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On the Trail of the Yellowstone Hot Spot part of Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
On the Trail of the Yellowstone Hot Spot - Snake River Plain, Craters of the Moon, and Yellowstone Drs. Jenny Thomson and John Buchanan, Department of Geology, 130 Science Building, Eastern Washington University, ...

Celebration of Earth and Arbor Day part of Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
During this trip, students will plants 25 oak trees in a designated area set by Little Rock Parks and Recreation.

Mojave-Mecca Geology Field Trip part of Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
This 8 day field trip occurs over spring break. Upper division geoscience students visit a spectrum of locations in southern California. The course blends field mapping exercises with look-see sites along the plate margin.

Paleoclimate Reconstruction: Walker Lake-Bloody Canyon Moraines of Mono Basin, California part of Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
In this activity students map and describe glacial geomorphic features related to Quaternary glaciations in the Sierra Nevada of central California. In this region, multiple sets of glacial moraines and corresponding bogs and lakes are evidence of various advances during the Pleistocene. With time, glacial features are modified by erosional processes resulting in morphological changes that we can use to relatively date the various features. Using cross-cutting relationships, moraine morphology, boulder description/counting, and various other relative dating techniques students will "date" the moraines. In this locality there are three main moraine crests that are well-preserved and available for students to hike along and gather data (classified as Tioga-Tenaya, Tahoe, and Mono Basin moraines). At a locality along each of the three different moraine crests, students will observe the boulders along the ridge crest (within ~5m of the crest) within a known area. The students will record the number of boulders, the degree of weathering of the boulders, the lithology, the size (~diameter), roundness, presence of lichen (describe), and the presence of striations on each boulder. They will also note the style and amount of vegetation on the moraine and soil characteristics (amount of gruss around boulders?) The students should make a table in their field notebooks so that it is easy to compile the data at the end of the day. Generally students work in groups of 2 or 3. Since many of these observations are somewhat qualitative it works well for them to be able to discuss their thoughts while gathering data. It is helpful to use a few boulders as examples to set some ground rules before starting the activity this will help the class be the same page with regard to the techniques.

Pressure-melting of ice: demonstration part of Teaching Materials Collection
Pressure-melting of ice, which is responsible for many aspects of glacier-bed process, is demonstrable in a standard class period at effectively no cost of time or $.

EarthTutor: An Earth Science Imagery Tutor part of Teaching Materials Collection
EarthTutor is a NASA-sponsored plugin for the ImageJ image processing software. EarthTutor is an "Intelligent Tutoring System", educational software that employs artificial intelligence techniques, that ...

Simulating Satellite Orbits and Atmospheric Drag part of Teaching Materials Collection
Physics students are intrigued by activities in space. To link this natural curiosity with solid problem-solving skills, we developed a spreadsheet simulation for satellites moving through an atmosphere of variable ...

Lower Atmosphere Temperature Profile part of Teaching Materials Collection
Challenge students to measure the temperature profile of the lower atmosphere

Modeling Glacier Dynamics with Flubber part of Teaching Materials Collection
We created a hands-on activity for middle and high school students that describes glacier mass balance in a changing climate. The students make a glacier using glue, water and detergent ("flubber") and ...