In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Chapter 3: Chapter Challenge.
What Is a Mineral?, UCAR
Defines mineral. Click on the different links to find out about the different mineral types, how minerals are formed, and the physical properties of minerals.
The Formation of Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks
Igneous Rocks, Volcano World
View a slide show about igneous rocks. The lesson is part of a series of lessons called "Rocks and Minerals."
Sedimentary Rocks and Sedimentary Rock Classification, Ocean Drilling Program
Describes the major types of sedimentary rocks and the different settings in which they form.
Characteristics of Sedimentary Rocks, Dr. Michael Pidwirny, University of British Columbia Okanagan
The properties of sedimentary rocks are introduced in this illustrated section from an online textbook (Fundamentals of Physical Geography, Michael Pidwirny, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada). Key terms are linked to definitions in an accompanying glossary.
Metamorphic Rocks, USGS
Explains the processes which form metamorphic rocks, as well as the difference between foliated and non-foliated metamorphic rocks.
What Is a Geologic Fault?, Windows to the Universe
Overview of normal, reverse, and strike-slip faults.
Geology of Grand Teton National Park Wyoming, Winona State University
Describes the rocks, structures, and geologic history of the Grand Tetons.
This Dynamic Earth, USGS
Explains how Earth has been shaped by plate-tectonic processes.
Web Geologic Time Machine, University of California Berkeley
Provides links that describe events in Earth’s history from 4.5 billion years ago to the present.
Museum Exhibit Design
Museum Exhibit Design: Successful Examples of Informal Learning, Research Design Connections
Overview of the factors that contribute to successful science museum exhibits and learning.