Monday, 17 August 2020

Weathering of rocks in a desert environment

'Cracking apart; simulating the weathering of rocks in a desert environment'  (This is an ELI+ activity because it requires the use of a Bunsen burner)

In this activity, small chips of granite and other rocks are heated in a Bunsen flame and then rapidly cooled in water. This is repeated to investigate the rate at
which they ‘weather’ by breaking apart.

Weathering may be studied in a science lesson in the context of the physical processes involved or when considering landscape development in a geography lesson. Many activities about all types of weathering can be found on the website.

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