Directions:

  1. Click on the Oracle ThinkQuest links under the different rock types below.
  2. Take Cornell Notes about how each type of rock is formed, and list 3 characteristics of Sedimentary, Metamorphic, and Igneous Rocks and 2 examples of Sedimentary, Metamorphic, and Igneous Rocks. (Main Ideas- Sediments, Sedimentary Rocks, Magma, Igneous Rocks, and Metamorphic Rocks)
    See Cornell Notes Example Here.
  3. Click on the ClassZone-Exploring Earth link to view animations, which show how each type of rock is formed.
  4. Visit famous rocky structures around the world.

Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks

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Oracle ThinkQuest- read about how sediments and sedimentary rocks are formed, and find examples and pictures of some common sedimentary rocks
ClassZone- Exploring Earth- view an animation that shows how sediments and sedimentary rocks are formed
Pyramid of Khufu- view a QTVR panorama of the Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt, which is made of Nummulite limestone from quarries about 200-400m south of the pyramid!
Great Sphinx- view a QTVR panorama of the Great Sphinx in Egypt, which was carved out of big blocks of limestone about 4,500 years ago!


Magma and Igneous Rocks

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Oracle ThinkQuest- read about how magma and igneous rocks are formed, and find examples and pictures of some common igneous rocks
ClassZone- Exploring Earth- view an animation that shows how magma and igneous rocks are formed
Mount Rushmore- view these interactive images of Mount Rushmore, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, which was sculpted into a mountainside of fine-grained granite rock!


Metamorphic Rocks

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Oracle ThinkQuest- read about how metamorphic rocks are formed, and find examples and pictures of some common metamorphic rocks
ClassZone- Exploring Earth- view an animation that shows how metamorphic rocks are formed
Taj Mahal- view a QTVR panorama of the Taj Mahal, a mosoleum in India that was built with beautiful white marble in 1632 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal!