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In-classroom Pumping Test part of Hydrogeology:Activities
Students conduct a pumping test in a sand-filled basin or tank in the classroom with either a siphon drain or small fountain pump. Drawdown is measured in small piezometers and students analyze the data to ...

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water: Field methods in hydrogeology, Aquifer properties, Well hydraulics

Measure a Changing Volcano part of EarthScope ANGLE:Educational Materials:Resources
This hands-on demonstration illustrates how GPS can be used to measure the inflation and deflation of a volcano. Volcanoes may inflate when magma rises closer to the surface and deflate when the pressure dissipates or after an eruption.

Subject: Geoscience, Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Mass Wasting, Volcanism, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards

How Many Is A Million? part of Rates and Time:Visualizations with Teaching Notes
Roger Steinberg, Department of Natural Sciences, Del Mar College 5000 Dots by Computer (Click image to enlarge and download.)

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology
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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 ...

Sonar Demonstration -- Human Sound Wave part of Oceanography:Activities
Sonar technology allowed scientists to produce high-resolution maps of the sea floor for the first time. This sonar demonstration uses a Human Sound Wave to image the "sea floor" in a lecture hall. In ...

Subject: Physics, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Geology and Geophysics, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics

Using Lab Measurements to Determine the Feasibility of a Photovoltaic Panel part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Using Lab Measurements to determine the power output of a solar module and the economic feasibility of photovoltaic panels

Subject: Environmental Science:Energy:Energy Principles , Environmental Science:Sustainability, Energy:Renewable & Alternative Energy, Engineering

Half Life Model part of Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend the nature of half life. Students use the model to simulate the decay of radionuclides. The ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Geochemistry:Radioisotopes
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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 ...

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

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.

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