Other mapping projects in Google Earth
Barbara Tewksbury (Hamilton College)
You'll find a great collection of potential sites for mapping projects in areas of folded and faults rocks here. Below, you can download two specific assignments that I have used in my structural geology class.
- A take-home exam (Microsoft Word 1.2MB Oct18 08): the 10 mapping areas referred to in the download are denoted with single asterisks in the image collection referred to above.
- A complex virtual mapping project (Microsoft Word 1.9MB Oct18 08): this project combines Google Earth views with SRTM DEMs and ASTER imagery in ArcMAP and provides an outstanding opportunity for a more extensive and complex virtual mapping project that also incorporates rock samples and thin sections (some with kinematic indicators). The area lies in the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco and is shown below. The assignment itself is a bit bare bones, because I put it together at the last minute for a student who couldn't go on a required field trip. It could be spiffed up with an interesting scenario or by requiring the student to make the map in ArcGIS rather than by hand. But it might stimulate some good ideas for your own labs!
Go to the collection of mapping areas