The exercises can be done individually or in groups of students (your instructor will determine the preferred method). The average time to complete the exercises is about 1.5 to 2 hours. You may stop at any time and return to the exercises at another time. All of your work is recorded in the text written by you in the field notebook document and nothing is saved by the software.    
The field notebook is an essential tool of a field geologist and forms a central part of this exercise. A copy of the notebook can be downloaded as a PDF file. Save the PDF to your local hard drive before you begin filling it out! The notebook contains specific questions and space for comments and descriptions that are keyed to your progress through the exercises.
There are 10 tasks to complete in this exercise. Each task is marked with a field notebook icon and number.      
Most pages of this website contain a table of contents column on the left-hand side showing the overall layout of the module and links to the major components. Some pages have a video narration with instructions, just click on the video or 'View Video' button to view it.
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