14 Geology science fair projects

This science fair project was performed to observe soil liquefaction in different types of soil. The testing was done using 3 types of soil - sand, clay and...
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This science fair project was performed to measure the movement of fossils in soil subject to earthquake tremors. The experiment was done by exposing fossil bones to different levels of...
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Soil is one of our most precious natural resources, as it integrates all parts of the ecosystem. It provides a medium for plant growth so that we can have food, clothing, and other materials. Soil filters water, decomposes waste, stores heat, and exchanges gases. Soil is alive- it is the home to billions of micro- and macroscopic organisms. It is a material used for construction, medicine, and art. It...
Featured science project Advanced 7
You may wish to do this demonstration outside. This apparatus will use air pressure to propel tephra (sand) into the air. A fan disperses the tephra downwind where it accumulates to form a cinder cone. Visibility of the tephra is enhanced if a white sheet or cardboard is used as a backdrop and drop cloth....
Advanced 7
The apparatus consists of a heavy object that is dragged steadily with an elastic cord. Although pulled with a constant velocity, the heavy object repeatedly slides and then stops. A small vibration sensor, attached to a computer display, graphically monitors this intermittent motion....
Advanced 7
A landslide inventory of the Touchet subbasin of the Walla Walla River Watershed was completed in 2002 by the WDNR. Using a combination of 1:24,000 scale orthophotos from 1996 and aerial photographs, nearly 250 possible landslides were located in the total 93 km2 (234 were accessed by road or trail; gates, road closures, or other obstacles prevented ground-truthing of the remaining 15 or so). The sites...
Advanced 7
This model is easy to demonstrate and very useful in relating hazards associated with lava flows (or mud flows). However, this model costs more and requires you to order a plastic three-dimensional map....
Intermediate 4
Soils are made of particles of different types and sizes. The space between particles is called pore space. Pore space determines the amount of water that a given volume of soil can hold. Porosity is the percentage of the total volume of soil that consists of pore space. This is an important measurement in areas where drinking water is provided by groundwater...
Beginner 1
Though scientists have found many, many fossils, they are not all that common. It takes very special conditions for fossils to form. Here's how you can make a modern day fossil....
Beginner 1
When rocks are worn down by water, wind, or other means, that is weathering. Soil is made up of weathered rock particles, so without weathering, there would be no soil. Try the following activities to see how rocks can...
Beginner 1
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