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Density of Earth's Layers
In this activity, students measure the densities of samples of granite, basalt, peridotite/dunite, and an iron meteorite, which are used as representatives of the various layers of the Earth (crust, mantle, core). The samples are weighed to determine their mass, and the Archimedes Principle is used to determine volume. From these two properties, they calculate density, compare it to accepted values presented in the discussion, and answer questions about their observations.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lab activity
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
Technical requirements:
Lesson requires Microsoft Word
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2005, Eryn Klosko
DLESE Catalog ID: NYIC-000-000-000-015
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Eryn Klosko
State University of New York (SUNY) - Westchester Community College

Contact: Steve Kluge
No institutional affiliation