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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

Links to websites used in this lab:

Graduate Teaching Assistants this term

Lab Section ATuesdays12:30-2:30Alden
Lab Section BTuesdays2:40-4:40Alden
Lab Section CWednesdays12:20-2:20Amanda
Lab Section DWednesdays2:30-4:30Amanda
Lab Section EThursdays12:30-2:30Marilyn
Lab Section FThursdays12:30-2:30Marilyn

Weekly Meeting

We will meet each Monday from about 2-3 PM 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. Vince will set the lab for those activities, hopefully before the weekly TA meeting.

Some online resources related to the rocks and minerals labs

Other documents and links

Lab 1 — Getting Started

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

Lab 2 — Plate Tectonics

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

Lab 3 — Minerals

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

Lab 4 — Rock Cycle

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

Lab 5 — Igneous Rock

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

Lab 6 — Sediments and Sedimentary Rock

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

Lab 7 — Metamorphic Rock

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

Lab 8 — Rock and Mineral Quiz

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

Lab 9 — Dating of Rocks, Fossils, and Geologic Events

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

Lab 10 — Topographic Maps and Orthoimages

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

Lab 11 — Earthquakes

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

Lab 12 — 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 13 — Groundwater

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

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