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This activity introduces students to the concept of sorting materials in different mediums and the sedimentary feature called graded bedding. Students will discover that water is a good medium to separate and sort particles, and that particles behave differently in water than in air.
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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Earth scientists play a vital role in harvesting the energy resources on which we all rely. When preparing to drill for oil, for example, geoscientists must assess many aspects of a rock stratum (layer). For example, they must figure out the volume of the rock's pores, or empty spaces, as compared...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10
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Published in 2016
"Mud. It may not seem terribly exciting, and most of us even go out of our way to avoid it. But mus is actually fascinating stuff. Why? Well, for one, studying mud can help us better understand various natural processes and phenomena. For example, the sediment in a layer of mud can shed light on the...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This unit consists of 5 lessons and should take about 2 weeks to complete. It is intended for a senior (grade 11-12) marine science class. The lessons focus on how sediments are related to their source, how sediments are deposited, and how humans interact with them -, utilizing them for their...
Grade Level   11 12
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Are soils like M&Msâ„¢? Yes! Typical soil colors are red, brown, yellow, or black. These colors are often not the color of the minerals in the soil but coatings of iron oxides (Fe203, FeOOH, and so on) or organic matter on particles. The minerals beneath are often quartz or feldspar, which are...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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We usually think of caves forming as rocks are dissolved and the particles are washed away, leaving hollow spaces behind. This activity simulates the way that dissolution, a chemical weathering process, leads to the formation of caves. When precipitation such as rainwater or snowmelt mixes with...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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Students will explore samples of sand from different localities without magnification, and then examine the same sands at different magnification scales. They will also make and record observations describing what the enhanced details of the magnified images reveal about the composition, texture,...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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