Rockology 101

Welcome to class! This is a place for students of all ages to learn about Rogers Group operations and products or just have a little fun!

Rockology 101: Learning
Rockology 101: Fun Facts
Rockology 101: Activities
Activity: Properties of Stone
Activity: Homemade Stones
Activity: Cookie Mining
Activity: A Tasty Core Sample
Activity: Making a Quarry Shot
Activity: Sedimentary Rock
Activity: Metamorphic Rock
Activity: Igneous Rock
Activity: Fake Fossil Casts
Activity: Chocolate Asphalt Cookies
Activity: Concrete Milkshake
Activity: Amazing Rock Candy
Activity: Homemade Toothpaste
Activity: Borax Silly Putty
Activity: Sandy Decorative Bottles
Activity: Aggregate Word Search

Metamorphic Rock

Metamorphic rock used to be igneous or sedimentary rock that was changed by heat or pressure or both. The Appalachian Mountains including the Blue Ridge are mainly metamorphic rock with a little igneous rock.

 

You will need:

Different colors of Play Dough or Modeling clay
Waxed paper
3 books



Please have an adult's supervision for this activity.

Make about 2 dozen pea-sized balls from clay of different colors to represent rock particles.



Place the clay balls close together on a piece of waxed pager. Place a second sheet of
waxed paper on top of the clay balls.

Now, put stack some books on top of the waxed paper. Imagine that the books are layers of rock building up on top of the rock particles. The pressure of the rock particles increases as you add each book. Heat builds as the rock particles are pushed deeper into the Earth's crust.

Now remove the books and peel away the waxed paper. Look at the clay. An entirely new kind of rock has been formed. The same thing happens to igneous and sedimentary rocks when they are changed.


The source of this article taken from Wherever You Are On Earth. . .You're On Rock! by WHAM, the mineral information company. If you would like additional educational information and materials, stop by at www.aggman.com