Rock Cycle Interactive

Rock Cycle Interactive
Type of Resource: Interactive/Simulation

This online resource is an interactive simulation which traces the path of a rock from the time it is formed in a lava flow through the cycle of weathering, erosion, deposition and lithification.

All the processes are explained through a variety of interactive callouts using animations. This includes crystallisation and the partial melting which accompanies metamorphism.

Hyperlinks to photos also show a variety of landforms produced by a number of different erosional agents.

This interactive provides valuable visualisations which allow students to explore highly abstract concepts and apply their understanding to natural features of the landscape. 

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 7 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, including water that cycles through... > ACSSU116
  • Year 8 > Science Inquiry Skills > Evaluating > Reflect on scientific investigations including evaluating the quality of the... > ACSIS146
  • Year 8 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > Construct and use a range of representations, including graphs, keys and models... > ACSIS144
  • Year 8 > Science Inquiry Skills > Questioning and Predicting > Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and... > ACSIS139
  • Year 8 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by... > ACSSU153