Story View : Science Classroom #2

11 Jan


Assignment : Dig through Google Maps Street View to find an interesting setting for your story. Let your imagination go wild and tell the story of what occurred in that space. Relate that story to a specific time in Geological History, How did it occur? What are some hypothesis for this creation. What are some rocks that exist in that area, and what are some famous formations.

Rock Types Found on Main Trail

  • Igneous
    • None
  • Metamorphic
    • Dolomitic marble
    • Schistose marble
    • Gneiss
  • Sedimentary
    • None
Rock Units

  • Stockbridge marble
  • Basal Marble Member of Wallomsac Schist
Minerals of Interest

  • Garnets
Interesting Geologic Features

  • Waterfall
  • Potholes

The most obvious feature at Kent Falls is, of course, the falls. Actually, they are a series of falls and cascades. Multiple falls and cascades, such as these, generally form where the bedrock contains alternating hard and soft layers. This part of Connecticut was once made of coral reefs, offshore from the northwestern part of the state. As the Iapetos Ocean closed when Europe and Africa moved our way, these reefs were squeezed and buried under other rock. With increasing heat and pressure, the minerals in these rocks recrystallized, and the former coral reefs turned to marble. Sand and mud around the reefs formed the impurities in the marble that cause some layers to be more resistant to the effects of the flowing water.


3 Responses to “Story View : Science Classroom #2”

  1. Prof. Michael Smith January 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    amusid I love the idea of using the google street view data to talk about various geological attributes of the area in question. The image you inserted in your post though isn’t a street view image actually, it’s a user submitted image to google’s database and appears on the map. These images are great as they are one’s people can put on a map where the google street car cannot drive. Either type of image is useful I’m just encouraging you to see the difference.

    And to use a street view image, you would have to use a screen capture tool to create a JPG and post. Also I think it’s useful to prove the map link as well, so someone could visit the place themselves on G Maps. Here’s a spot I found on a road through Pike National Forest in Colorado.

    And there are even embed codes for google map street views, so if you were using a blog, you could embed the iframe. See if you can do that for Kent Falls or another location.

    • amusid January 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      I see what you are talking about Pro. However, I tried doing what you said, but I was unable to, Can you show me how to do this tomorrow in class?

  2. sukhpreet January 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    I love the idea of this assignment.

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