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Image Description & Interpretation

This material was originally created for On the Cutting Edge: Professional Development for Geoscience Faculty
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
Course: Earth History
18 students
The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills.

The Activity

I show some images of geologic features/puzzles and have students describe, interpret, and then discuss what other information they would need to be able to make a better interpretation of the images or evaluate their competing hypotheses.