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The Rock Cycle

By Base 12 Innovations

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


The Rock Cycle is an interactive story about the life of a rock. Weathered and aged, he tells his life story in this elegant poem. Each stanza is supplemented with interactive images, diagrams, and mini-games.

This app was created and developed by a middle school student for a geology assignment.

What's New in Version 1.3

Miscellaneous improvements:
+Added a settings menu where you can turn off the vibrating text.
+Return to the place where you left off in the story when opening the app.
+Or, tap and hold on the Begin button to resume the story.
+Improved some of the interactives, including the geothermal gradient.
+Support for the iPhone 5 screen resolution.

Thanks for all your suggestions from the last poll! I'll keep them in mind as I develop more updates for The Rock Cycle. Don't forget to leave a review or rating on the app page for each new version to support Base 12 Innovations!


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Customer Reviews

I'm amazed AND informed!

This guy has taken his math, geology and writing education, and with his programming skills, has created a truly unique explanation of rock! I'm awed!

Not only that, but having explored to learn more about who he is, I'm even more awed by this. HE IS STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL and has written this and other valuable programs for the purpose of helping other students grasp these topics.

This is a person who is living the last lines of his verse:

"But learn one thing from this rhyme.
You can be anything, just take your time.
So always overcome your fears
Even if it takes a thousand years"

Psst... Venkat... Fix the broken "survey" link on the first page of the rock story.


I'm a geology major, and I found this app informative, entertaining, and fun! I like the interactive bits, and the poem is just adorable. I would love to see this expanded to include more types of rocks, maybe even add a choose-your-own adventure type aspect to it. Great job so far!

Good for teaching

Teaching juniors in a rock club is non-stop search for material. This is a good aid for teaching the rock cycle. Plus at the beginning there's a great poem written by a teen that is educational and inspiring. Our are kids range in age from 6 to 15 enjoyed the poem as well as the adults in the club.

The Rock Cycle
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.3
  • Size: 28.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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