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Rocks and Processes of the Rock Cycle

The rock cycle depicts the three major rock types and the processes that lead to their formation.

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Tufa Towers
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Tufa Towers


Mono Lake’s Tufa Towers

Student Exploration

How were these rocks formed? Which part of the rock cycle would explain this scenario?


Extension Investigation

  1. The image above is of the tufa towers in Mono Lake, California which is an area rich in geologic processes. What process do you think is responsible for the towers? Collect needed data here: http://www.monolake.org/about/stats
  2. Using the rock cycle as the focus, create a prezi that has links for each of the processes in the rock cycle. For each process (i.e. melting), describe why the tufa towers are or are not an example. As an extension, research additional unusual rock formations around the world that are examples of the other processes in the rock cycle and include these in your prezi.

Resources Cited

Yukinobu Zengame. Wikimedia Commons. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ALimestone_towers_at_Mono_Lake%2C_California.jpg

Mono Lake Committee. http://www.monolake.org/about/stats

Connections to other CK-12 Subject Areas


  • Chlorates, Carbonates, Sulfates
  • pH


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