1 Rocks & Minerals Linder Winter, Earth-Space Rules Committee Chair Nat’l Event Supervisor: Reach for the Stars
2 A Note about PowerPoint Presentations PowerPoint presentations are dynamic.Not only do you learn from the present-er; the presenter also learns from you.As such, this presentation will be current for just a brief period in time.However, this does not reduce the value or relevancy of this presentation.
3 AcknowledgementThe “heart” of this presentation is based upon material included in The Earth through Time, a textbook authored by Harold Levin.Dr. Levin’s notes are available at
4 Event DescriptionTeams will demonstrate their knowledge of rocks and minerals.A team of up to 2Approximate time: 40 – 50 Minutes
5 Event ParametersWith the exception of pens or pencils, fingernails, and hand lenses, only those tools provided by the supervisor may be used.
6 Event ParametersParticipants may bring the following items only: one or more writing instruments, a hand lens, one 3-ringed reference binder of any size filled with handwritten, computer-generated, and/or purchased materials, plus one book.
7 The CompetitionEqual time intervals, as determined by the supervisor, will be allotted for each station.When the start signal is given, partici-pants will begin work at their initial station.
8 The CompetitionParticipants may not move to the next station until prompted to do so, may not skip stations, nor return to any previously visited station.
9 The CompetitionSpecimens and other materials placed at the various stations may not be taken to other stations.
10 The CompetitionHCl will not be provided, nor may it be brought to or be used during the competition.Written descriptions as to how a specimen might react were it to be tested with HCl may be provided.
11 The CompetitionOnly those specimens appearing on the official NSO list (see will be used in the competition with the following exception:Tournament Directors may include up to five additional specimens important to their own state.If additional specimens are to be included, all teams must be notified no later than three weeks prior to the competition.
12 Coaching Tips: NSO Clarification Page Check the clarifications page on the Official NSO site frequently. You may find updated information that could possibly affect the outcome of your event.The URL address is:
13 Coaching Tips: NSO Clarification Page The only change in specimens for the 2008 competition …Goethite to Limonite – due to “availability issues.”
14 Coaching Tips: Resources Resources for many events have either been eliminated or significantly reduced in quantity.Exception: Taxonomic events such as the “Rocks and Minerals” and “Fossils” events – the latter to be rotated in for a three year period beginning next year.WARNING! Events permitting resources are generally much more challenging than those that do not. This is generally done to reduce questions that can easily be referenced!
15 Coaching Tips: Selecting Participants Do not rely too heavily upon a student’s current knowledge and expertise. Open the event to all interested participants!Once the R & M team has been chosen, encourage partners to study together … frequently.
16 Coaching Tips: Selecting Participants The event was designed with a team approach in mind.Generally, the more knowledgeable, more experienced, or older team member serves in the primary capacity; the second in a support role.Support role: transports the notebook, locates definitions, classifications, etc.
17 Resources: Specimen Collections - Rocks The basic difference between individual rock specimens is size.Some rock specimens do possess character-istics that make them easier to identify.Ideally a supervisor will choose specimens that possess those characteristics. Example: gneiss has thin layers of white sandwiched between thicker layers of a darker material.
18 Resources: Specimen Collections - Minerals Minerals included in kits featuring numerous specimens, purchased at very low cost, generally possess few of the major characteristics that make for easy identification.However, these kits do provide samples of nearly all specimens.
19 Resources: Specimen Collections - Minerals Ideally, mineral specimens used to prepare for this event feature most of the unique characteristics of each.Gradually “build up” a set of quality mineral specimens for your classroom collection.The Rocks and Minerals event will most likely continue for many years because kids are fascinated with rocks and minerals, plus it’s one of the few truly hands-on earth science activities.
20 Resources: Field Guides Helpful in preparing participant notebooksNot so helpful for use during the competition – too much “irrelevant” information and far too may specimens not included in the eventIncluding information in resource notebooks about only those specimens in the official NSO R & M list is much more practical and usefulThe Audubon Guide is not necessarily the best field guide. Other guides will be considered when the event returns.
