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Tumuli and tubes: Teaching scientific techniquesPlanetary and space science is the best way to teach basic chemistry, physics, and math. Einstein once said that 'man is drawn to the mysterious and it is from that that we achieve true art and science.' Planets and the processes that shape them are especially mysterious and fascinating to students, young and old, and because of this planetary geology kindles interest that draws them further into the world of science. At the very least, they are engaged enough to learn how science works, a key ingredient in scientific literacy. A project involving field measurements on Kilauea volcano, Hawaii, by a Geology 101 honors class is described. Hawaii is blessed with spectacular, active, accessible, and relatively safe basaltic eruptions. The study of volcanoes, the landforms they produce, and the processes that operate on and in volcanoes, combined with the study of volcanoes on the other planets, is an excellent way to link aspects of Hawaiian geology to the planets. During the past year we have taken advantage of our setting to organize a NASA field workshop for junior investigators and senior graduate students, made field trips and planetary volcanism the centerpieces of our annual Summer Workshop for Teachers, and led a field trip around Kilauea Volcano during the Challenger Center Faculty Development conference, held on the island of Hawaii last summer. An activity for the honors Geology 101 class (all undergraduates) at the University of Hawaii is presently being planned. Our goal is to give them some hands on experience working on a field project and applying what they have learned to planetary volcanoes. The work will include qualitative observations and quantitative measurements on volcanic lava flows. Follow-up activities will involve data analysis. The trip requires planning (at least 3 months before hand) everything from accommodations and insurance to the actual activities we will be doing. Our goal is to stimulate interest and awareness in the students' surroundings, in this case, volcanoes, and to include planetary applications and how studies of terrestrial geology greatly aids studies of the other planets. Two studies are planned both of which are active research projects being conducted by the authors. These projects, tumuli in pahoehoe flow fileds and lava tube cross-secational areas, are described.
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Conference Paper
Tatsumura, Michelle J. (Hawaii Univ. Honolulu, HI, United States)
Taylor, G. J. (Hawaii Univ. Honolulu, HI, United States)
Mouginis-Mark, P. J. (Hawaii Univ. Honolulu, HI, United States)
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September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
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Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Twenty-Fourth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Part 3: N-Z
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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