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Geology

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Using our robust library of Geology lessons, students will gain hands-on experience investigating a wide range of topics, including rock formation, weathering, plate tectonics, and hydrology. Students will also develop the skills to classify, identify, and describe rock and mineral samples.

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By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Calculate stream gradients using a topographic map.
  • Outline drainage basins on a topographic map.
  • Compare the porosity and permeability of three soil materials.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Determine the elevations of features on a topographic map.
  • Calculate the gradients of slopes represented on a topographic map.
  • Create a topographic profile from a section of a USGS quadrangle map.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the length and area of features on a USGS quadrangle map.
  • Calculate the longitude and latitude of features on a USGS quadrangle map.
  • Relate map measurements to geographic ground distances.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Conduct formal observations of ten sedimentary rock specimens.
  • Examine texture, grain size, reaction to acid, angularity, sphericity, and composition to identify a set of sedimentary rocks.
  • Examine the effects of weathering on the mass and appearance of sedimentary rocks.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify metamorphic rocks by foliation, grain size, and mineralogy.
  • Relate metamorphic rock structure to rock forming processes.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Conduct formal observations of ten igneous rock specimens.
  • Identify igneous rocks by texture, MCI, and mineral content.
  • Relate igneous rock structure to rock forming processes.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Research, explore, and observe local geology.
  • Apply conceptual knowledge to field investigations.
  • Prepare a report documenting field trip activities and findings.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Model the movements of tectonic plates.
  • Relate digital map features to tectonic plate boundaries.
  • Infer plate movements from digital map characteristics.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Analyze current earthquake and volcanic activity as related to tectonic plates.
  • Calculate the location of an epicenter from seismograph data.
  • Evaluate soil types and moisture levels to assess earthquake hazards.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Determine the volume of chemical required to saturate a solution, and describe why saturation is necessary to grow crystals.
  • Compare the growth patterns and shapes of magnesium sulfate, aluminum sulfate, and copper (II) sulfate crystals.
  • Test the effects of temperature on crystal growth and shape.
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By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Model radioactive decay through coin tosses.
  • Research the half-life, daughter isotope(s), and decay type of a radioactive element.
  • Create graphs of half-life trends and of the relationship between time and percentage of parent isotopes.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Graph the distance between the planets of our solar system from the Sun and the orbit duration.
  • Predict the orbit duration of three dwarf planets based on the graphed trends of the planets.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Examine the crystal form, hardness, streak, cleavage, fracture, and reaction to acid for a set of unknown minerals.
  • Calculate the density and specific gravity for a set of mineral samples.
  • Interpret experimental results to identify a set of mineral samples.
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