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A Fossil Hunt Tells the Age of Sediments
In this activity, students will identify an assemblage of fossils, determine their age, evaluate the fossil population, and make some inferences about the ancient environment in which they existed. The discovery aspect...
Crystal Growth by Evaporation
This activity introduces students to the idea that crystals 'grow' (crystallize or precipitate) and that minerals or rocks also form this way, providing a very general idea of the nature of magma (molten material that...
Covellite or Chalcocite?
In this activity, students will be introduced to the concept of mineral stoichiometrics (ratios of atoms in a compound) by performing a chemical reaction between copper and sulfur, which can result in either covellite...
USGS Science Topics
This topical directory provides an alternate way to browse United States Geological Survey (USGS) science programs and activities. It is not an exhaustive list of all USGS science topics but provides a categorization...
Floodplain Development Investigation
This investigation involves using spatial thinking and intermediate to advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills to investigate suburban sprawl in detail, looking at land use decisions made in a rapidly...
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