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ROCKS!!!! Moving rocks!!!

Click on the following link, read and answer the questions which follow on that page.




You will be in the computer lab today AND Thursday, and since I will have limited access to computers while I am gone this week I am putting instructions for BOTH days below. It will take you that long to get through it all. Don't waste time, make sure you do it.

Got it?

Read on....

4/4/2006 Tuesday

Go to the following web site - follow the directions (you'll have to scroll about halfway down the page to enter the terms) to create a word search based on terms on page 224 in your textbook:

Word search generator

You will turn this in on Monday. DO NOT simply print several copies of the same puzzle; I'll throw them away. EACH person must create their own!

Go to the following web sites and read the materials there. The web sites are actually from your textbook - the text printed in blue starting with page 215. Some pages have been moved, and I've updated the links - so you can just click the links on this page to take you to them.

NOTE: There are 11 web sites after the word search generator which you'll need to visit and read. Make sure you click on illustrations, and topics linked from these web sites.


St. Frances Dam

Yosemite rockfall

For this one, make sure you check out the "real time" data and links from the page.

Active Landslide

MAKE SURE you know these!!!

USGS Landslide types and processes.

This will take a while. Make sure you read it!

USGS landslide overview map and information


Landslides 101

FIU - nice synopsis

Phys Geog

Take the self quiz on this one too...

Mass Wasting

Go to the following web site - follow the directions (you'll have to scroll about halfway down the page to enter the terms) to create a word search based on terms found on the following web site:

Word search generator

You will turn this in on Thursday. DO NOT simply print several copies of the same puzzle; I'll throw them away. EACH person must create their own!

Go to the following web site and describe the 3 classifications of sedimentary rocks, how they form, and give examples of each.

Sedimentary rock

Sedimentary rocks explained with graphics

Make sure you distinguish between the sedimentary structures found here:
Georgia Perimeter College


Go to the following web site and follow the directions found there.

Sedimentary rocks forms

Go to the following web site and follow the directions found there.

Sedimentary rocks forms

You will also be coming back to this web site on Friday - but there will be more to do.

1) Finish the work from yesterday and turn it in.

2) Go to the following web sites and read the materials.

3) Describe the classification system of soil orders, and list a short description of each order.

4) What is the primary classification of soils in Indiana?

Soil Orders!

Soil Orders 2!

Read the article at the following web site:

Water quality!

What is this organization, and what is it about?


Use the link below to go to the web site for today's activities:

Sedimentary rocks!


Click on the links below to see today's lab exercise.

Don't forget the test over chapter 3 tomorrow, Tuesday 12/20/2005! Make sure you know the terms...

IF you didn't finish the last lab please complete it first - you'll find it listed below the line.

If you have tests for which you need to study, you may also do that - just keep busy, and enjoy.

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Link 1C!

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Tuesday 12/13/2005
Answer the questions on my web page using links on the JMU web site to find the answers.

Click here for today's assignment: Igneous rocks


Monday 12/12/2005

Since you had so little time to finish - or even start - last Friday's assignment due to the short schedule, scroll down to the material from Friday and finish it today. Please turn it in by the end of the period.

****IF YOU FINISH EARLY, you should go to the following web site:

UWGB web site
and read the material. Make note of the diagrams and how they are presented. Pay particular attention as to how the diagrams are set up - what do each of them describe? How is each igneous rock type determined?


Thursday 12/8/2005

Go to the following web site and answer the questions there using the links provided on that page.


Wednesday, 11/30/2005

Go to the following web site and answer the following questions.

1) Compare the value of Blue Topaz to that of amethyst.

2) What is the source of most blue topaz?

3)What effects do acids have on topaz?

4) What is the color range of topaz?

5) In what environment does Fluorite form?

6)The name "fluorite" is derived from what?

7) When can fluorite be used as a gem?

8) What are the problems associated with using fluorite as a gem?

9) In what colors does fluorite occur?

10) using the definition for a mineral, is opal a mineral?

11) explain your answer to #10.

