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How Many and What Location did M5.0 or Larger earthquakes Occur During a Four-Day Period?
Michael Hernandez, Weber State University
Every week, numerous potentially damaging earthquakes occur around the world. To demonstrate the frequency geography of these earthquakes, you will use U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY's Earthquake Tracker, an online ...

Geologic Characterization of Your Property
Beth Hallauer, Sinclair Community College; Michael Hernandez, Weber State University; Jennifer Sliko, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus; Kathleen Harper, The University of Montana-Missoula
Students will look up an address (either of their choosing or instructor-provided) and assess the geologic characteristics and vulnerability of that location. Students will utilize datasets about geologic ...

Happyville Water Table Contour Map
Jennifer Sliko, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
In this activity, students create and interpret a water table contour map. Students utilize groundwater well elevations and the depth to the water table at each well to determine the water table elevation at each ...

Volcano Lab - Google Earth
Tamara Misner, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Volcano shape is strongly controlled by eruptive style, which in turn is controlled by magma composition and tectonic setting. This lab utilizes Google Earth, which takes students on a virtual field trip, in order ...

Surface Feature Identification
Katherine Ocker Stone, Walters State Community College
Students are provided the latitude and longitude of various locations and asked to identify the river stage or surface water deposition/erosional feature.

Optics Lab
Eliza Richardson, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
In this activity, students will calculate the index of refraction of water by measuring the angles of incidence and refraction of light as it passes from air to water. They will follow directions to set up the ...

Create a screencast
Amy Hochberg, Utah State University
Students create a Power Point presentation on a topic of their choice. Then they make this presentation into a screencast using the free program, called Jing. The students do this by narrating their Power Point ...

Virtual Soil Classification
Karen Rose Cercone, Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
After watching a video, students classify soils using a ternary soil diagram and run online computer models to see how the proportion of sand, silt and clay affect drainage. Students then use the ternary soil ...

GigaPan Virtual Field Trip
Megan Sjoblom, Brigham Young University-Idaho
The GigaPan Virtual Field Trip is used as a pre and post assessment of student understanding of basic physical geology concepts and processes. Students are directed to a GigaPan image of Peyto Lake, Banff National ...

Oceanography Virtual Field Trips
Jennifer Nelson, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
Students explore online data, maps, webcams, and articles from specific US locations to understand and visualize the oceanographic phenomena of that location. Through the worksheet, students will learn to explore ...