Sedimentation Lab Activity

7th - 12th

Students predict how sediments in a water column will settle.  In this earth science lesson, students examine the layers of sedimentation. Students are given sediments to place into a column of water and observe how they settle.  Students expand this knowledge to the running water of a river.

Resource Details

Earth Science
Instructional Design
Inquiry-Based Learning
1 hr
Adam Fox

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