2005 Salt Lake City Annual Meeting (October 16–19, 2005)

Paper No. 6
Presentation Time: 1:30 PM-5:30 PM


BOYACK, Diana1, LINK, Paul K.2, DEGREY, Laura2, AMES, Dan2 and KHAN, Shuhab3, (1)Department of Geosciences, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID 83209, (2)Geosciences, Idaho State Univ, Campus Box 8072, Pocatello, ID 83209, (3)Geosciences, Univ of Houston, 312 S & R Bldg 1, Houston, TX 77204, boyadian@isu.edu

An NSF Geosciences Education Grant is funding the creation of an upper-division undergraduate Idaho Geology web course utilizing GIS software to create 3-D visualizations to highlight various geologic regions for the state of Idaho by draping geologic maps over digital elevation models. The “Digital Atlas of Idaho” website (http://imnh.isu.edu/digitalatlas) is used as a basic geology primer and cross linked with the Idaho Geology web site (http://geology.isu.edu/nsf-isugeol/) as well as the 3-D flythrough visualizations, and web based exercises for lower division geology and geography laboratories. Class surveys and web page counters are utilized as a means of evaluating the effectiveness of web teaching. A new GIS-based geologic map of Idaho at 1:500,000 is being compiled by Link and Reed Lewis of the Idaho Geological Survey.

The following topics will be covered in the upper division Idaho Geology web class: 1. Idaho basement: Teton, Albion and Pioneer Ranges, 2. Mesoproterozoic Belt Supergroup; 3. Idaho's Mining Wealth: Silver Valley; 4. Accreted Terranes, Western Idaho Suture Zone and Hells Canyon; 5. Mesozoic Idaho Batholith; 6. Challis Magmatic Episode and Trans-Challis Mineralization; 7. Cordilleran passive margin and thrust belt; 8. Neogene Snake River Plain-Yellowstone Volcanic Province; 9. Columbia River Basalt Province; 10. Basin and Range Province; 11. Snake River Plain Aquifer; 12. Pleistocene Mountain Glaciation; 13. Palouse Landscape and Post-glacial Climate Change; 14. Lake Missoula Floods; 15. Lake Bonneville Flood.