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#Mineral Deposits of the Midcontinent Rift System | @USGS Geonarrative | #geology #StoryMaps

A Geonarrative by the US Geologic Survey using ESRI's StoryMaps platform. About 1.1 billion years ago tectonic forces were ripping the Noeth American continent in half--for a modern analog think East African rift zone. The rift process failed but not before a wealth of metallic mineral deposits--nickel, native copper, copper sulfide, silver, uraniun, iron oxide, cobalt, ...--were empced along the northern section of the rift zone.

This Geonarrative intoduces the MidContinent Rift System (MRS), describes both magmatic and hydrothernal deposits associated with it, introduces a new MRS geologic database, and offers additional resources.

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h/t StoryMaps - a brave new tool for geoscience outeach, @AZGeology 


What Are You Flying Over? This #Geoscience #MobileApp Will Tell You | @SmithsonianMag

An article describing the start and functions of the Univerity of Minnesota's Flyover Country app. Using GPS, offline geologic maps and interactive points of interests reveal the locations of paleontological and georeferenced Wikipedia articles from your airplane window seat, vehichle or trail. The app was developed by a UMD geology student.

Drawn to Geoscience: Pluto and the Dwarfs | The Plainspoken Scientist | @theAGU | #pluto #comic #scicomm

Comics drawn (and the process explained) by JoAnna Wendel for AGU's magazine Eos. The comic is based on an article, “Six Things Dwarf Planets Have Taught Us About the Solar System,”

Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin is a Jurassic classroom

An announcement for a talk by Cliff Manuel on the geologic history and paleo discoveries of the Bighorn Basin. The announcement includes commentary about the basin by Michael Brett-Surman, images and the Geoscience Adventure Program.

Introductory GeoScience Video Collection | YouTube | #OER

A collection of twenty short (~6 minutes) content-oriented videos that two geoscience education researchers from NCSU have produced to support introductory geoscience courses. The videos focus on relatively basic concepts that students should be able to grasp on their own and are supported by short content quizzes for each video topic and other related information, posted on their GeoScience Videos blog at The intended use of the videos are to support pre-class assignments to provide more time in class to focus on more challenging concepts. The blog also contains information for those instructors who are interested in joining a research community to investigate how these types of resources impact instruction and/or student learning. This Open Education Geoscience Resource project was supported by a National Science Foundation grant and is licensed CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.