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Floodplains in the field (with GIS)
In this exercise from SERC's Starting Point, students measure a topographic and geologic cross-section across a floodplain by simple surveying and auguring techniques. This example demonstrates how basic GIS elements can enhance learning by adding spatial context and introducing mapping techniques. GIS elements encourage students to consider the spatial context of field observations, introduce GPS measurements, and can involve desktop GIS analyses.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Lab activity
    • Assessment / Evaluation
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Map
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Tools:
    • Software
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geologic time
    • Geology
  • Hydrology
  • Soil science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-STARTINGPOINT-000-000-000-629
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Principal Investigator: Dr Cathy Manduca
Carleton COllege

Author: Mary Savina
Carleton College

Contributor: Brian Welch
St. Olaf College