Best Thunderbird career?
Does Jon Kailey have the best Thunderbird career? His expatriate assignments with Owens Corning have taken him to 65 countries. What is your Thunderbird story? Send details in 200 words or less to alumni@thunderbird.edu.
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Igneous Structures and Field Relationships
This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation illustrates the structural and field relationships of igneous rocks and igneous processes in pictures, cross-sections, and plan view diagrams. Topics include pyroclastic flows, explosive volcanism, flow area, columnar jointing in basalt, feeder dikes and vents, and numerous other concepts pertaining to igneous rocks. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/N
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Igneous Petrology
This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation provides an introduction to the structure of the earth in the context of the generation of igneous rocks. Slides in the presentation cover the composition of layers of the earth, P-wave and S-wave velocities through layers of the earth, pressure and heat characteristics of the earth, and regions of igneous generation within the earth. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://s
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Granitoid Rocks
This 16-slide PowerPoint presentation discusses the characteristics of granitoid rocks including geographic occurrence, rare earth elements, enclave characteristics, pressure-temperature conditions, the influence of water, and tectonic setting. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html
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Continental Alkaline Magmatism
This 32 slide PowerPoint presentation presents a list of alkaline rocks followed by an in depth look at continental alkaline magmatism of the East African Rift system. A chemical, geographic, and structural look at carbonatites follows. The presentation progresses through discussions of lamproites, lamprophyres, and kimberlites. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html
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Classification of Igneous Rocks
This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation covers classification of phaneritic igneous rocks, gabbroic rocks, ultramafic rocks, pyroclastic rocks and volcanic rocks using triangular diagrams, and classification of igneous rocks based on total alkalis vs. silica. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html
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A Classification of Metamorphic Rocks
This 24-slide PowerPoint presentation describes the classification of metamorphic rocks using texture and composition. Foliation, lineation, cleavage, schistosity, gneissose structure, hornfels, and granofels are discussed. Specific metamorphic rock types and modifying terms (porphyroblastic, spotted, augen, para-, ortho-) are defined and photographs of some are provided. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html
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Combinatorics: The Fine Art of Counting
Love math but bored in math class? This is the course for you! Combinatorics is a fascinating branch of mathematics that applies to problems ranging from card games to quantum physics to the internet. The only pre-requisite is basic algebra; however we will be covering a lot of material. A mathematically agile mind will be helpful.
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What Is the Meaning of Journalism?
Journalism, simply, is the process of compiling information and sharing that information with an audience that needs or wants that information. (01:52)
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Semi-Riemann Geometry and General Relativity
This book represents course notes for a one semester course at the undergraduate level giving an introduction to Riemannian geometry and its principal physical application, Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The background assumed is a good grounding in linear algebra and in advanced calculus, preferably in the language of differential forms. This book covers the following topics: The principal curvatures; rules of calculus; Levi-Civita Connections; bundle of frames; connections on prin
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Elementary GLOBE: Soil Treasure Hunt
A learning activity for the Scoop on Soils book in the Elementary GLOBE Series. Students will make predictions about what they think they will find in a sample of soil. They will investigate the sample and sort out the various items they find. Next they will spend time outside observing one or more sites to see what they find in the soil. After recording and sharing their observations they will create their own stories about the things they found in the soil. The purpose of the activity is to le
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COSEE Great Lakes Workshops
These asynchronous workshops focus on environmental topics related to the Great Lakes region. Subjects covered include: The solid earth system; The bedrock and formation of the Great Lakes; Life and Rocks: Current geological processes; Human impacts [vice-versa!]; and Ocean/lake deep exploration (sink holes, underwater archeology, NOAA's exploration book) studying the bottom, characteristics of the water at depth.
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Gas Particles in Motion
We are constantly being exposed to the behavior of gases. Each time we pump up a tire, blow up a balloon, use a spray can, or experience the cooling of gases as they escape from a gas storage container, we are reminded of how gases behave with changes in temperature, volume, pressure, or number of particles. In an astronomical scale, we know that star formation involves contraction of gas clouds to produce dense, high-pressure cores capable of fusion reactions. These labs will help your students
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Reading proficiency, culture: Wo in Europe spricht man Deutsch?
At the completion of this lesson you will have learned something about the countries in Europe where German is the official language. You will practice your reading skills and vocabulary on this topic.
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Rocks Unit
Picking up, examining and collecting rocks can be the first steps in moving children toward an appreciation of geology and the “bones” of the Earth. Children can find a wide variety of rocks in many places, from the school yard to parks and driveways at home. Even very young children enjoy picking up rocks, lining them up, choosing “favorite” ones, pouring water over them to make them shiny and even painting them as gifts for adults. By letting children handle and observe rocks you give
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California as a Region, Guest Lecture from the course World Regions, Peoples, and States
This course will provide a framework for recognizing and analyzing the major distinctive regions of the world in comparative context. The most important interrelations between environment, economy, ethnicity, and the national identity and viability of states will be explored.
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Exploring pumpkins
This lesson will allow students to use a variety of methods to explore pumpkins.
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Haymarket Martyr Albert Parsons's Last Words to His Wife
The Chicago radicals convicted of the infamous May 4, 1886 Haymarket Square bombing in which one policeman was killed remained openly defiant to the end. In his final letter to his wife, written August 20, 1886 from the Cook County "Bastille" (jail), convicted Haymarket bombing participant Albert R. Parsons, an Alabama-born printer, admitted that the verdict would cheer "the hearts of tyrants," but still optimistically predicted that "our doom to death is the handwriting on the wall, foretelling
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Camella Teoli Testifies about the 1912 Lawrence Textile Strike
When 30,000 largely immigrant workers walked out of the Lawrence, Massachusetts, textile mills in January 1912, they launched one of the epic confrontations between capital and labor. The strike began in part because of unsafe working conditions in the mills, which were described in graphic detail in the testimony that fourteen-year-old millworker Camella Teoli delivered before a U.S. Congressional hearing in March 1912. Her testimony (a portion of which was included here) about losing her hair
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The Color of Soil
This USDA soil-conservation education site has a variety of educational resources related to soil science. Users can follow links to soil facts, resources, organizations and professional development. Information on this site can be adapted for use in college geoscience classes, particularly the wide variety of photos and the GLOBE soil analysis protocols.
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