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ERIC Number: ED510822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 223
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Planetary Geology: A Teacher's Guide with Activities in Physical and Earth Sciences
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Science education is an integral part of scientific endeavors. When the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was created by an act of Congress in 1958, its charter required the agency to "...provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information concerning its activities and the results thereof." Part of that responsibility includes introducing students to the scientific results of planetary exploration. This volume is designed to help meet this goal. The activities are written either to supplement or to introduce topics usually encountered in earth science courses. The exercises are grouped into five units: (1) introduction to geologic processes; (2) impact cratering activities; (3) planetary atmospheres, (4) planetary surfaces, and (5) geologic mapping. Although each exercise is intended to "stand alone," students will benefit from having worked some of the prior exercises. For example, it would be difficult for students to work exercises in planetary geologic mapping without some knowledge of geologic processes and planetary surfaces. The suggested introductory exercises are noted at the beginning of each exercise. Depending on the instructor, activities can be adapted to most levels of instruction by modifying the questions and adjusting the expectations for answers. A list of suggested correlations of activities with topics commonly covered in earth science courses is included for the convenience of the instructor. (Contains 91 figures.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)