of Earth Science |Northeastern
TO EARTH SCIENCE
(Due Tuesday, October
This “Rock Your State!” assignment involves finding a geologic point of
interest in the state you have been studying, and providing information
about it in a poster presentation format. Your poster should include the
- Name of your state
- Name of the geologic point of interest
- Your geologic map of the state (this is the map you
printed out several weeks ago)
- Information on the geologic point of interest:
- LOCATION: Plot the location of the
geologic point of interest on the geologic map
- GEOLOGICAL INTEREST: What makes it so geologically
interesting? What geologic material (i.e. what type of rocks, sediments, e.g.)
can be found there? You may have to read several descriptions of the point of
interest, as well as your map, to learn the answer to this. Note: You must cite
your sources! Do not plagiarize—put the information into your own words.
- PHOTO: Provide at least one photograph illustrating the
geology of the point of interest. Cite the source!
- GETTING THERE: If you were going to visit that location,
how would you get there?
- If it would take more than eight hours to drive from
NEIU to the point of interest, then give us another travel option. You might
consider train (e.g. Amtrak:
www.amtrak.com ), bus (e.g. Greyhound:
www.greyhound.com ), or plane (for example, you might want to look at
specific airlines, or to try a multiple-airline site like
- Many remote locations don’t have a major
airport or train station nearby, so you might have to just choose
the nearest big city, and figure on renting a car there.
Here is a map showing major airports;
select your region on the dropdown menu for "View by Region" and
click the arrow to have it zoom in on your region.
Poster format: Printed text
that appears on the poster must be 36 point or larger; the exception is your
citations to sources. You can use
sheets provided in class (print out materials and tape them to the poster
sheet) or your own poster. You may come early that day
to put together your poster if you wish, but posters must be ready to go at the
moment class begins. You will not be permitted to construct your poster during
What happens next? During our class
session, part of the class will stand next to their posters while other students
circulate. Presenters will explain to viewers why they chose their sites, what
kind of geologic materials can be found there, and what makes the sites
geologically interesting. Then, we will switch presenter/viewer roles.
This assignment is worth 12 points total.
Copyright 2009 Laura L. Sanders. Last updated October 20, 2009.