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This group research project serves as the focus for our introductory Earth Systems Science classes. Each of four to six lab sections of 15-25 students collect discharge, sediment load, and water chemistry data from a different site along a local river, and compare their data to that collected in previous years and at other sites along the river. The project incorporates topographic map reading and graphing as well as collecting and analyzing data, and presenting the results in oral and written form. Labs on rocks and minerals use samples from the project area to encourage students to make connections between the solid Earth and surface processes. Each component of the Florida River Project is described below, with a link to the activity sheet and related files. Topographic Maps: Integrated Florida River project Florida River Project: Minerals in the field Florida River Project: Sedimentary and metamorphic rocks lab Florida River Project: Plotting discharge data Plotting Florida River Data Using Excel Florida River Project: Measuring discharge, sediment, and water chemistry
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