Good Practices - Handouts Good Practices %The Butler Does It%


Most professors have their favorite handouts that they distribute in their courses. Distribution via the Internet is a good way to avoid copying costs and providing replacements. The following seem to be good examples.

    1. Animated Tectonic History of Western North America and Southern California
      "Professor Tanya Atwater began these animations as a project for the Smithsonian Museum and for public education. As they evolved, the animations developed into a powerful research visualization tool used by geoscientists across the nation. Professor Atwater is now releasing these animations over the Web for general use. This page contains the first image of each animation. The movie previews contain a small version of each animation along with an extended description. Two larger versions of each movie, plus an accompanying narrative text are available for free on the download page."

    2. Climate from Geothermal Data
      St. Francis Xavier, Canada.

    3. Contacts - an Exercise
      From Northeastern University

    4. Global Earth History, Geologic History of the Western US and Selected North American Orogenies
      from Northern Arizona University

    5. Gravity and Magnetics Primer
      "The primary goal of studying gravity and magnetic data is to provide a better understanding of the subsurface geology of the Earth. Gravity and magnetic measurements are both non-destructive remote sensing methods that are relatively cheap, and are used to determine information about the subsurface that is useful especially in exploration for oil and gas and mineral deposits. "

    6. Geophysical Examples
      Seismic exploration, in principle, is nothing more than a mechanized version of the blind person and his cane. In place of the tapping cane we have a hammer blow on the ground, or an explosion in a shallow hole, to generate sound waves. We "listen" with geophones ...

    7. Geophysical Case Histories
      U. British Columbia - Excellent set of resources covering a wide range of applications

    8. Global Positioning Systems
      " Finally, the U.S. Department of Defense decided that the military had to have a super precise form of worldwide positioning. And fortunately they had the kind of money ($12 Billion!) it took to build something really good. The result is the Global Positioning System, a system that's changed navigation forever."

    9. Petrology and Plate Tectonics
      from Pomona University.

    10. Measured and Estimated SeaFloor Topography
      Land Topography from GTOPO30

      from the University of Central Michigan. "The links below are organized around the sequence of topics typically taught in an introductory earth science or physical geography class. Links are also available for environmental science,earth science/geography education, career opportunities, and more. The sites selected are based on image quality, ease with which lesson plans can be developed, organization, authenticity, scope, and format. "

    12. Plate Tectonics
      from the U. Oregon Electronic Universe Project.

    13. Unconformities in the Grand Canyon
      From Northeastern University

    14. A Catalog of Geoscience Handout Resources

    There are more than 100 course handouts available in the FileMaker Pro Database

January 15, 2001

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