So many people love geology and don’t even know it. Screen savers, inspirational posters and advertisements all often have images of geology. In addition, all of our national parks have been chosen due to their spectacular geological features. Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountain National Park are all locations with a variety of unique geological origins. The topics range from volcanoes, to glaciers; and from fossils to minerals. All of these topics are interesting and relatable to all ages of learners.
While teaching geology, I try to demonstrate the diversity of geological forces that shape this planet; and therefore, try to spark the interest in students to visit such amazing locations.
Most recently for me, the location of Ecuador, has displayed a new appreciation for the field of geology. The picture included with this blog is of the Stratovolcano, Cotopaxi. This volcano is an amazing location for hiking, photography as well as geological and ecological discovery. When traveling there be sure to be prepared for hiking at an elevation of at least 13,000 feet. If you hike to the top, you will reach 19,000 feet above sea level! Inside the visitor’s center, informed local guides will teach you about the large number of volcanoes in the vicinity and their eruption histories. Fun fact: there are over 90 volcanoes in the country of Ecuador alone.
Teaching geology is an amazing adventure. Please visit my store at TpT, Midnight Star, for many geologic activities and projects. There you will find topographic map activities and worksheets, geologic location bucket list activities, as well as dinosaur projects. The majority of projects are geared towards the high school level, however, you will also find some middle school and elementary activities as well.
Do you love nature, the natural sciences, sparking a love of learning? Then join me as we inspire the next generation of geologists.