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Volcano Monitoring with GPS: Westdahl Volcano Alaska
Maite Agopian, EarthScope; Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO
Learners use graphs of GPS position data to determine how the shape of Westdahl Volcano, Alaska is changing. If the flanks of a volcano swell or recede, it is a potential indication of magma movement and changing ...

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Unit 2.1: Geodetic survey of an outcrop for road cut design
Yonathan Admassu (James Madison University) John Paul Ligush (James Madison University) Matthew Gribbin (James Madison University)
This unit offers an alternative application for high-resolution topographic data from an outcrop. Using engineering geology methods and data collection from TLS and/or SfM, students design safe "road ...

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Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM
Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM Bruce Douglas (Indiana University-Bloomington) Kate Shervais (UNAVCO) Chris Crosby (UNAVCO) With contributions from J. Ramon Arrowsmith, Marin Clark, Nathan Niemi, David Phillips, Nicholas Pinter Editor: Beth Pratt-Sitaula (UNAVCO)
Part of GETSI Field Collection: Geodetic imaging technologies have emerged as critical tools for a range of earth science research applications from hazard assessment to change detection to stratigraphic sequence ...

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Slicing Cylinders
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
Students identify and draw slices through cylinders and partial cylinders, and use gestures to visualize slicing planes. This practice with visualizing slices through idealized geometric shapes is preparation for visualizing slices through geological features.

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Slicing Fruit
Tom Hickson, University of St. Thomas (MN)
Students identify and draw slices through fruit, as practice for drawing slices through more complex features.

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Understanding Polyhedral Diagrams
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
Students identify individual polyhedra in a variety of diagrams and answer questions about shared oxygens in diagrams of common silicate structures.

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Visualizing Data from a Journal Article: A Critical Thinking Exercise
Jeannette Wolak, Tennessee Technological University
This is a take-home exercise for junior or senior-level students in a Sedimentation/Stratigraphy course. It may be used to bridge topics of geomorphology, depositional environments and clastic sedimentology. The ...

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Slices Through 3D Objects
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
Students identify and draw slices through an ice cream cone, a pyramid, and a beverage six-pack.

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Primary Structures and Rotation
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
Students gesture the orientations of cross-bedded sandstones, and in particular the relationship between a single cross bed and the bed sets. They do this for photos of undeformed and deformed cross-bedding.

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Recognizing and mapping faults using lidar and field data
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
In this activity, students create a geologic map and cross-section of the Fish Springs cinder cone and surrounding area in the Owens Valley, CA, using a high-resolution DEM developed from airborne lidar data as a ...

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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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Alaska GPS Analysis
Robert Butler (University of Portland) and ANGLE Project
This activity introduces students to high precision GPS as it is used in geoscience research. Students build "gumdrop" GPS units and study data from three Alaska GPS stations from the Plate Boundary Observatory network. They learn how Alaska's south central region is "locked and loading" as the Pacific Plate pushes into North America and builds up energy that will be released in the future in other earthquakes such as the 1964 Alaska earthquake.

Effects of Pressure and Temperature on Igneous Rocks CogSketch geoscience worksheet
Bridget Garnier
Sketching activity that uses a sketch-understanding program, CogSketch. Using pressure/temperature charts with a solidus line, students draw arrows to show how the pressure and temperature and state of a rock would ...

Identifying Geologic Structures in Outcrops CogSketch geoscience worksheet
Bridget Garnier
Sketching activity that uses a sketch-understanding program, CogSketch. Students identify and annotate/sketch stratigraphic (e.g. bedding) and structural features (e.g. joints, faults, folds) on top of outcrop ...

Earth's Interior CogSketch geoscience worksheet
Bridget Garnier, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sketching activity that uses a sketch-understanding program, CogSketch. Students sketch the layers of the Earth in a progressive fashion, starting with the somewhat familiar top 40km of the crust and working ...

Classifying Igneous Rocks CogSketch geoscience worksheet
Bridget Garnier
Sketching activity that uses a sketch-understanding program, CogSketch. Students use an igneous rock composition chart to identify rocks with given mineral percentages. Instead of mentally determining where a rock ...

Metamorphic Facies CogSketch geoscience worksheet
Bridget Garnier
Sketching activity that uses a sketch-understanding program, CogSketch. Students plot pressure and temperature points from metamorphic environments (i.e. subduction zone and continental convergence) onto the ...

Earth's Magnetic Field CogSketch geoscience worksheet
Bridget Garnier, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sketching activity that uses a sketch-understanding program, CogSketch. To draw attention to the changes in magnetic inclination with latitude on Earth, students move, rotate, and match packages of "rock" ...

Making Topographic Maps
Caitlin Callahan, Grand Valley State University
In this activity, students learn how to contour topographic data from three-dimensional models that they create for themselves. Students examine how topographic contour lines differ based on different topographic features.

Visualizing outcrop patterns from strike/dip data using MATLAB
Charly Bank, University of Toronto
To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Click to watch Charly Bank discuss his activity or watch the full webinar.This lab activity allows ...



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