Investigating Rock Types

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
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5 6 7 8 9
Organization:American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG); American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW)
Publication Date:2018
Summary:In any science, it is important to accurately and understandably describe your observations for others. Whether for advancing research or informing the public, communicating your work is critical. For geologists, this comes down to describing rocks' colors, patterns, shapes, and other features. These features may reveal evidence about the past, clues to their sustainability for a construction project, or signs of valuable natural resources hidden within them. For example, when you travel around your community, observe the various buildings and other structures. How many are made from rocks or materials that come from rocks?
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A
Subjects: 6-8; aapg; agi; earth science; earth science week; geology; geoscience; middle school; mineral resources; minerals; natural resources; rocks
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