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Dynamic Models in Earth-Science Instruction

By: WH Yoxall

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jul 2011 | #194017 | ISBN-13: 9780521158411
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First published in 1983, this book describes the construction and in-laboratory use of basic earth-science equipment, including the flume, rainfall simulator, wind tunnel and wave generator. It is emphasised throughout that the equipment should be capable of a high level of control so that experiments can be planned and replicated. The aim of the book is to facilitate the laboratory study of landform processes in courses associated with geomorphology, geology, physical geography and earth science in general. The book contains details of a number of experiments using each type of simulator, and these are described in detail on a formal objective-procedure-conclusion basis, each conclusion being repeated using a 'systems analysis' approach to key attributes. This book will be invaluable to instructions at universities, colleges and secondary schools who teach earth science, geology, physical geography and geomorphology, and to students training to be teachers in these subjects.



1. Models
2. The educational aspects
3. Validity of demonstration models
4. General equipment and controls
5. The rainfall simulator in demonstration
6. The rainfall simulator in analogue modelling
7. The flume in instructional contexts
8. Experiments with the flume
9. The wave tank
10. The wind tunnel
11. Plastic deformation models
12. Field models


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