TXESS Revolution February 2010

Google Earth workshop worksheets and kml (please do not distribute these materials, they are available in the lab manual "Encounter Earth"):
The Boulder Flatirons
Dinosaur Ridge, Colorado
Red Rocks, Colorado

Other Google Earth Resources
Designing and Creating Lessons in Google Earth (html and .pdf versions)
USGS scaled topo maps (Thanks Lee!)
Steve's Google Earth pages: links to utilities and kml files

Other Workshop Materials
Bedrock Correlation in the Cayuga Basin:.pdf .doc
Answer keys here:
key 1key 2key 3key 4

Absolute Dating With Skittles: .pdf.doc
Table and Chart needed for Skittles lab
Absolute Dating spreadsheet
And there's this, a review of a product available at Amazon
"I purchased this product 4.47 Billion Years ago and when I opened it today, it was half empty."

Paleomagnetism Lab in MSWord format (solution)
Follow-up that I do with my students:
NY Geologic X-Section "Lab".pdf
Earth History practice test for Kluge's classes (.pdf)
Absolute Dating practice test for Kluge's classes (.pdf)
Cross sections 1 and 2

Other Stuff:
Steve's Image Bank
Oh, what the Hell....here's Steve's whole web site
NY Earth Science Teacher's Listserv - (you want the ESPRIT list)- All are welcome. You might want to use an alternative email address...

Just for Fun
  • Sandwich Stratigraphy (Do not attempt this on an empty stomach)
  • Groundhog Day
  • Regarding the naming of the Grand Canyon rocks:
    Each of the rock layers that you mention derived their name from nearby canyon buttes and mesas. Specifically the Vishnu Schist was named by geologist Charles Walcott in the 1880s after Vishnu Temple, a prominent rock formation on the north side of the canyon near Cape Royale. The Brahma Schist was named by geologists Campbell and Maxson in the 1930s after Brahma Temple, a butte overlooking Bright Angel Canyon. I am not sure who named the Rama Schist (probably Campbell and Maxson), but it probably derived its name from Rama Temple, a rock spire near Vishnu Temple. All of these landmarks can be seen from the major overlooks on the South Rim.
    The logical next question is how did these mesas and buttes get their names in the first place? Many of the canyon's landmarks were named by geologist Charles Dutton who published one of the earliest (and best) detailed geologic studies of the canyon in 1882. Dutton believed that the canyon was such an important and impressive feature on the planet, that the names of its features should reflect all the world's cultures and thus he chose many names from mythologies and legends from around the world. Other examples of canyon landmarks named in this way are Wotan's Throne, Cheops Pyramid, Budda Temple, Solomon Temple, Jupiter Temple and Tower of Ra (all of these are major buttes, spires or mesas in the canyon).

    (This comes from the Yahoo Answers page, so I certainly do NOT consider this an authoritative source!)

    Steve's CV