Weathering is the natural force that wears down objects by the elements (temperature, wind, water, gravity) in the environment.
In this unit students will explore the differences between weathering and erosion before making an in-depth study of erosion. Erosion in the local environment is investigated. Students create models of water erosion with the teachers’ guidance. Through a guided inquiry activity, students design and create a wind erosion model. The culminating activity is the proposal of a remedial land care program to combat erosion of farming soils.
Queensland Resources Council wishes to acknowledge Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), Wandoan State School and Xstrata Coal for their support in the development of this resource. This unit is part of a series that has been developed for the Wandoan Earth Science Centre of Excellence (WESCEX).