Examine the materials of which our planet is made

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Examine the materials of which our planet is made. Each rock has a story to tell that you will learn to read. Examine landscapes produced and modified by physical processes of erosion and deposition in river, glacial, shoreline systems. These landscapes are represented on topographic maps. Map reading skills will enhance your life in many ways, having many practical applications, from land ownership, water well locations, and enjoyment of outdoor activities. You should supplement this lab manual with your textbook where you can find glossy colored photographs and diagrams. We recommend that you bring your textbook to each lab session to use as a handy reference. Each lab exercise follows this format: Warm-Up Quiz: This is done on the Canvas page for the geology lab (not on your lecture class Canvas page). This must be completed by 11:55 PM the night before your lab. The quiz covers material from the upcoming lab, as well as short review from the previous lab, and is designed to prepare you for the lab work to be completed during class. ConcepTest : A ConcepTest will be given at the beginning of each lab period. These assessments are not graded, but may be used to determine attendance. The ConcepTests are challenging and designed to determine what you already know about the subjects we’ll be dicussing in lab. Objectives: A list of concepts and skills to learn and master. Materials: What you will need to bring to lab. Background information: Information necessary to complete the lab. Lab Activities: Hands-on activities and questions designed to help you to practice geology (require a TA check). Homework: To be turned in at the beginning of next lab. Figure 2. A student climbing to get a better look at the gravels in Alaska.Image source: Pete Stelling. Figure 3. A sample of fluorite, a mineral. Image source: Rob Lavinsky, . com.
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4 Tips for Success Organize this lab manual and your lab notes in a 3-ring binder. Prepare before you come to lab. You need to come to lab knowing what you are going to do. You will finish the In-Class activities during the lab session if you take the time to figure out what you are going to do in lab. Expect to spend time outside of lab time to complete the activities. The better prepared you are before lab, the more you can accomplish within the lab period. The labs are designed so that a well-prepared student should be able to finish most activities during lab, with only one or two Homework problems to finish outside of lab. Read your lab manual and complete the pre lab worksheet. Refer often to your lecture textbook, it contains useful colored pictures and excellent diagrams. Mastering new skills (e.g. identifying rocks or reading topographic maps) takes practice - Like learning to ride a bike, you may skin your knees a few time, but then once learned, you don't forget.
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