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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 ...

Writing Assignment for Marine Biology
Anthony Santorelli, Anne Arundel Community College
Students write about the important aspects of a species of sea life, including physical characteristics, habitat, behaviors and interaction with humans and also provide a video that addresses that sea life along ...

Determining Plate Rates From Hot Spot Tracks Using Google Earth
Susan Schwartz, University of California-Santa Cruz
This activity uses Google Earth to explore the distribution of plate boundaries and hotspot volcanoes on Earth. It uses the ages and locations of the hotspot volcanoes to determine the direction and rate of plate ...

Scientific method and historical precipitation
Ozeas Costa Jr., Ohio State University-Main Campus
In this activity, you will use the scientific method and secondary data to build a dataset and answer the following question: Is Ohio getting wetter or drier? In order to answer this question, you will follow these ...

Landslide Hazard Site Assessments
Beth Hallauer, Sinclair Community College
In this project students will first research the landslide-prone Seattle area using provided websites to gather background and perspective for the second part of the assignment. In the second part of the assignment ...

Earthquake Hazards Around You
Kelli Wakefield, Mesa Community College
Students chose a room where they spend a significant amount of time. Next, they assess the room for earthquake hazards, create a map depicting where these hazards are located, and finally, describe what would ...

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 ...