21 Coaching Tips: Helpful Resources Sample tests posted on the Wright Center website (URL on the large label / key word - Wright Center) and also on the disk distributed during this sessionThe latter part of this PowerPoint presentationProducts available through OWEE:1. R & M Exams with Photos2. Mineral specimens, sold individually and in kits3. Instructional Rock Kit – Lessons / Stations4. Rocks and Minerals Charts
22 Coaching Tips: Selecting Participants Support role: transports the notebook, locates definitions, classifications, etc.Should you be forced to choose a team member for a support role who knows little about the event, that person should be able to assist in locating information, transporting the notebook, etc.
23 Coaching Tips: Notebooks Participant notebooks are an integral part of the R & M Event.The goal for permitting resources is to encourage conceptual development in lieu of memorization of facts.Notebooks provide a framework for learning, understanding, and quick reference.
24 Coaching Tips: Notebooks Participant-developed notebooks are generally more beneficial during the event than are field guides, textbooks, etc.Participants who construct their own note-books are generally better prepared.Due to time constraints, a well-organized notebook provides a much more efficient resource than most others.
25 Coaching Tips: Notebooks Notebooks provide an opportunity to organize facts in a “personalized” format.Notebooks provide an opportunity to include information from many sources and reduce information irrelevant to the event.Notebooks provide a quick and easy means to determine whether a participant is actually spending time preparing for the event.
26 Coaching Tips: Notebooks Participants wishing to continue the same event in future competitions should use knowledge and expertise gained by editing their notebooks immediately following a competition.
27 Coaching Tips: Notebooks Part of the preparatory process is for participants to develop their own notebooks.Avoid the temptation to pass notebooks on to future participants in an event.Once a participant has created his/her own notebook, however, it would be beneficial to share former participant notebooks with them. This provides an opportunity to evaluate and modify their own notebooks.
28 Suggested Notebook Contents Devote one page to each specimen. This page should include, but is not limited to:a. One or more colored images of each specimenb. Classificationc. Environment(s) of formationd. Properties of the specimene. Commercial use and importance
29 Suggested Notebook Contents (Alphabetized) glossary of important termsMohs scale of hardnessRock charts: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphicBowen’s Reaction Series chartRock cycle diagramSketches of common mineral crystals
30 Minerals Characteristics Naturally occurringInorganicSolidDefinite chemical compositionOrderly internal crystal structure
31 Physical Properties of Minerals Each mineral has a variety of physical and chemical properties which allow it to be identified.A few specimens have very unique characteristics: odor, color, magnetic properties, etc.Many of the more common properties are addressed in the following slides.
32 Physical Properties of Minerals Color - the color of the mineral as it appears to the eye in reflected light.Some minerals may have a range of colors. Example: quartz may be color-less, white, pink, purple, dark brown, green, or blue.
33 Physical Properties of Minerals Streak - the color of a mineral when ground to a powder. Streak color may differ from the mineral’s natural color.Examples:Hematite may be silver or gray, but has a reddish brown streak.Pyrite is golden, but has a black streak.
34 Physical Properties of Minerals Luster - the character of light reflected from the mineral.A mineral’s luster may be metallic or non-metallic.
35 Physical Properties of Minerals Hardness - the resistance of a mineral to scratching.Hardness is measured on a scale of on the Mohs Scale of Hardness.Hardness of minerals can be determined by comparison to several common objects – fingernail, copper object, nail, glass.Note: Pennies are no longer made of pure copper. Copper connectors used in plumbing found are available at hardware stores.
36 Physical Properties of Minerals Density - how heavy a mineral is for its size.The mass of a mineral divided by its volume is a measure of its density.Examples:Quartz has a density of 2.65 g/cm3. Gold has a higher density of 19.3 g/cm3.
37 Physical Properties of Minerals Crystal form - some minerals have unique crystalline shapes.Crystals "grow" through the addition of chemical ions to their surfaces as they crystallize from a magma or lava, mineral-rich waters, or gases.
38 Physical Properties of Minerals Perfect crystals are rare in nature because they typically grow close together in confined spaces, producing a mass of interlocking crystals.A crystal growing in a larger space may develop crystal faces.Crystal shape is related to the structural arrangement of atoms within the mineral.
39 Physical Properties of Minerals Cleavage - the tendency of a mineral to break along flat surfaces related to planes of weak-ness in its crystal structure.Minerals may be identified by the number of cleavage planes they exhibit and the angles between them.Examples:Some minerals, including muscovite and biotite, tend to cleave or break into flat sheets. Others, like halite, break into cubes, or calcite and dolomite into rhombs.
