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Discovering Plate Boundaries is based on 5 world maps containing earthquake, volcano, topography, satellite gravity, and seafloor age data. The novel aspect of the exercise is the "jigsaw" manner in which student groups access the maps and use them to discover, classify, and describe plate boundary types. The exercise is based only on observation and description, which makes it useful at a wide variety ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Map, In-situ dataset, Modeled dataset, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Physical geography, Geologic time, Geology, Geophysics, Structural geology, Natural hazards
 
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This module discusses the hydrologic cycle and its impacts on the planet Earth. Additionally, the module addresses connections between the hydrologic cycle, climate and the impacts humans have had on the cycle. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Module / Unit
Subject: Geology
 
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This brief description of the rock cycle is for younger students. They will learn about the processes by which the three types of rocks can be changed into one another. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Geology
 
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In this lab activity students describe rock types in a variety of exposures to construct a regional stratigraphy. Learning goals, teaching notes and materials, equipment lists, and assessment recommendations are all provided on this website. Additionally, there are links to useful references and resources, including related field labs. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Field activity, Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Geology
 
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This Starting Point webpage describes a ConcepTest question that asks students to examine a map and answer the question, how many plates are present? Students are to answer the questions using a diagram representing continental lithosphere, oceanic ridges and trenches and oceanic lithosphere. The website includes the question typical student responses before and after discussion and additional references ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation, Guide for instructor
Subject: Geology
 
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This site contains a basic explanation of the rock cycle along with information on the difference between a rock and a mineral and a description of the three types of rocks (igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary). The site also describes the crust, mantle, outer core, and inner core, which are the four different layers of the Earth. In addition, it has a diagram of the rock cycle showing its relationship ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Geology
 
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This guide provides an introduction to the glacial landforms and other complexly eroded features seen in Grafton Notch State Park, which is located in southwestern Maine. There is a detailed discussion of the glacial history of the area, which features steep gorges, waterfalls, eskers, an ancient glacial lake, and other landforms superimposed on a terrain of Silurian metamorphic rocks and Devonian ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), General public
Resource type: Guide for field trip
Subject: Geology
 
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This Starting Point webpage describes a ConcepTest question that asks students to address the question, which location (rock unit) would have the potential for the best groundwater production? They are to address a given diagram to answer the question. The website contains additional notes and references as well as statistics for typical student answers before and after discussion. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation, Guide for instructor
Subject: Geology, Hydrology
 
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This activity asks students to place 6-10 events in Earth history on a timeline, first working in small groups and then as a class. Then, through questions, important points such as how certain events are dated, where humanity fits in, and so forth, can be brought up. The Starting Point website builds a context for the exercise by detailing the learning goals, teaching notes and materials (downloadable), ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Geologic time, Geology
 
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This site is devoted to microscopic images of minerals, thin sections of rocks and meteorites, and stereoscopy of minerals. The site is organized into the following categories: meteorites, plutonic rocks, volcanic rocks, carbonates, sedimentary rocks, sedimentary rocks and diatoms. Other links include conoscopic images, an index measurement page containing theoretical information about index of refraction ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Photograph
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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