NSDL teaching resources related to “feature”

This is one of the world’s largest geological web sites, with more than 200 web pages comprised of geological field guides, with hundreds of full screen color photographs of varied geological features, and with associated bibliographies. All of the field guides are for geologic locations in England. Also included is a large directory of internet sites sorted by topic. Topics range from mineral and rock types, to geologic time periods, fossils, plate tectonics, geochronology, mapping, and geologic surveys.

West's Geology Resources

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This guide introduces visitors to the glacial and postglacial geology of the White Mountain National Forest in western Maine. The discussion covers the timing of the glaciation (the Laurentide Ice Sheet, 25,000-13,000 years ago) and the numerous features left behind: erosional features such as high cliffs, grooves and striations; depositional features such as till, erratics, and glacial lake deposits; and deposits reworked by meltwater streams such as outwash, alluvial fans, and stream terraces. Permission and access information, directions, and references are included.

Glacial and Postglacial Geology Highlights in the White Mountain National Forest, Western Maine

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Bathymetry and topography are used to identify and compare glacial and volcanic features of the Sand Point area, Alaska.

Fire and Ice: Identify and compare volcanic and glacial features on land and seafloor.

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This activity (on pages 7-13) has pairs of students survey an array of similarities and differences between them. The differences survey worksheet focuses on genetically inherited physical features, such as hair colo, eye color, ear shape, and tongue folding and rolling. By tallying the whole group’s features, they will consider which features are “dominant” (occurring more often). The activity includes reflection questions to encourage writing.

Alike and Different

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Kevin Lynch was a significant contributor to city planning and city design in the twentieth century. One of Lynch’s innovations was the concept of place legibility, which is essentially the ease with which people understand the layout of a place. By introducing this idea, Lynch was able to isolate distinct features of a city, and see what specifically is making it so vibrant, and attractive to people. To understand the layout of a city, people first and foremost create a mental map.

Kevin Lynch: City Elements Create Images in Our Mind, 1960

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