Karen Kortz and Jessica Smay bring their highly successful lecture tutorial approach to this easy-to-implement resource for any introductory earth science module. The brief activities here get students actively involved in the practical application of earth science concepts, while helping them navigate common pitfalls and misconceptions.
Karen Kortz is Professor of Geology and Oceanography at the Community College of Rhode Island, USA where she's been teaching for ten years; receiving the 2008 Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching. Her research interests include geoscience education research, and in particular, students' conceptions of rocks and plate tectonics and ways to reduce their misconceptions. Jessica J. Smay is a lecturer in the Physical Sciences department at San Jose City College, USA. She has previously authored Lecture Tutorials in Introductory Geoscience, also with Karen Kortz.
PART I: INTRO TO EARTH SCIENCE 1. What Do Earth Scientists Do? PART II: EARTH'S ROCKS 2. Minerals and Rocks 3. Rock Categories 4. The Rock Cycle 5. Identifying Igneous Rocks 6. Igneous Rock Mineral Size 7. Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks 8. Sedimentary Depositional Environments 9. Metamorphic Rocks 10. The History of Metamorphic Rocks 11. The Rock Cycle and Plate Tectonics PART III: EARTH'S PROCESSES 12. Earth's Surface Features 13. Weathering 14. Landslides 15. Flood Curves 16. Groundwater 17. Water Table 18. Groundwater Contamination 19. Glacier Movement 20. Glacier Budget 21. Scientific Hypotheses of Dinosaur Extinction 22. Density PART IV: EARTH'S INTERIOR AND PLATE TECTONICS 23. Tectonic Plates and Boundaries 24. Seafloor Ages 25. The Age of the Crust 26. Divergent Boundary Features 27. Subduction Features 28. Movement at Convergent Plate Boundaries 29. Outer Layers of Earth 30. The Outer Core 31. Magma Source Depth 32. Hot Spots 33. Earthquake Intensity and Magnitude 34. Locations of Earthquakes 35. Tsunami 36. Volcano Types 37. The Earth Timeline PART V: EARTH'S OCEAN 38. Plate Boundaries in Oceans 39. Features on the Ocean Floor 40. Ocean Surface Circulation 41. Ocean layers 42. Longshore Current 43. Tides 44. Spring and Neap Tides PART VI: EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE AND CLIMATE 45. Weather Vs. Climate 46. Layers of the Atmosphere 47. Simple Atmosphere Circulation 48. Prevailing winds 49. Fronts 50. Climate Change and Carbon Dioxide 51. How the Greenhouse Effect Works 52. The Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming 53. The Greenhouse Effect and the Ozone Hole 54. Consequences of Global Warming 55. Alternative Energy Sources 56. Auroras PART VII: EARTH IN SPACE 57. The Universe Timeline 58. Representing Our view of the Sky 59. Star Locations 60. Star Movement 61. Star Motion and Zenith 62. The Cause of the Seasons 63. Lunar Phases 64. Planetary Positions 65. Rocky Inner Planets Vs Gaseous Outer Planets 66. Missions 67. Relative Sizes in the Universe 68. Rock Types on Other Planets 69. Volcanoes on Other Planets 70. Planet Surface Features
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