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Geologic Resources of Iowa for Teachers    

Course flyer -  Click here  ;   Syllabus -  Spring 2021

Presentation viewing links - These links will take you to Zoom recordings for each session if you are not able to participate live/inperson.

Session 1 (March 9, 2021)   Zoom Recording (whole session) , Rock cycle video with Energy, Offline  Tuesday -  Background presentation Plate Tectonics (March 16)  

Session 2 (March 23, 2021) Zoom Recording (whole session)  

Session 3 (April 6, 2021)   Zoom Recording (whole session)  

Session 4 (April 20, 2021)  Zoom Recording (whole session) Offline prep for general knowledge and next session prep  Panopto - Exploring resources from the Iowa Geological Survey,   Panopto,  Discusion of Igneous rocks then two activities I usefor students to apply their developing knowledge and practice effective scientific communication Slide deck for Ig. Rocksand Communication Activities      

Session 5 (May 4, 2021) Zoom Recording (1st half finishing mineral and rock resources )  , I forgot to record the 2nd half Iowa's Surficial Geology - The Quaternary, but here is another version of that presentation.   

Lecture slides

Session 1 - Part 1 History and the Importance of Geology in Iowa PDF slides ( Powerpoint )

Session 1 - Part 2 Geology Concepts, Principles and Tools PDF slides ( Powerpoint )

Session 2 - Iowa's Bedrock / Geoloigic History PDF slides ( Powerpoint 

Session 3- Iowa's Minerals and Rocks   Slides (PDF) / ( Powerpoint )

Session 4- Economic Geology in Iowa Slides (PDF) / ( Powerpoint )

Session 5 - Iowa's Quaternary Geology slides ( PDF)  

Homework (HW) - Try to upload your homework to the shared google drive folders, if that does not work send them to my e-mail , if you cannot make that deadline, just let me know, I know you are all busy, but try to stay up to date

Session 1 - PreTest HW - Due on or before March 21, 5pm (Click here for PDF)

Session 2 - Homework #1 Due on or before April 5th,2021, based on content from session 1 and 2 (Click here for PDF

Session 3 None

 Session 4-  Homework #2 Identify your handsamples,(Same but in PDF )      Handouts =  Mineral ID  and Rock ID, Ideally due on or before May 4. 

Session 5 - Homework #3 Due anytime the week before July 12/before our workshop, same in PDF       


Plate tectonics

Blog series about our developing understanding of plate tectonics, interesting

NY Times - Animated Pangea Video

Evolution and deep time

Science, Evolution and Creationism (National Academy of Sciences)

Here is another link for helping people understand the accuracy of radiometric dating

One of my favorite podcasts, that outlines my personal outlook on science and religion, Link to the Krista Tippett interview of Xavier Le Pichon You can download the podcast here


National Center for Science Education (NCSE) - Defedning the Teaching of Evolution and Climate Science

Iowa Geological Survey

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Climate Change 2013 - The Physical Science Basis)

Earth Science Literacy

This website is excellent too, please check it out !!!

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