Here are a series of cross section activities that you can use with your students.

Each activity has a color version, a black & white version, and a suggested solution.  Click on each to get a larger image to download, save (right click to save), and use in your classroom.

Easy Cross Section Activities

Ratter Canyon

Cross section activities   

Possible Solution
1. Deposition of shale
2. Deposition of conglomerate
3. Deposition of sandstone
4. Deposition of lithic sandstone
5. Deposition of limestone
6. Deposition of quartz sandstone
7. Disposition of limey shale
8. Deposition of mudstone
9. Intrusion of granite. This may have occurred earlier. However, as granites are emplaced at depth, it is assumed all the sequence was deposited and lithified prior to emplacement.
10. Uplift and erosion to form current land surface.
11. Deposition of alluvium

 

Yaas River Section

  Cross section activities

Possible Solution
1. Deposition of Quarry Shale
2. Deposition of Cave Bluff Limestone
3. Deposition of Redin Sandstone
4. Deposition of Tinely Ashstone
5. Deposition of Clipton Volcanics
6. Folding
7. Intrusion of basalt dyke
8. Faulting

 

Kirra East Headland

  Cross section activities

Possible Solution
1. Deposition of conglomerate
2. Deposition of sandstone
3. Deposition of limestone
4. Deposition of shale
5. Deposition of mudstone
6. Faulting
7. Intrusion of gabbro

 

Harder Cross Section Activities

Rockville

  

Possible Solution
1. Deposition of Davin Shale
2. Deposition of Hutt Ashstone
3. Deposition of Cabin Limestone
4. Deposition of Lower Coal Seam
5. Deposition of Ravin Sandstone
6. Deposition of Blackman Shale
7. Deposition of Fossil Bed Limestone
8. Folding
9. Uplift and erosion (forming unconformity surface)
10. Deposition of Basin Conglomerate
11. Deposition of Log Creek Mudstone
12. Deposition of Loren Shale
13. Deposition of Jackson Sandstone
14. Intrusion of basalt dyke
15. Tilting
16. Erosion to form present landscape.

 

Lila Valley

  

Possible Solution
1. Deposition of the Range Claystone
2. Deposition of the Tomlan Sandstone
3. Deposition of the Lilla Mudstone
4. Deposition of the Raven Limestone
5. Deposition of the Hill Creek Sandstone
6. Deposition of the Grey Ashstone
7. Deposition of the Basal Conglomerate
8. Deposition of the River Siltstone
9. Deposition of the Blackwater Shale
10. Deposition of the Crinoid Sandstone
11. Faulting into blocks
12. Uplift, tilting and erosion to form unconformity surface
13. Deposition of the Yemin Sandstone
14. Deposition of the Sylon Valley Mudstone
15. Deposition of the Greys Shale
16. Tilting

 

Everleigh Cutting

  

Possible Solution
1. Deposition of quartz sandstone (later to become metamorphed to quartzite)
2. Deposition of shale (later to become metamorphed to phyllite)
3. Deposition of shale (later to become metamorphed to biotite phyllite) – note this layer phases out from right to left.
4. Deposition of greywacke (later to become metamorphed to hornfels)
5. Deposition of limestone (later to become metamorphed to marble)
6. Deposition of sandstone (later to become metamorphed to muscovite hornfels)
7. Folding and metamorphic event
8. Intrusion of basalt dyke
9. Uplift and erosion forming unconformity surface
10. Deposition of limey mudstone
11. Deposition of shale
12. Deposition of limestone
13. Faulting
14. Intrusion of olivine basalt dyke
15. Intrusion of granite
16. Tilting and erosion to form unconformity surface
17. Deposition of shale
18. Deposition of carbonaceous shale
19. Deposition of quartz sandstone

 

 

Cross Section Activities