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Have you ever thought about how the rocks in your driveway formed? Or the sand on your beach? How about the diamond in a ring or the charcoal in a grill?

All earthen material is subject to forces that impact its properties, from where we find it, how its structure is made and how it behaves under external pressures. Rocks are defined as any inorganic material found in the natural world (meaning not living material). There are 3 types of rock, and where and how they form is important in their classifications. They are subject to geological processes as well as surface processes.

We can explore this through the rock cycle and the processes that impact that natural phenomenon. Much like the water cycle and the vascular system in animals, we will see how materials are ever-changing and moving, through weathering, erosion and deposition. Much like you see in the image above, these processes dramatically change our world.


This resource was created as part of the LIBS 603 Online Resources for Teaching course at Old Dominion University as part of the Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree.

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Harrison, J. (2023). How Rocks Rock: The Processes that Shape Our World [Lesson Plan; Open Educational Resource]. 31 pp.

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