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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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The National Park Service brings you information on geologic time and how we tell the age of the Earth. Learn about fundamental geologic concepts, view a geologic time module, view a video on the Big Ideas in Geoscience, and look at fossils and rocks throughout geologic time.
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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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Carry out a laboratory demonstration of the first stages in the chemical weathering of limestone. Quarter-fill a small glass beaker or a boiling tube, with some water of neutral pH and add some Universal indicator. Ask what will happen if a pupil blows steadily into the water through a straw (it...
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This PDF has three useful worksheets for students on characteristics of Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic rocks.
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Published in 2016
Compaction of soil can contribute to size and numbers of pores. Soil can become compacted many ways, and this can have long-term effects. For example, when American settlers traveled the Oregon Trail in their wagons in the 1800s, soil became so compacted that we still can see wheel ruts today. Try...
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Demonstrating how seismic shaking depends on local geology.
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Coal produces more than half of the electricity used in the United States, and is our most abundant domestic nonrenewable energy source. The students will comupte the cost of electricity used to light their classroom and their school for one hour through one year, the number of kilowatt ours of...
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By GeoBlox
Groins are artificial structures built along coastlines to help widen developed beaches, and so help the local tourist industry. This groin model can be attached to other models to make one long, continuous beachfront.
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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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Layers of the ocean crust are demonstrated through this paper model.
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An oasis forms when precipitation falling in the recharge zone seeps into the ground where porous and permeable rocks are found at the surface. This groundwater may travel many miles through the aquifer and resurface where the porous layer is exposed. When this occurs in a desert region an oasis may...
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By GeoBlox
This is a color version of a composite cone (stratovolcano) paper model.
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This is a black and white version of a composite cone (stratovolcano) paper model.
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Jones Spring is located in the bed of the intermittent stream Walnut Creek. Walnut Creek is also a disappearing stream. Water flows down along the Hensell Sand Member in the bed of Walnut Creek until it reaches the contact with the Cow Creek Limestone. This limestone is a coquina that formed from...
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This activity can be used in any science or geography lesson about the processes and products of the sedimentary rock cycle.
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Download an English pdf version of a rock chart.
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Sandy soils allow water through easily and clay soils do not. Garderners usually prefer loam soils. For a farmer or gardener, it is important to know the soil type so that it can be managed properly and crop production increased. This activity can be used in any lesson about the environment, rocks...
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Make learning the rock cycle easy with these finger movements.
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Using the view of the local area, students use the local landscape features as evidence for underlying geology.
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