Racetrack Playa

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Context: This presentation is to accompany the Fantastic Places Scheme Of Learning as developed by the Royal Geographical Society.

This particular resource is also found on this website: http://year7geo.com/

It is partly comprised of other people’s images which I have credited. In the same spirit of sharing as those whose work I’ve borrowed, this presentation by James Penstone is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

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Racetrack Playa

  1. 1. A day at theRacetrackImage: Some rights reserved by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
  2. 2. Image: Some rights reserved by NASA Goddard Photo and VideoA day at theRacetrackWhy do youthink rockslike thismove?
  3. 3. Source: https://maps.google.com
  4. 4. Source: https://maps.google.comThe movingrocks are foundin a place inDeath ValleyNational Park.
  5. 5. Source: https://maps.google.comThe movingrocks are foundin a place inDeath ValleyNational Park.Why is this area called Death Valley?
  6. 6. Source: https://maps.google.comThey are foundin a placecalledRacetrackPlaya inside ofDeath ValleyNational Park.
  7. 7. Source: https://maps.google.comThey are foundin a placecalledRacetrackPlaya inside ofDeath ValleyNational Park.Why is this area called Racetrack Playa?Image: Some rightsreserved by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
  8. 8. Image: Some rights reserved by NASA Goddard Photo and VideoWhy is this area called Racetrack Playa?
  9. 9. Source: https://maps.google.comUsing GoogleMaps or GoogleEarth, locateRacetrackPlaya
  10. 10. Source: https://maps.google.comDescribe thelocation ofRacetrackPlaya
  11. 11. The ‘sailingstones’ haveintriguedGeographersfor a long time.Image: Some rights reserved by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
  12. 12. Image: Some rights reserved by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
  13. 13. Image: Some rights reserved by NASA Goddard Photo and VideoThere has to be anexplanation for thisstrange movementof rocks …
  14. 14. Image: Some rights reserved by NASA Goddard Photo and VideoYour mission is to solve the‘mystery’ of the moving rocks.
  15. 15. Image: Some rights reserved by NASA Goddard Photo and VideoIn a group of three or four,sort the cards (shown on thefollowing slides) …Your mission is to solve the‘mystery’ of the moving rocks.
  16. 16. Source: rgs.org website on Fantastic Places – A Day at the Racetrack
  17. 17. Source: rgs.org website on Fantastic Places – A Day at the Racetrack
  18. 18. Source: rgs.org website on Fantastic Places – A Day at the Racetrack
  19. 19. Source: rgs.org website on Fantastic Places – A Day at the Racetrack
  20. 20. Image: Some rights reserved by stevelyonYou should sort the cards intothree main types …
  21. 21. Image: Some rights reserved by stevelyonYou should sort the cards intothree main types …• Background information on Death Valley• Not useful in answering the question• Helps answer the question
  22. 22. Image: Some rights reserved by NASA Goddard Photo and VideoEach group should prepare anexplanation on a poster to answerthe main question, which will thenbe explained to the rest of the class.
  23. 23. Image: Some rights reserved by kugelfishThe class willgive feedbackon eachexplanation,and will votefor the mostreasonableone.
  24. 24. To find out more, you canvisit this site …http://geology.com/articles/racetrack-playa-sliding-rocks.shtml
  25. 25. Context: This presentation is to accompany the Fantastic Places SchemeOf Learning as developed by the Royal Geographical Society.This particular resource is also found on this website:http://year7geo.com/It is partly comprised of other people’s images which I have credited.In the same spirit of sharing as those whose work I’ve borrowed, thispresentation by James Penstone is licensed under a Creative CommonsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

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