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Alpine and Continental Glaciation

Zachary A. Musselman
Millsaps College
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This page first made public: Apr 30, 2008


This is designed as a lab activity and should take approximately two hour to complete. Students examine alpine and continental glaciatation on topos.

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upper level undergraduate course in geomorphology

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Map reading
Profile construction
Landform interpretation and analysis

How the activity is situated in the course

a stand-alone lab activity


Content/concepts goals for this activity

identifying glacial landforms on topographic maps

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

formulation of hypotheses by interpretating direction of movement of ice sheets

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Description of the activity/assignment

This activity follows a discussion in lecture about how to recognize various types of glacial landforms created through both erosional and depositional processes. It gives students practive in reading maps, interpreting landforms and synthesizing various types of landscapes.
Designed for a geomorphology course
Has minimal/no quantitative component

Determining whether students have met the goals

I look for proper landform identification on their maps and thoughtful answers to the lab questions.

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