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1 Rocks and the Rock Cycle

2 Rocks and the Rock Cycle
Objective Students will be able to explain how the 3 major types of rocks form Standard 3c – explain the properties of rocks based on their chemical & physical composition


4 Three Major Types of Rocks
Igneous Rocks: “meaning from fire” Formed when magma cools and hardens. Magma is called lava when it reaches the earth’s surface.

5 Three Major Types of Rocks
Sedimentary Rock: All types of rock, minerals, and organic matter that have been broken into fragments by forces. Wind, water, ice Deposits harden after being compressed together.

6 Three Major Types of Rocks
Metamorphic Rock: “changed form” When an existing rock undergoes extreme forces it changes form. Tremendous pressure Extreme heat Chemical processes

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8 The Rock Cycle A cycle is a series of changes
Geological forces and processes cause rock to change from one type to another and back again. Rocks in the crust have passes through the cycle many times.

9 The Rock Cycle


11 10.2 Igneous Rocks

12 10.2 Igneous Rocks Objective
Students will be able to identify different igneous rocks based on composition Standard 3c – explain the properties of rocks based on their chemical & physical composition

13 Formation of Igneous Rock
When lava cools and hardens it forms igneous rock. The rock has two categories and is based on how the lava cools. Intrusive igneous rock Extrusive igneous rock

14 Intrusive Igneous The cooling of magma deep below the earth’s surface.
Called intrusive because the lava that forms them intrudes other rocks. The magma then slowly cools to form rock. The slow cooling allows minerals to collect and form large crystals.

15 Extrusive Igneous Formed when there is a rapid cooling of lava or melting of rocks on the earth’s surface. The rapid cooling does not give crystals time to form. The main difference between the two types of igneous rock is the size of the crystal when the rock is forming.

16 Texture of the Rocks The larger the crystals, the more rough the rock will be. When rapid cooling occurs and crystal are not allowed the opportunity to form, the rock will appear extremely smooth. Crystal formation will be so small that they are not seen by the unaided eye.

17 Texture of the Rocks An igneous rock with both large and small crystals is called porphyritic. The porphyritic texture is created when lava cools slowly and is then sped up.

18 Texture of Rock When thick lava cools rapidly no crystals form at all.
Usually thicker lava has an increased amount of trapped gases and this will cause the igneous rock to become full of holes.

19 Composition of Rock The mineral make of the lava determines the chemical make-up of the rock. There are 3 different types of families: Felsic Mafic Intermediate

20 10.3 Sedimentary Rock

21 10.3 Sedimentary Rock Objective
Students will be able to identify the 3 types of sedimentary rocks. Standard 3c – explain the properties of rocks based on their chemical & physical composition

22 Formation of Sedimentary Rock
Made up of an accumulation of various types of sediment. Compaction or cementation are two process that form sedimentary rock. Compaction- when all air and water is squeezed out of sediment Cementation- when minerals are left between the fragments of sediment.

23 3 Types of Sedimentary Rocks
Clastic Sedimentary Rock- rock is made up of rock fragments that have been moved by water, wind or ice. Chemical Sedimentary Rock- forms from minerals that precipitate from water. Organic Sedimentary Rock- forms from the remains of organisms.

24 Clastic Sedimentary rocks
Rocks are classified by the sediments size. Conglmerates- rocks composed of rounded gravel size fragments or pebbles. Individual pieces are easily seen. The sandstone group is made up of sand size grains that have been cemented together. The third group is shale, which consists of clay size particles the easily flake or break apart.

25 Conglomerates

26 Sandstone

27 Shale

28 Chemical Sedimentary Rocks
Rocks that form from minerals that were once dissolved by water. These rocks are called evaporates.

29 Organic Sedimentary Rock
Formed out of the remains of living things. Coal is a prime example of this.

30 Sedimentary Rock Features
Easily identifiable Layering Ripples marks Mud Cracks Fossils Concretion

31 Review Questions 1. How does clastic sedimentation differ from chemical sedimentation? 2. You expect a rock you found is sedimentary rock. What features would you be looking for to confirm you identification?

32 Splat That!!!

33 10.4 Metamorphic Rock

34 10.4 Metamorphic Rock Objective
Students will be able to explain how metamorphic rocks form. Standard 3c – explain the properties of rocks based on their chemical & physical composition

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36 Formation Changed from one type of rock into another by heat, pressure, and chemical processes. Form deep beneath the earth’s surface. ALL metamorphic rocks are formed from existing igneous, sediment or metamorphic rocks.

37 Formation Minerals may change in size or shape or separate into parallel bands. Metamorphic formation happens two different ways Contact metamorphism Regional metamorphism

38 Contact Metamorphism Formed when magma pushes through existing rock.
Changes the structure and mineral composition of surrounding rock.

39 Regional Metamorphism
Metamorphism sometimes occurs with tectonic plate movement. Tremendous heat and pressure is created at plates edge. This heat and pressure will cause chemical changes in the rocks. Most metamorphic rock is created be regional metamorphism.

40 Classification of Rocks
Rocks can be classified into two different types based on their texture: Foliated Nonfoliated





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