7 August 2014

A selection of “Canadian Rockies” field course final projects

Posted by Callan Bentley

I’ve got some student work to share with you today. Like yesterday’s guest post on deltas growing into Canadian Rockies glacial lakes, my Rockies students are turning in their final projects – digital products that aim to serve the world at large by introducing key places in the Canadian Rockies to a wider audience. The idea is to go from outcrop-scale observations to the larger context, to tell the interpretive story of the Canadian Rockies through the context of key places we visited on the trip.

Marissa D. found the Frank Slide to be an impressive place. She made this Tumblr to delineate its geology.

Zack S. made this Google Earth tour of the Crypt Lake trail. Zack offers the following instructions:

  • Save the KMZ file to your computer.
  • Open Google Earth.
  • Double-click the KMZ file to place the tour folder into Google Earth.
  • Please hide all “layers” except for the “borders and labels” layer.
  • Please hide all other “places” besides the tour folder.
  • Click the “play tour” button below the “places” box.
  • Pause the automated movement of the tour at each stop.
  • Click the alphabetized marker at each stop (each stop has only one associated marker).
  • When you are done with a particular marker, close the pop-up box and un-pause the tour.
  • I have provided an online playlist of ambient music to add to the tour as well. I highly recommend using it, as it adds to the atmosphere of the tour. Just click here, http://8tracks.com/anon-1089753594/tour-ambiance, and hit the “play” button.

Jeffrey R. also focused on Crypt Lake. He made a website to explain it.

Sean B. was entranced by the outcrop of Bison Creek Formation with distinctive tension gashes. So he made this Prezi to explain it.

Davis M. also picked the Bison Creek Formation outcrop, but for him it was one of three examples of places where we observed tension gashes on the trip. Check out his tension-gash-themed website to explore them.

Soo L. looked at the evidence of last year’s flooding in Canmore, with some bonus time up on the lakes west of the Icefields Parkway. She made a Tumblr, too – so start at the bottom.

There will be more to come in the coming days (as feedback and edits are incorporated), but consider this a little taste of some of the most prime-time-ready projects.