Year 8 Earth Science

Nature's Window, Western Australia

Learning Intention: Students will understand the properties of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and how they are formed. They will relate chnages in landscape formations over time with processes such as weathering, erosion, fossilisation and movement of continental plates.

Success Criteria: At the completion of this unit each student will be able to distinguish between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and give common examples of each. They will be able to describe the way our earth changes over geological time.

This photograph was taken at Nature’s Window, near Kalbarri, in Western Australia. You can see the layers of different coloured rock, which indicates that this is sedimentary rock. In the western district, we see a lot of igneous rocks, formed from lava flows of volcanoes. Metamorphic rocks are those that have changes over time due to heat and pressure.