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This guide provides instructions for educators on the classroom use of the Geochemistry of Rocks of the Oceans and Continents (GEOROC) database. GEOROC provides chemical and isotopic data for rocks, minerals, and melt/fluid inclusions that are used by scientists for a variety of purposes, including analysis and classification of samples, comparison of similar rocks from different parts of the world, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geochemistry, Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This site provides an introduction to the Missouri Springs of the Ozarks, a series of large springs that occur south of the Missouri River along the Ozark Uplift. There is general information on springs, including what they are, how they form, and their connection to the groundwater system. Photographs and brief descriptions are provided for the twenty largest springs in the state. There is also a ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), General public
Resource type: Field trip - virtual, Tutorial, Illustration - artistic, Illustration - scientific, Map, Photograph, Index / Bibliography
Subject: Geology, Hydrology
 
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This is an exercise based on the geologic hazard of land subsidence in areas of karst terrain. A brief introduction is given to ground water, the development of karst, and the resulting collapse features due to the lowering of the water table. Photos and an animation support the discussion. Users are directed to print out a question sheet that is intended to guide exploration of the Edwards Aquifer ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Geology, Natural hazards
 
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In this activity, students will become familier with the rock cycle. During the first part of the lesson, students work in small groups, each group having a copy of the rock cycle on a sheet of paper and a selection of small-scale samples and photographs that represent the products of the rock cycle. The students lay out their samples and photographs next to what they consider to be the correct boxes ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This site provides all information, instructions, downloadable materials, and links to online materials for an exercise developed for use in a Geology of the National Parks course. Using the provided maps, groups of 3 to 6 students are asked to identify between 8 and 12 geologic provinces based on topography, the age of rocks, and the rock types. As a result of this exercise, students will become ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lab activity
Subject: Physical geography, Geology
 
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In this lesson, students will investigate the South Atlantic Bight to discover what it is and how was it formed. As they investigate the Bight, students will sequence and model the events leading to the formation of the southeastern coast of the United States, examine what forces have changed the structure of this area over geologic time, predict what changes are yet to occur and how these changes ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Geology, Physical oceanography
 
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In this activity, students will investigate the weathering of rocks by chemical processes. They will use effervescent cleansing tablets as a model for rock, and vary surface area, temperature, and acidity to see how rapidly the "rock" dissolves. This investigation will help them understand three of the factors that affect the rate of chemical weathering and develop better understanding of how to design ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Chemistry, Geology
 
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This virtual field trip explores the geologic setting of the Colorado Front Range and some of its features and issues. Users can choose from a set of links or click on symbols on an interactive map to visit "stops" that feature photos, maps, or diagrams accompanied by brief written descriptions of geologic structures, economic resources (oil and gas, aggregate), historic landmarks, environmental issues, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Field trip - virtual
Subject: Environmental science, Geology
 
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This lesson uses paper models to help students understand karst processes, why caves develop in limestone, and how karst topography develops. Introductory materials explain how ground- or surface waters can dissolve limestone, some features of karst landscapes (sinkholes, disappearing streams), and some features of caves (stalagmites, stalactites, flowstone). A teacher's guide provides patterns and ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Geology, Hydrology
 
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This description of a ground-water aquifer has a graphic representation to accompany it. It is part of the U.S. Geologic Survey's Water Science for Schools website. Links to other parts of the site, such as definitions and types of wells, are included. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Geology, Hydrology
 
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