PART 1: WEATHERING

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PART 1: WEATHERING
Research:
Weathering: the process of breaking down rocks.
Two types:
Physical: breakdown of rock into smaller pieces by mechanical methods,
such as by wind, water or ice.
Chemical: the decomposition of rock by the chemical breakdown of
minerals. Examples include: when a rock is dissolved by water or when
oxygen reacts with iron in a rock to form rust.
Activity:
1. Using the pencil sharpener, shave the crayons your teacher has left for your
group (4-6 crayons) into shavings. Put the fragments by color into separate piles
on wax paper. You are “weathering” rock material.
2. Save for part 2 and answer discussion questions.
Discussion Questions (answer in complete sentences):
1. Are all weathered rock fragments in your pile the same size? _____ Why or why
not? _____________________________________________________
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2. What have you observed about rock fragments in nature? ____________
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3. Where do rock fragments tend to collect? ___________________________
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4. How do rocks get smaller in size? ________________________________
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5. How might ice be an agent of weathering? ________________________
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How about a tree root? _________________________________________
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6. Does mechanical weathering differ from chemical weathering? __________
7. Which type of process does this activity represent? ___________________
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