University
Students explore the building stones of downtown Seattle in order to obtain practice in rock identification.

The Amazing Race Geocache
MICHELLE KINZEL, Southwestern College
This hands on activity sends participants along a pre-determined course, using handheld GPS units, clues, and math skills to search out visual locations. Students compete in teams using basic functions of a Garmin ...

Outcrop Mapping at Woodall Shoals, South Carolina-Georgia
Jonathan Mies, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, The
Students work in groups of 3 or 4 to map relatively small parts of the outcrop at Woodall Shoals, which serves as a model of a complexly deformed high-grade metamorphic terrain. With the benefits of 100% exposure ...

Snow Pit Stratigraphy
Stephan Custer, Montana State University-Bozeman
This is the first exercise in a course titled Snow Dynamics and Accumulation. It asks student groups to describe snow pits and the variability in those snow pits in space. It can be used to understand the temporal ...

In-Field Assessment Protocols
Joshua Caulkins, University of Rhode Island
An "in-field assessment protocol" has been developed with two aims in mind: (1) to provide timely, substantive feedback to novice mapping students at our 2nd and 3rd year field schools and (2) to quickly ...

Structural and bedrock mapping along the York Rd, Lewis and Clark County, Montana
Miriam Barquero-Molina, University of Missouri-Columbia
This is a road mapping exercise with which students can get acquainted with the concept of detailed "structural mapping," combined with bedrock lithological mapping, and interpretation of structural data

Field Trip Portfolio
Cheryl Emerson Resnick, Illinois Central College
Portfolio includes topographic maps, written descriptions, photographs, and field sketches of three field areas in central Illinois. Student explanations must include their understanding of the geologic history and ...

Integrated Field Project in Structural Geology and Sedimentology/Stratigraphy
Lawrence L. Malinconico, Lafayette College
By combining the curricular and learning objectives across traditionally separate undergraduate courses in Sedimentology/Stratigraphy and Structural Geology, Lafayette College has developed an innovative year-long ...

Daily Field Journal
Kyle Fredrick, California University of Pennsylvania
This student journal exercise is designed to get students to consider the daily highlights (and lowlights) they experienced in the field. They are expected to synthesize their field experience with other materials ...

Coyote Creek Geologic Map
Tim Walsh, Waycross College
Students are required to make field observations, collect data and then create a detailed geologic map and report for a small area (approximately 1 sq. mile) on the edge of the Tularosa Basin in south central New ...

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