40 Physical Properties of Minerals Fracture - irregular breakage not related to planes of weakness.Some minerals do not have cleavage. Quartz and olivine, for example, exhibit conchoidal fracture.Conchoidal fracture produces curved break-age surfaces, such as seen on arrowheads, chipped glass, or the inside of seashells.
41 Physical Properties of Minerals Magnetism - A few minerals are mag- netic. They are attracted to a magnet, or act as a natural magnet, attracting small steel objects such as paperclips.Example: Magnetite.Caution! Not all magnetite specimens are strong enough to attract metallic objects.
42 Physical Properties of Minerals Flexibility - Some minerals can be bent.Examples:Muscovite and biotite mica are elastic. When bent they return to their original shape.Gypsum is flexible. It bends and stays bent.
43 Physical Properties of Minerals Feel - Some minerals have a distinctive feel.Example:Talc feels “soapy.”
44 Rock-Forming Minerals There are more than 3,000 minerals on the Earth, but comparatively few are common and make up most of the rocks.Rock-forming minerals are divided into two groups: silicates and non-silicates.
45 Rock-Forming Minerals: Silicates Earth's crust is dominated by 2 chemi-cal elements:1. Oxygen (46.6% by weight)2. Silicon (27.7% by weight)These elements make up silicates, the dominant group of rock-forming minerals.
46 Rock-Forming Minerals: Silicates – Feldspar Group Feldspar group - Dominant mineral in Earth's crust.The feldspars have two directions of cleavage at 90o, with flat, glassy rectangular surfaces.
47 Rock-Forming Minerals: Silicates – Feldspar Group Orthoclase feldspar (or potassium feldspar) group - KAlSi3O8Plagioclase feldspars range in composition from calcium-rich to sodium-rich. Only albite (NaAlSi3O8) has been included in the NSO list.Thin, parallel grooves, called striations, are visible on the plagioclase feldspars.
48 Rock-Forming Minerals: Silicates – Quartz Quartz (SiO2) - Second-most abundant mineral in Earth's crust.Quartz is a major constituent in sand-stone and quartzite.Note: Chert is a sedimentary rock composed of microcrystalline quartz.
49 Rock-Forming Minerals: Silicates – Mica Group Mica group - Perfect cleavage in one direction causing it to split into thin sheets.Examples:Muscovite - Colorless or silvery-coloredBiotite - Black or dark brown. Its dark color is due to presence of Mg and Fe.Lepidolite - lilac or rose-violet
50 Rock-Forming Minerals: Silicates – Amphibole Group Amphibole group - Two directions of cleavage, not at 90o, producing narrow, elongated crystals.Example:Hornblende. Dark in color due to pres-ence of Mg and Fe.
51 Rock-Forming Minerals: Silicates – Pyroxene Group Pyroxene group - Two directions of cleavage at 90°. Typically dark in color.Example:Augite. Contains Mg and Fe.
52 Rock-Forming Minerals: Silicates – Olivine Olivine - Olive green color and glassy texture. No cleavage. Conchoidal fracture. Contains Mg and Fe.
53 Rock-Forming Minerals: Silicates – Clay Minerals Clay minerals - A group of minerals formed through the weathering of feldspars and other minerals.Typically very fine-grained flakes, dull, earthy luster, soft, smooth feel.Example:Kaolinite, a white clay with many economic uses.
54 Rock-Forming Minerals: Non-Silicates Non-silicate minerals comprise about 8% of the minerals of the Earth's crust.There are many non-silicate minerals, grouped on the basis of their chemical composition into: native elements, oxides, sulfides, sulfates, carbonates, halides, phosphates, etc.
55 Rock-Forming Minerals: Non-Silicates: Carbonates Calcite (CaCO3) - Calcium carbonate.Main constituent of limestone and marble.Rhombohedral cleavage – "deformed" cube having no right angles
56 Rock-Forming Minerals: Non-Silicates: Aragonite Aragonite (CaCO3) - Calcium carbon-ate. Same chemical formula as calcite, but with a different crystalline structure.In time and with heating, aragonite will alter to form calcite.
