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Connor Cronin climbing in Boulder Canyon, Colorado.

Connor Cronin climbing in Boulder Canyon, Colorado. Photo by Vince Cronin.

Teacher Resources, Physical Geology Lab (Geo 1405 The Dynamic Earth)

The lab home page for all sections of Geology 1405 is

The lab syllabus for all sections of Geology 1405 is available online at

Graduate Teaching Assistants this term

Lab Section ATuesdays12:30-2:30Marilyn
Lab Section BTuesdays2:40-4:40Alden
Lab Section CWednesdays2:30-4:30Amanda
Lab Section DWednesdays4:40-6:40Amanda
Lab Section EThursdays12:30-2:30Marilyn
Lab Section FThursdays2:40-4:40Alden

Weekly Meeting

We will meet each Monday morning from ~10:00 till ~11:00 in the physical geology lab room to discuss the lab for the week. After your last lab the previous week, review the new lab scheduled for the coming week so that you can collaborate on the selection of 4-5 activities that you think are most likely to be informative and successful for the students to complete. By Sunday morning, exchange emails with the group (Vince, Marilyn, Amanda, Alden) so that we can make the final choice of activities. Vince will then set the lab for those activities Sunday afternoon or evening.

Some online resources related to the rocks and minerals labs

Other documents and links

Lab 1 — Plate Tectonics

Teacher Notes: 1405-TA-Notes-Tectonics,html

Lab 2 — Minerals

Teacher Notes: 1405-TA-Notes-Mins.html

Lab 3 — Igneous Rock

Teacher Notes: 1405-TA-Notes-IgRox.html

Lab 4 — Sediments and Sedimentary Rock

Teacher Notes: 1405-TA-Notes-SedRox.html

Lab 5 — Metamorphic Rock

Teacher Notes: 1405-TA-Notes-MetRox.html

Lab 6 — Dating of Rocks, Fossils, and Geologic Events

Teacher Notes: 1405-TA-Notes-GeolTime.html

Lab 7 — Topographic Maps and Orthoimages

Teacher Notes: 1405-TA-Notes-Topo.html

Lab 8 — Structural Geology

Teacher Notes: 1405-TA-Notes-Struct.html

Lab 9 — Earthquakes

Teacher Notes: 1405-TA-Notes-EQs.html

Lab 10 — Streams

Teacher Notes: 1405-TA-Notes-Streams.html

The initial setup for the stream table at the beginning of lab (and whenever it needs to be re-set during lab) is approximately as follows.

  1. Be sure that the water pump is switched off, using the chrome-colored switch on the control box.
  2. Use the broad drywall knife to move sediment from the pool area back up onto the river plain, and smooth it to a flat but slightly inclined surface that extends approximately to where the arrows are marked with duct tape along the side rails of the stream table.
  3. Carefully lift the plywood-and-plexiglass template onto the stream table so that it is touching the end where water is discharged from the plastic tube. Don't grab ahold of the template using the plexiglass -- especially the "point bar" part of the form, because it might break.
  4. With the template in place and using your hand, scoop-out a channel along the meandering path cut out of the plexiglass. You will need to add some sand to the cutbacks along the channel. Put any other sand you generate this way onto the floodplain/overbank area.
  5. With the dial pointed at "normal flow", flip the switch on the control box to start the flow. Make sure the water is flowing all the way down the stream channel before you let the students play.

Lab 11 — Groundwater

Teacher Notes: 1405-TA-Notes-GWater.html

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