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The purpose of the paper models is to help undergraduate students visualize a range of 3-D geometries associated with faults. They are intended as a complement to structural geology coursework on faults and to relate to mapwork. The models are easy to build and can be downloaded for free. Includes...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Paper models of crystals and cleavage. PDF, printable.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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"These model-building activities from NASA's Stardust mission educator's guide provide a """"""""stellar"""""""" opportunity to teach middle level students about comets and how they form. In Cookin' Up a Comet, students and their teacher create a comet model from dry ice and other inexpensive...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Through a simple interactive online model, students learn about the relationship between carbon dioxide emissions, carbon dioxide buildup in the atmosphere, and average global temperature. The simulation predicts changes throughout the 21st century based on the level of carbon dioxide emissions...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2013
This report describes how to build a model of the outer 300 km (180 miles) of the Earth that can be used to develop a better understanding of the principal features of plate tectonics, including sea-floor spreading, the pattern of magnetic stripes frozen into the sea floor, transform faulting,...
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Layers of sediments are generally deposited on top of each other. But sometimes sequences of different age are separated by an erosion surface. The difference i nage between the older and younger rocks, i.e. the time gap, is called a hiatus. The foto here shows an angular unconformity at Vallys...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2012
Trilobites were distinctly related to crabs and lived in the sea from 526 million years ago until they became extinct 250 million years ago. There were many different species and 17-000 types of fossil trilobite have been found, ranging in size from only a few millimeters to more than half a meter...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Sunlight is constantly falling on Earth. At the same time, Earth is losing energy to the cold emptiness of outer space. In this activity, you will use a computer model to explore what happens to the Sun's energy when it strikes Earth.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Some areas of the world are susceptible to frequent earthquakes. Other areas of the world have a history of volcanic eruptions. Unfortunately, many areas such as Japan experience both volcanoes and earthquakes. In this activity, you will use a computer model, Seismic Explorer, to investigate...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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In this activity, you will use a computer model, Seismic Explorer, to examine patterns of earthquakes below Earth's surface and relate earthquakes to plate boundaries and movement.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2010
In this activity, students will review and discuss weathering, erosion and mass wasting, to gain a stronger understanding of how Hickory Run's Boulder Field was formed after the Laurentide Continental Glacier receded. Using edible materials, students will model and demonstrate the geological...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Faults are one of the most impressive and beautiful structures arising from deformation of the earth's crust; we are not, of course, biased! Determining the slip-direction and the total displacement is often not an easy task. Slickensides are useful shear sense indicators, but generally cannot be...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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These two models illustrate typical structures developed in fold and thrust belts. The models can be made out of one single piece of paper, but we decided to split each model into two parts for easier model building. Contains two models: fault-propagation fold and fault-bend fold.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2017
This hands-on, guided-inquiry activity helps students to understand the geometry of lunar and solar eclipses by creating a physical, proportional model of the Earth and Moon system and observing shadows.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Students will shape their own asteroid models out of clay as a hands-on lesson in how asteroids form, what they are made of, and where they can be found in our solar system.
Grade Level   3 4 5
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Published in 1997
"This report illustrates how crinoids lived and became fossilized. By studying animations and the paper model, students will better understand the flower-like animal that is referred to as a """"sea-lily"""" and its ocean-floor environment. Included are templates for making the paper model,...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 1989
On October 17, 1989, a Magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred south of San Francisco, California. The resulting disaster was not the largest in the history of the United States, in terms of either money or lives. In this Post Lab, students will construct a paper model of the 1989 fault rupture. This...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 1998
This report illustrates why sand dunes can develop different forms. Students will better understand the evolution of sand dunes. Included are templates for making a paper model, instructions for their assembly, and a discussion of development of different forms of sand dunes.
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With just a few materials, building a paper model of the International Space Station (ISS) can become an excellent group, troop, or class project. This publication contains a brief overview of the ISS, its parts, the science that occurs on board, instructions, and extensions for an interdisciplinary...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Pupils can find the Milankovitch cycles, of the variation in the solar radiation received by the Earth, difficult to understand. This activity uses hand modelling to consolidate learning.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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