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Geology Labs on Line

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This site provides a gateway to a comprehensive project that is developing interactive lab activities for the teaching and learning of geology and earth sciences.
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Date Added to MERLOT: March 03, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: June 24, 2016


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Avatar for Theresa Soliz
2 years ago

Theresa Soliz (Faculty)

These are way cool river labs! We did this for Dr. Stamm's class. My old college professor from CSUMB! :) T.Soliz, Earth Science Teacher

Avatar for Stuart Fleming
8 years ago

Stuart Fleming (Faculty)

I briefly reviewed the ideas and really thought they were very complete and educationally significant. I can't wait to use them in my classroom in the fall. I think the labs definately will be an asset to my teaching and my students learning

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I did one whole lab and it was very wasy to use.

Avatar for Lee Gray
11 years ago

Lee Gray (Faculty)

I used the virtual river exercise in a college Introductory Physical Geology lab. The exercise has students measure the velocity and discharge of a virtual river. Students must do some calculations and must enter the correct answer before they can go on to the next page. It is an excellent exercise in which students collect and interprete data and learn about river dynamics at the same time. When students successfully complete the exercise, they print out a certificate of completion (which can be handed in to demonstrate that they have completed it). It took a little more than an hour for most of the students to finish the exercise.
One slight drawback is that you can't go back in the exercise (eg to check some earlier data). If you stop for some reason, you have to start all over again.
I found that the students generally enjoyed the exercise. but for some it became a bit of a competition. Some tried to get through the exercise as fast as possible without really thinking about what they were doing. In this regard it would be helpful to have a page at the end of the exercise which reviewed and quizzed the students the important concepts. Of course, this could be accomplished with a writing assignment for the class upon completion of the exercise.
This is one of the best virtual geology lab exercises I've seen. I highly recommend it.
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