12. In what environments is opal formed?

13. What problems do gemstones of opal have in terms of taking care of the stone? (what should be avoided?)

14. What are the 3 types of opal, and what are their differences?

15. What happens to malachite when subjected to heat?

16. What happens to malachite when exposed to acids?

17. In what environments does malachite form?

18. What is the range of colors for garnets? (List the name and color for each)

19. What is the major source of Tanzanite?

20. Compare the value of tanzanite to rubies, emeralds, and sapphires.

21. In what environment is peridot formed?

22. How long has peridot known to have been mined?

23. What happens to peeridot when it is exposed to hydrochloric acid?

24. What is the derivation and meaning of "beryl"?

25. List by name and color the various forms of Beryl.

26. What is the difference between crystalline and cryptocrystalline quartz?


Monday, 11/28/2005
Go to the following web site and complete the assignment listed.

Mineral research writing assignment

Friday 11/11/2005
I've left yesterday's assignment below todays, so if you didn't finish with yesterdays assignment just scroll to below today's assignment in order to finish it.

Go to the following web site and follow directions from there.

Mineral Identification Interactive

Thur 11/10/2005

Click on the following web site; read it, use the links to answer the questions on a separate sheet of paper, and pay attention to the photographs. This assignment is to be turned in at the end of the period.

Mineral Properties Link

1. How can minerals be identified absolutely?

2. What are the defining marks for a mineral?

3. Describe an idealized physical property.

4. (color) Why is color usually NOT a good property to use in identifying a mineral?

5. What causes color in minerals?

6. Explain how trace elements affect a mineral's color.

7. What element causes Azurite to have its blue color?

8. What is LUSTER? (Copy the examples!)

9. What is the technical term for transparency?

10. Explain the difference between transparent, translucent, and opaque.

11. (crystal systems) What is responsible for the outward shape of a crystal?

12. List and identify (describe)the 7 crystallographic systems.

13. What is cleavage?

14. How are different terms used to describe cleavage?

15. What is fracture?

16. What is hardness as related to minerals?

17. List Moh's hardness scale.

18. List the revised scale (common object hardnesses only)

19. How is specific gravity related to density?

20. What are striations?

21. What causes striations on a crystal?

Thur 10/27
I've left yesterday's assignment below, in case you didn't finish with it. Today is more review than anything.

Your test will be Monday, which will allow time to go over the material in class tomorrow.

Meanwhile, go to the following web site:


Read through each linked page from "What is a map" through "Calculating slope".

Make sure you know the terms givien - they will be on your test.

This one is from the USGS and explains Topo maps.

USGS Topomaps

This one shows map symbols and explains their use.

USGS Topo Map Symbols

Wed. 10/26

Go to the link listed below #11, then use the links on that page to answer the questions # 1 through 11 below.

1) Go to the web site below. Type in the Bedford zip code (47421) in the appropriate box, and click the "go" button.

2) Find the approximate location of BNLHS on the map, and zoom in until you find it.

3) Place the crosshair cursor over the pennant (flag) on the building, then look at the ltitude and longitude. Write it down in your notes.

4) What is the elevation of BNLHS where the top of the pennant is located? (read the contour lines.)

5) What is the vertical drop in elevation from the pennant marking BNLHS to Leatherwood creek where the old railroad crossed the creek?

6)Find Grissom Airport. What is the elevation marked where the runway "T's"?

7) What is the change in elevation over the length of the runway?

8) List at least 3 man-made features that can be found in the NorthEast 1/4 of the map when it is centered on the "X" (you center the map wherever you put the cursor and click the mouse button) where the runway T's, and when the map is zoomed in as far as possible.

9) Find BNL again - center the map on the pennant and zoom in the view all the way. In the map margins, find the drop down menu marked "fun tools". Click on it, then click on "Print my maps" and follow the directions to print this view.

10) Zoom out one time, and follow the same directions given for #9 to print the map.

11) Bring your answers and both maps to class tomorrow.



If you finish early, revisit the web sites below to review the material. You'll need it Friday on your test.

Below is material from the last time you were in the computer lab...

OK all,
You need to pay attention to what you're reading.

You MUST know how to number sections within a township 1-36, you must know how to correctly locate property within a section to the nearest 1/4 of 1/4, and be able to determine elevation using contour lines.

Turn in a paper by the end of the period with all of a township's 36 sections labeled correctly.

Use the last 2 links to find all this.

Make sure you stay busy with this - and stay on task the whole period, make it worthwhile.

If the linked page doesn't open into a new page, then put the cursor over the link, click the right button and choose "open new page" so you can have them open at the same time.

Take notes about the web site at the bottom on how to read Topographic maps. Check out the part about use of color, types of grids, etc. too.


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