3 - Natural Environments: Landscapes

Shaping the Earth

This unit focuses on the investigation of how plate tectonics have helped to shape our planet. 

Students will investigate the three main rock types while focusing on the formations caused by kaustic environments.


Key Concept

Change - the development of rocks and their associated landforms.

Related Concepts

Processes - what processes create different rock types?

Global Context

Globalisation and Sustainability - can fragile karstic environments be used in a sustainable manner?

Statement of Inquiry

Change is a dynamic concept that creates spectacular landscapes.

Inquiry Questions

 Factual Questions: Remembering facts and topics Conceptual Questions: Analysing big ideasDebatable Questions: Evaluating perspectives and developing theories.
  • What are the three main types of rock?
  • What is a karstic environment?
  • What landforms can be found in karstic environments and how are they formed?
  •  How is change an inevitable process in a karstic environment?
  •  Karstic landscapes are fragile and should not be exploited by humans. Discuss.