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Names in the Field: A Simple GPS Field Exercise part of Examples
Simple field exercise to introduce the concepts of GPS position data acquisition. Students "write" words in a field and upload the data to map it in GIS or spreadsheet software. -

Earth System Topics: Geography, Solid Earth

Stream Gages and GIS part of Examples
Utilize the online GIS of the USGS real-time stream gage network to introduce basic concepts of data-driven maps and GIS. This exercise can be used independently or with other hydrology exercises. -

Earth System Topics: Hydrology:Surface Water, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Hydrology, Surface Processes:Rivers and Lakes

Image Classification part of Examples
An exercise to use a simple image analysis program to classify land surface types seen in satellite imagery in order to analyze changes in landscape development over time. -

Earth System Topics: Surface Processes, Geography, Biosphere, Hydrology, Human Dimensions:Land Use, Biosphere:Ecology

World Population part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with Visualizations:Visualization Examples
Access and visualize world population data using the user friendly MyWorld GIS software. Data includes total population, population density, projected population, male and female population, and age specific population, etc.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Population, Geography

Mapping Plate Boundaries part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Students can discover plate boundaries by plotting different sets of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on maps. These are then stacked on the overhead projector, outlining the tectonic plates. -

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Geography, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes

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