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Folds and Faults
In this activity, students will learn how rock layers are folded and faulted and how to represent these structures in maps and cross sections. They will use playdough to represent layers of rock and make cuts in varying orientations to represent faults and other structures.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Structural geology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This is a public domain web site. We simply ask that the original URL and the Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium credit is clearly marked on each page or portion used. Please contact when you use an activity or want to find out more about incorporating planetary science in your curriculum.
DLESE Catalog ID: EARTHQUAKE-000-000-011-992
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Hawaii Space Grant Consortium