In this activity, students explore the difference between brittle and ductile deformation in everyday materials and how material behavior is influenced by temperature and the rate of deformation. Then, they will apply this knowledge to rocks deformation and how this is related to the occurrrence of earthquakes and mountain ranges at plate boundaries.
In this activity, students will gain an understanding of how geologists determine rates of sea floor spreading between two tectonic plates. Students will also gain experience applying some basic, useful mathematical concepts such as the calculation and use of velocities and conversion from one set of units to another.
In this activity, students will learn about energy sources by playing a game. This game demonstrates that energy, the environment and economics are closely tied - obtaining one affects the other two.
In this lesson, students will learn about beach processes and complex beach systems. By participating in a role-playing activity, students will also learn that human efforts to stabilize an unstable environment can lead to complex problems. Students will conduct research to prepare materials for their part of the role-playing activity.
In this activity, students will produce a vertical profile of a stream and be able to map it. They will also measure flow velocity differences across a stream transect and equate flow velocity with size of substrate sediment collected. Then they will quantify discharge values for a stream.
In this activity, students will excavate a fossil and obtain information about prehistoric life from a fossil. The importance of data collection is emphasized. Directions for making the fossil matrix are included.
In this activity, students will demonstrate the environmental and economic effects of increased carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere.
In this activity, students will learn that minerals have specific characteristics that can be used to identify them and learn the uses of a few common minerals.
In this lesson, students will learn the difference between confining layers and aquifers in a basic water table aquifer scenario. They will also contour groundwater elevation and petroleum product thickness data.
In this activity, students will learn about the different types of fossils, particularly trace fossils. They will also design an experiment to learn how the sediment type affects fossil preservation.
In this activity, students will explore water contamination and learn that contaminants may not always be detected with our senses.