Alaska is one of the most geologically diverse states in the country, characterized by unique glacially formed rock layers and some of the tallest mountains on the continent. Professional geologists, instructors, and geology students may find this interactive geologic map, published by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), useful for navigating the complex geology of this remote U.S. state. There are several options for navigating this resource. Visitors can use the search bar to query specific locations, then click on the map for detailed data about the setting and lithography. Users can also scroll and zoom on the map itself to explore color-coded formations. The table of contents, found in the upper right corner of the map, allows for customization of features such as faults, geologic lines, or geologic units, or toggling between topographic maps and shaded reliefs. Users can also click the links in the left corner above the map for access to documentation and data files. There is a learning curve to use the map, and basic knowledge of geology may be helpful for interpreting results.
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These interactive learning objects focus on concepts that cover a broad-based electromechanical program. The majority of these objects have been created for electronics, but during the next three years (until 2008), at least 300 more objects will be built that will focus on other topic areas such as hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical design, and process control (see complete list on the left side of this page). Instructors from Fox Valley Technical College and other colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System are creating these objects. FVTC has partnered with four other colleges throughout the United States that will be contributing to this repository. The effectiveness of learning objects was demonstrated in an evaluation conducted at FVTC during the 2004-2005 academic year. A brief summary of the evaluation can be read by clicking on the Assessment button on this Home Page. These objects can also be found on the Wisc-Online digital library at www.wisconline.org. Learning objects are available to be used at no cost by teachers and students worldwide via the Internet.
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