NSDL teaching resources related to “formation”

These lecture notes describe the general properties of our planetary system and those around other stars and how these are explained in models for star formation.

Planetary Systems: Ours and Others

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This reference describes the relationship between reef formation and sea level, how it can be used to detect ancient changes in sea level, and how it might be used to predict the results of future increases in sea level. Topics include the coral environment, how reefs respond to changes in sea level, and how limestone forms. There is also an activity in which students use maps of present and past shorelines, bathymetry, and reef locations to predict where Florida’s reefs might form in the future.

What Can Florida's Reefs and Limestone Tell Us About Sea Level Change?

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This site contains 20 questions on the topic of deserts and wind, which covers dunes, desert location and formation, and particle transportation. This is part of the Principles of Earth Science course at the University of South Dakota. Users submit their answers and are provided immediate feedback.

Deserts and Wind

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This resource is a manual for instructing a laboratory exercise in plant reproductive biology. Students observe pollen tube growth in the presence of various chemicals, chosen such that the lab also provides a strong demonstration of the cellular flow of genetic information. This lab exercise is suitable for courses in plant biology and reproductive biology, and the focus can easily adapted to make it suitable for cellular and molecular biology courses.

Pollen Tube Formation and the Central Dogma of Biology

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This article from the Australian Telescope National Facility describes the death of massive stars. It discusses the formation and characteristics of supernovae, hypernovae, neutron stars/pulsars, and black holes. The article includes an animated diagram showing how the pulsar beam is observed from Earth.

The Death of Stars II: High Mass Stars

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This brief summary provides an overview of the creation, abandonment, and reclamation of stone walls in New England. Topics include the creation of matter and elements; the formation and erosion of rock to make stones; the harvesting and stacking of stones by humans to form the walls; and subsequent abandonment and reclamation by our modern culture.

History of Stone Walls

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Students learn about the formation of craters and their structure, exploring the effects of mass, velocity and size on the resulting crater. The parts of a crater are also identified.

Creating Craters

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Mineral resources are discussed as a non-renewable resource focusing primarily on copper, gold and silver. Topics include formation of minerals, steps in discovering and mining mineral deposits, processing minerals, mining and the environment, longtime future for scarce minerals, mineral conservation, and a bibliography.

Nonrenewable Resources: Minerals

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Visitors can access information on the geology of the Mojave National Preserve in California. Features include a field trip describing areas of interest at the preserve, as well as a geologic time scale describing the history and development of the area. There are discussions of the formation and history of the present day playa lakes, the underlying Paleozoic limestone and dolomite, and the formation of Mitchell Caverns.

Geology Fieldnotes: Mojave National Preserve, California

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This biography is one in a series describing the career of physiologists. Hector Rasgado-Flores does research on how muscle cells change when you move your arm.

Meet a Physiologist: Who is Hector Rasgado-Flores?

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