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Mapping commingled magmas, Eastern Head of Isle Au Haut, Maine part of Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This is a week-long bedrock mapping project on Isle Au Haut, in Penobscot Bay, Maine, with three to four field days followed by 1-2 lab days. The bedrock is Silurian gabbro and granite that commingled in a magma ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology, Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology

How to be a field geologist: an in-class exercise to introduce students to basic outcrop analysis part of Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This in-class exercise is designed to give students practice analyzing outcrops before they go on a field trip. First, students watch a short video tutorial on analyzing an outcrop. Then, they are given a color ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology

Bedrock Geology Mapping Exercise part of Geoscience in the Field:Activities
As a final exercise in a course on Geological Maps, students conduct a field mapping of a one square mile area over a weekend. Back in the classroom, students are introduced to ArcMAP and Illustrator, with which ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology

Aerial photo interpretation and mapping - Bayou Meda anticline, Arkansas part of Geoscience in the Field:Activities
Multi-day project using aerial photography and field observation to map and interpret a megascopic anticline/syncline pair exposed in the Ouachita Mountains of central Arkansas. This exercise involves two classroom ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology, Geoscience:Geology

Red Canyon Terrace Project part of Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This project is designed to give students: (1) experience in mapping the details of surficial geologic deposits (Qal), (2) an understanding the geomorphic relations among surficial deposits and ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology

Field Exercise in Stratigraphy/Paleoecology part of Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This field activity for GEOL 320 "Paleobiology" is designed to turn what could have been a "look-and-see" fossil collecting trip into one where genuinely interesting hypotheses/questions are ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Paleontology:Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction , Field Techniques , Paleoecology , Biology

A Cross-Section and Geologic History from Field Data Collected by Second Year Students in the St Francois Mountains of Missouri part of Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This field activity takes place during a 3-day field trip to St Francois Mountains, Missouri. Students use their field data to construct a cross-section through a portion of the field area.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Stratigraphy, Geoscience:Geology

Field Trip to Enfield Glen, NY Finger Lakes Region part of Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This is a 2.5 hour field trip in which students search through strata of the Upper Devonian Catskill Delta for paleocurrent indicators that allow them to infer paleogeographic differences between Devonian and ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology, Geomorphology, Historical Geology, Geoscience:Geology

Weathering of Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary Rocks in a Semi-Arid Climate - An Engineering Application of Petrology part of Petrology:Teaching Examples
Students examine soils developed on igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks near Denver, Colorado. The 2-week exercise includes sample collection, description, and preparation, determining clay mineralogy by ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Volcanology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:X-ray Techniques, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Geochemistry, Igneous Processes, Geoscience:Geology, Geology:Geochemistry:Geochemical Analysis, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Processes

Use of an inquiry approach for exploring relationships between small stream dynamics, channel geometry, and bedform movement part of Sedimentary Geology:Activities
This group activity allows students to identify questions in the field on an actual physical system (in this case a small sand and gravel bed stream), then design experiments to answer their own questions. The ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Sediment Transport and Deposition

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