the Lay of the Land
suggested grade levels: 9-12
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Encourage your students to use the historical geography section of the Digital Atlas of Idaho. For explanations on the landscape shaping processes use the following places in the Digital Atlas of Idaho. Click on Atlas Home, mouse-over Geology, then click on Earthquakes, Parks and Monuments, and Glaciers. Click on Atlas Home, mouse-over Hydrology, then click on Lake Bonneville Flood and Ground & Surface Water Concepts.
Have your students select 5 pictures, either from the main map or they can scroll down and select from the archive listing. Teachers can also assign particular pictures to students if desired. Have your students describe what they are looking at and describe what they think the main influences were in creating the landscape (flooding, volcanic flows, rain, etc). Encourage your students to state why they came to the conclusions that they did. Point out that there can be more than one answer.
These are links to access the handouts and printable materials.
Earthquakes | Parks and Monuments | Glaciers | Lake Bonneville Flood | Ground & Surface Water Concepts
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