Mechanical, Chemical, Oxidation
Purpose: To demonstrate mechanical and
chemical weathering, plus oxidation.
1- 25 ml beaker
10 ml vinegar
1 – pipette
3 - petri dishes
1 – piece of chalk broken in half
1 – small piece of steel wool
1 rock or gravel piece
1st piece of
2nd piece of
1. What evidence of oxidation was present on the
steel wool? What causes oxidation?
2. Describe, in detail, what happened to the piece of
chalk when it was rubbed on the pieceof rock.
What type of mechanical weathering took place?
3. Describe, in detail, what happened to the piece of
chalk that had the vinegar added to it. What
evidence of chemical weathering did you
Write a paragraph explaining your results.
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