Click around this Google Maps webquest to explore locations that showcase the process of weathering and erosion! This activity provides you with a two page response sheet (Word and PDF) to distribute to students. The document provides students with information about each of the following processes of weathering: Mechanical (abrasion, ice wedging, organic weathering) and chemical (oxidation, carbonation, organic).
There are 10 total links provided alongside the reading passage. Each link uses Google Maps street view to drop students into a 360 degree view of an active weathering site. The sites are: Bryce Canyon National Park, Timna Park Israel (mushroom rock), Grand Canyon, Australia (root weathering), Irish coast (wave weathering), Arches National Park, Rural Georgia (oxidation), Carlsbad Caverns, Leshan Giant Buddha Statue (acid rain), and Mount Washington (moss / lichen).
An example link from the text: https://goo.gl/JkxNNA
The third column of the response sheet asks students to make an observation about where the link took them, and what caused the weathering they saw. Each site is mentioned in the reading passage.
If you can distribute the document to students digitally, they can click the links and fill out the observations electronically. If digital distribution is not an option, all links have been shortened and are in the same format as the example above so that students may enter them manually. Google Maps works through ordinary internet browsers, so no software installation is necessary.
An excerpt from the reading passage:
Abrasion is perhaps the most common form of mechanical weathering. When gravity, running water, or wind causes rocks to collide with each other, they break down into smaller pieces. Over millions of years, running water weathered rocks to form the famous Grand Canyon in Arizona. Wind smashed bits of sand and sediment into boulders in the Israeli desert, forming “mushroom rocks.” Waves breaking against a rocky coast will also cause weathering.