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Published in 2018
What’s an awe-inspiring natural feature in your state? Maybe it’s a mountain, canyon, waterfall, glacier, cave, volcano, geyser, natural arch, grand vista, or something else. Identify an inspiring landscape near you, and learn about the geoscience behind it. Start with the geologic maps...
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In this lesson, students will create three-dimensional (3-D) blocks out of paper to learn about the types of faulting that occur at the Earth’s surface and its interior, and explain how earthquakes are generated by fault movement. Step-by-step directions will provide students with the necessary...
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By GeoBlox
This 3-D earthquake model demonstrates parts of an earthquake: the focus, the epicenter, and P waves.
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Published in 1993
This report contains instructions and two patterns for making a terrestrial globe and a tectonic globe. The pattern or map projection is designed to be glued onto a used tennis ball. The terrestrial globe is intended to help visualize the location of the continents and oceans. The purpose of the...
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Bring the Grand Canyon to your classroom using NPS distance learning programs. The programs cover a range of topics and grade levels: Ancient Life (fossils, grades 2-5), Ask a Ranger (geology, grades 4-8), Canyon Connections (plant/animal adaptations, grades 4-8), Condor's Flight (endangered...
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Pupils prepare a scientific report about earthquakes, a topic studied in science or geography. The activity creates a cross-curricular link between the sciences and arts. Pupils can: relate their existing knowledge about earthquakes to historis paintings of the results of earthquakes; look carefully...
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"This is the home of """"Discovering Plate Boundaries,"""" a data rich exercise to help students discover the processes that occur at plate tectonic boundaries. I have used DPB with students from 5th grade to Earth Science Majors at Rice University. It works well over this wide range because it...
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The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is currently investigating the diversity within the deepwater habitats of the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean. On this expedition, scientists are closely examining hydrothermal vent sites, mud volcanoes, subduction zones, seamounts, and the variety of...
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"In this activity, students will use an accelerometer (iPhone, laptop or USB) to kinesthetically explore the physical """"meaning"""" of three component seismic data by replicating a seismogram by moving the accelerometer. Students have a chance to identify S and P waves and describe the paths each...
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The JOIDES Resolution (JR) has physical dimensions unlike most oceangoing vessels. Why? So that scientists can sail nearly anywhere in the world to drill for samples of rocks and sediment from below the seafloor — in hopes of discovering clues about Earth’s history and structure, life in the...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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How do geologists understand the Earth’s history? In part, they measure the age of rocks and other natural materials by dating techniques. They can date rocks by gauging the amount of decay of radioactive elements. The time necessary for half of any given amount of one element (the “parent...
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Core samples are small portions of a formation taken from an existing well and used for geologic analysis. The sample is analyzed to determine porosity, permeability, fluid content, geologic age, and probable productivity of oil from the site. Drilling is the only way to be sure that oil and gas...
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Geologists take advantage of decay of natural radioactive elements to determine the age of rocks, which can help us understand earth history. One example of this dating method is using volcanic ash layers to help determine the age of ash-bearing horizons in ice cores. Ice cores provide important...
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Published in 2007
The Earth's crust is not a solid shell. It is made of thick, interconnecting pieces called tectonic plates that fit together like a puzzle. In this activity, students will: use logic and the evidence to reconstruct the position of large islands and continents as they appeared 220 million years ago;...
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"Lesson plans for teaching about seismology and other Earth science topics. Includes descriptions of demonstrations, experiments and activities for teachers and students. The lessons are designed primarily for teachers of grades 5-12 but can be adapted to introductory college level Earth science...
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"Students will create a two-dimensional contour map of a submerged area from a simulated survey using sounding techniques. This activity goes along with the """"Building a Topographic Model"""" activity, where students built a 3-D model of a landform above sea level."
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