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Taking the Pulse of Yellowstone's "Breathing" Volcano part of Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
In this activity, students learn about volcanism in Yellowstone National Park, focusing on its history of eruption, recent seismicity, hydrothermal events, and ground deformation. They learn how scientists monitor ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Geophysics:Geodesy, Seismology
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level, College Lower (13-14)

Where is that chunk of crust going? part of Introductory Courses:Activities
I introduce students to GPS, frames of reference, and the permanent GPS stations in the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) in class, and obtain near-real-time data for two stations from UNAVCO. We use ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level, College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional

Density structure of the earth from mass and moment of inertia part of Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Using mass and moment of inertia as constraints, students construct density models of the whole earth. This activity uses concepts from physics, multi-dimensional calculus, and linear algebra, and also reinforces ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Gravity, Geodesy, Seismology
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional

Equation Dictionary part of Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
The equation dictionary is an expansion of the traditional notecard that students bring to equation-based tests. It requires them to provide a prose explanation for the processes described by an equation as well as ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Exploration Methods:Refraction, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodynamics, Gravity, Seismology, Exploration Methods:Reflection, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Magnetism/Paleomag
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)

VEPP: GPS data, vectors and volcano monitoring: an exercise for introductory geology students based on VEPP data part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Volcano Exploration Project: Pu`u `O`o:Examples
Brief three-line description of the activity or assignment and its strengths (you will have an opportunity to expand on this description later in the form): This exercise is designed to investigate continuous GPS ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques, Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Volcanoes
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)

The science behind Plate Tectonics part of Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Plate tectonics is a quantitative, robust and testable, geologic model describing the surface motions of Earth's outer skin. It is based on real data and assumptions, and built using the scientific method. New ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Tectonics
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level, College Lower (13-14)

HMK 1_Plate Boundaries: Present, future, & past part of Activities
This project builds on in-class exercises and lectures by having students learn to identify modern, future, and past plate boundaries. Students will use trends in topography, distribution of earth quake and ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

Reading Time Series Plots part of Online Teaching:Activities for Teaching Online
This activity provides a brief introduction to GPS and provides a student activity to practice creating and reading time series plots with simplified GPS data and with authentic GPS data from Iceland.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geophysics:Geodesy
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

Estimating GPS Positional Error part of Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Very simply and directly determine the x, y, z accuracy of the various GPS receivers using a simple method that doesn't use a lot of quantitative statistics and yields a gut-level sense of the accuracy of ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), Introductory Level

Estimating Valley Fill Thickness with a Gravity Survey part of Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
We will make a gravity traverse of the Goldstream valley to determine the thickness of the valley fill. The exercise will take ~ 4hrs, working in two teams all students will get to function in each of the survey ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Gravity, Geodesy, Exploration Methods
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)

Interseismic deformation: Crustal deformation between large earthquakes part of Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
This assignment is based on real geodetic data measured in central California across the San Andreas Fault. It will get the students acquainted with geodetic observations, basic data analysis methods, and ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Tectonophysics, Geodesy
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)

In-situ Density from Gravity by Nettleton part of Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
This activity develops students' understanding of gravity data corrections and density estimates by using a gravimeter to collect data and then interpret this data to find an estimate for the local bulk ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Gravity, Geodesy
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional

Glacial Isostatic Adjustment part of Activities
The activity begins with a hands-on lab students design to consider the relationship between increasing masses loaded on a viscous medium. Students then investigate the Antarctic ice sheet and Pleistocene glacial ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level, College Lower (13-14)

Measuring earthquake and volcano activity from space part of Activities
This tutorial is based on real InSAR observations acquired over the Andes from 1992 to 2005. It will get the student acquainted with InSAR observations and basic concepts of space geodesy.

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)

Unit 3: Monitoring groundwater storage with GPS vertical position part of Measuring Water Resources
This unit shows how GPS records of surface elevation can be used to monitor groundwater changes. Students calculate secular trends in the GPS time series and then use the original and detrended records to identify ...

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Groundwater flow, Unsaturated zone/recharge, Water cycle/groundwater-surface water interface, Geology of groundwater occurrence, Water supply/water resource evaluation, Well hydraulics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Subsidence, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Groundwater , Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water and society, policy, and management, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Drought, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Geomorphology as applied to other disciplines, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)

Unit 4: Water budget assessment of a California drought part of Measuring Water Resources
The California Drought of 2012–2016 had significant social and economic consequences. This final unit focuses on this drought as a case study for measuring the hydrologic system so that we can better understand ...

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water, Snowpack and Snow Melt, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geophysics:Geophysics in other disciplines, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Surface Water , Environmental Science:Sustainability, Water Quality and Quantity:Water Conservation, Groundwater , Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Drought, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geography:Geospatial
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)

Unit 1-SfM: Introduction to SfM part of Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM
This unit introduces students to Structure from Motion (SfM). SfM is a photogrammetric technique that uses overlapping images to construct a 3D model of the scene and has widespread research applications in ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology, Physics:Other Sciences:Geoscience, Geography:Physical, Geospatial
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)

Unit 3: Geodetic survey of a fault scarp part of Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM
In this unit, students will design a survey (TLS and/or SfM) of a fault scarp. After conducting the survey in the field, students will analyze the data to identify the number and magnitude of possible fault ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Folds/Faults/Ductile Shear Zones, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Geophysics and Structural Geology, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Hillslopes, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:Geomorphology as applied to other disciplines, Tectonic Geomorphology, Geography:Physical, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)

Unit 5: Summative assessment project part of Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM
Unit 5 is the summative assessment for the module. This final exercise takes eight to ten hours. The exercise evaluates students' developed skills in survey design, execution of a geodetic survey, and simple ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Stratigraphy, Depositional environments:Continental, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Facies and Facies Models, Sedimentary Structures, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Folds/Faults/Ductile Shear Zones, Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology, Geophysics:Geodesy, Geophysics in other disciplines, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques, Landforms/Processes, Geoscience:Paleontology:Preservation and Taphonomy, Field Techniques , Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Tectonics, Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Tectonic Geomorphology, Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Geomorphology as applied to other disciplines, Geography:Physical
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)

Unit 2: Identifying faulting styles, rates and histories through analysis of geomorphic characteristics (LiDAR) part of Imaging Active Tectonics
Can active faults be identified remotely, based upon their appearance in the landscape? How can the geomorphic features associated with active faults be used to classify and quantify fault movement? In this unit, ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology, Geodynamics, Geodesy, Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Folds/Faults/Ductile Shear Zones, Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Geophysics and Structural Geology, Geography:Physical, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)

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