Rock Cycle Interactive

Rock Cycle Interactive
Type of Resource: Interactive/Simulation

This online resource demonstrates the Earth's rock cycle.

The resource is an interactive simulation that 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 that allow students to explore highly abstract concepts and apply their understanding to natural features of the landscape. 

Additional Information

This site uses Adobe Flash, which might require you to change the permissions on your web browser because the use of Flash on the web is being deprecated for reasons of security. Hopefully this resource will be upgraded soon.

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