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Intraplate earthquakes have long intrigued both students and educators. Classroom exploration of United State seismicity and hazards maps inevitably generates numerous questions from the learners regarding the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). Unfortunately, many earth science teachers are not...
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Few schools are within walking distance of a federally designated wilderness. However, many schools are within walking distance of land with wild elements. Students can look for examples of places with wild elements on or near their school grounds. Then they can duplicate the activity in a wilder...
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To understand Plate Tectonic processes on the Earth, and to better understand where future earthquakes are likely to occur, it is important to know how to locate earthquakes as they occur. In this activity students use recent, three-component seismic data to locate a global earthquake. Students will...
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Geologic time can be difficult for people to understand. Our own lives are so short when we compare them to the age of the Earth, that the hundreds of millions of years of geologic time are almost too much to grasp. But for us to understand Earth activities today, we must have at least some basic...
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Two remote sensing activities are listed. Activity 1 provides GOES images from NASA to help you learn to track a hurricane. Activity 2 allows you to investigate the relationship between wind speed in a hurricane and two other factors.
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Fossils give us an amazing picture of past life on Earth, because they are evidence of living things from long ago. Fossils can tell us about the living conditions, or environments, of ancient times. In this investigation, students will explore a set of fossils to determine the living conditions of...
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Flood! Activity provides Landsat images from NASA to help you find evidence that a river channel has moved over time. During a flood, a river not only overflows, it also becomes more powerful--it carves away its banks at a faster rate, it gouges a deeper channel, and it carries more sediment. But a...
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Different types of soil have different capabilities for retaining rainwater. When the soil in an area cannot hold enough rainwater, flooding occurs. Students in this activity measure the amount of water different soil types can handle. Following the activity, students discuss soil and flooding...
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Earthquakes are exciting and dangerous, and many Earth scientists try to determine the risks they pose to people. In fact, earthquakes are one of the most costly natural hazards faced by the Untied States, posing a significant risk to 75 million Americans in 39 States. Earthquakes occur every day....
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Trace fossils, which are physical evidence of life activities of now vanished organisms, are more prevalent than body (bones) fossils. One organism can leave behind many traces (e.g. footprints), but only one set of hard parts (e.g. bones) actually becomes a fossil. Trace fossils include tracks,...
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Students will become familiar with fire terminology, realize how fire can be used as a management tool, and better understand the factors that need to be considered when planning a prescribed burn. In this activity the students will form opinions around fire management issues. They will then work in...
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112
Students will be able to discuss how different magnitudes of earthquakes affect structures differently by simulating how buildings become damaged in an earthquake.
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113
Scientists, engineers, and others create geologic maps to determine the best places for people to settle, build, farm, and use land in a variety of ways. They also use geologic maps to monitor the ways that human activity might be changing the land itself over time. As the Geologic Map of Karst in...
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Published in 2018
Any evidence of past life preserved in a geologic context, such as within rock or sediment, is called a fossil. In this activity, you will work as a paleontologist -- a scientist who studies fossils to understand ancient landscapes, climate, and life on Earth — to find and identify fossils. The...
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"""""Nano sand"""" is a product that was originally invented to help clean up oil spills in water. Since the """"nano sand"""" is hydrophobic, it does not let water molecules pass through. It does, however, let oil molecules pass through. When oil-contaminated water is exposed to """"magic sand,""""...
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This activity -- in which students test a local water supply -- is designed to be used as an extension to classroom activities related to treating foul water for consumption.
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117
Published in 2018
"""""Exploring the Universe: Filtered Light"""" demonstrates how scientists can use telescopes and other tools to capture and filter different energies of light to study the universe. Most objects in the universe are so distant from us that we can only study them through the light. Filters allow us...
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You've got a water shortage in your city. Because of the growing population, demand for more water, and the ongoing drought, you're running out of water! You are the mayor -- you are in charge. How will you solve the problem, since you want to do what's best for your community (and get re-elected)?...
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119
You and your fellow players are the leaders -- citizens, policymakers, business leaders, nonprofit leaders, and researchers -- of a coastal city. Your job is to make smart decisions that will increase the city's resilience to climate change. This Beat the Uncertainty activity includes instructions,...
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"Join Owlie and friends to embark on a """"Severe Weather Preparedness Adventure!""""Most appropriate for elementary and middle levels, this online game -- produced as part of NOAA and the National Weather Service's Young Meteorologist program -- teaches students how to stay safe through weather...
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