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How Many Is A Million? part of Rates and Time:Visualizations with Teaching Notes
Roger Steinberg, Department of Natural Sciences, Del Mar College Description To help students visualize the immensity of geologic time, or even the immensity of just one million years, I have created a very large ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology

Weathering Experiment part of Introductory Courses:Activities
This project has students dirty several dishes equally and design experiments to determine which analogs of geologic processes are most efficient for removing the baked-on food. Students calculate rates of ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology, Geomorphology:Weathering/Soils, Modeling/Physical Experiments, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Weathering

Whose Fault Is It Anyway? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
This game has students simulate the propagation of P and S waves after an earthquake and to use the lag between these to determine where in the simulation the earthquake occurred.

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Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology

Thermohaline Circulation Demonstration part of Oceanography:Activities
This activity helps the students to visualize the effects of temperature and salinity on water density, and the resulting thermohaline circulation. Important processes visualized in this demonstration are ...

Magma Viscosity Demos part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
This is an interactive lecture where students answer questions about demonstrations shown in several movie files. They learn to connect what they have learned about molecules, phases of matter, silicate crystal structures, and igneous rock classification with magma viscosity, and to connect magma viscosity with volcano explosiveness and morphology.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Volcanology, Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Igneous Processes, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism, Geoscience

Using Melting Ice to Teach Radiometric Dating part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Students are challenged to a Sherlock Holmes-style mystery in which they construct their own decay curves of melting ice to determine time-zero.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology, Geochemistry:Radioisotopes

Slinky and Waves part of Examples
Use a Slinky to show:P and S waves, Wave reflection, and Standing waves in interactive lecture demonstration.

Subject: Physics:Oscillations & Waves:Wave Motion, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Rheology/Behavior of Materials, Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical

Phases of the Moon part of Examples
This exercise has students use a simple physical model of the Earth, sun, and moon to understand why the moon changes phases from the perspective of Earthly observers.

Subject: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science

Fog Chamber part of Examples
Show how clouds and fog are created with a very simple physical model. Materials needed are: A large 1 gallon jar, latex glove, a little water, and matches.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Clouds and precipitation

Copper Extraction Demonstration Tutorial part of Examples
Summary This demonstration uses sulfuric acid and crushed copper ore (malachite) to produce a solution of copper sulfate and carbonic acid in a beaker. When a freshly sanded nail is dropped into the copper sulfate ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Systematic Mineralogy:Oxides and Hydroxides, Native Elements, Environmental Science:Waste:Toxic and Hazardous Wastes:Metals, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Aqueous Solutions, Environmental Science:Mineral Resources:Mining

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