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In this exercise students map a trail and geologic outcrops along that trail using stride and compass and a GPS unit, and combine this data with other spatial data in GIS software. Students use the traverse method of surveying. Learning objectives include: Students will develop observational skills in recognizing bedrock outcrops. Students will learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to map geologic features. Students will gain expertise with recording waypoints with the GPS unit. Students will gain expertise with translating tape-compass points into the UTM reference frame. Students will gain facility with inputting data into GIS software. Students will learn how retrieve free spatial data online. Students will learn how to manage and combine spatial data in a computer-based mapping environment. Students will develop skills in creating custom digital maps.
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