156 Earth Science Labs

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Flooding In Virginia
Students will evaluate a flooding event in Virginia using stream discharge data and a topographic map.

Earth History Timeline
This activity has students create a timeline using 6 meters of cash register ticker tape. They will lightly color the 4 eras, label important events, and tape or paste index fossils from the New York earth science reference tables.

The Story That Rocks Can Tell
By using prior knowledge of sedimentary rock formation and the agents of erosion and deposition, students use a set of rock samples and the principle of superposition to make observations and inferences. This data is then used to write a story.

Travel Past Inc.
Students will study a set of 8 fossils and determine their time-lines and specific ages. They will also consider the bedrock and glacial history of the area and weave a coherent story for the finding of the set of fossils.

White Plains MetARs
Students examine a 'one week' MetAR to find trends in temperature and pressure over the course of one week in October.

Hurricane Ivan
Students examine, interpret, and map several days of NOAA hurricane advisories.

Climate Controls
Climate is an area's average atmospheric energy (in terms of temperature and precipitation). The energy comes from the sun and water vapor. Students determine what causes different climates in different areas of the world.

The Effect Of Bedrock On Acid Rain
Students test the pH of samples of "acid rain" before and after different kinds of rock are placed in them. Students locate these rocks in NYS and determine the landscape regions most adversely affected by acid precipitation.

Stressful Situations
Using common sandwich components, students work hands on to come up with their own personal ways of demonstrating faults types, stress, mountain formation, etc. Can also be modified for erosion, glacial activity, demonstration of original horizontally.

Seismic Activity
Shoe boxes are filled with various materials which simulate Earth's surfaces. Dropping rocks on the boxes triggers a 'wave' that can be recorded by sliding paper up against a marker that is attached to the box.


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