57 Rock-Forming Minerals: Non-Silicates: Dolomite Dolomite (CaMg(CO3)2) - Calcium magne-sium carbonate.Has rhombohedral cleavage like calcite.Main constituent of dolostone, sometimes referred to as dolomite rock.Forms from alteration of limestone through the addition of Mg.Dolostone is often difficult to distinguish from limestone.
58 Rock-Forming Minerals: Non-Silicates: Evaporites Evaporite minerals are formed through the evaporation of water containing ions in solution or dissolved salts.They include several chemical groups such as the halides and sulfates.
59 Rock-Forming Minerals: Non-Silicates Evaporites: Halite Halite (NaCl) - Sodium chlorideMajor constituent of rock salt (and table salt)Recognized by its cubic cleavage and salty taste (tasting is not permitted during NSO competitions)
60 Non-Silicates Evaporites: Gypsum Gypsum (CaSO4 . 2H2O) - Hydrated calcium sulfate. Major constituent of rock gypsum.Used in Plaster of Paris and drywall.Recognized by its softness. Can be scratched with a fingernail.Varieties:1. Selenite - clear crystals with rhombohedral cleavage2. Alabaster - fine-grained and massive3. Satin spar - fibrous
61 Rocks A rock is an aggregate of one or more minerals. Rocks are the building blocks of the Earth's crust.
62 RocksIgneous - crystallized from hot, molten rock Examples: granite, basaltSedimentary - fragments of sediment laid down by water or wind are compressed or cemented over time Examples: sandstone, shale, limestoneMetamorphic - rocks changed by heat and or pressure or chemical activity Examples: gneiss, schist, slate, marble
63 Rock CycleIgneous rocks can be weathered and eroded to form sediment (gravel, sand, silt, clay).
64 Rock CycleSediment is cement-ed and compacted to form sedimentary rocks.
65 Rock CycleSedimentary rocks may be deeply buried and subjected to heat and pressure which convert them to metamorphic rocks.
66 Rock Cycle All three types of rocks may be weathered and eroded. Igneous rocks can also be metamor-phosed or melted.
67 Igneous RocksThe term igneous means "fire-formed." Igneous rocks crystallized from hot, molten magma or lava, as it cooled.Magma is hot, molten rock beneath the surface of the Earth.Lava is hot, molten rock that has flowed out and onto the surface of the Earth.Igneous rocks make up more than 90% of Earth's crust, by volume.
69 Igneous RocksExtrusive or volcanic rocks form from lava, which cooled on the Earth's surface.Examples: basalt, rhyolite, andesite, obsidian
70 Igneous RocksIntrusive or plutonic igneous rocks formed from magma which cooled deep beneath the surface of the Earth.Examples: granite, gabbro, diorite
71 Igneous RocksThe texture of a rock is a description of its grain size.The rate of cooling influences the texture of igneous rocks.Extrusive rocks = quick cooling = fine grainedIntrusive rocks = slow cooling = coarse grained
72 Igneous Rocks – Composition Felsic (or sialic) - Rich in silicon, oxygen, and aluminum. Tends to have light-colored minerals such as quartz and potassium feldspar. Examples: granite, rhyolite.Intermediate - Intermediate in composition between felsic and mafic. Mixture of light and dark minerals. Examples: diorite, andesite.Mafic - Iron and magnesium rich. Typically dark-colored. Examples: gabbro, basalt.
73 Igneous Rocks – BasaltEarth's continental crust is dominated by granite.Granite is coarse-grained and has predominantly light-colored minerals.
74 Igneous Rocks – BasaltBasalt is fine-grained with a dark color due to its being rich in iron and magnesium.Ocean crust is dominated by basalt which covers about 70% of Earth's surface.
80 Sedimentary RocksSedimentary rocks cover about 75% of the world's land area.Sedimentary rocks form when loose sediment (gravel, sand, silt, or clay) becomes compact-ed and/or cemented to form rock.The process of converting sediment to sedimentary rock is called lithification.Sediment is deposited in horizontal layers called beds or strata.
82 Sedimentary Rocks - History Sedimentary rocks provide information about ancient history and life on Earth.Sedimentary rocks reveal locations of ancient environments such as seas, reefs, deltas, beaches, rivers, lakes deserts, glaciers, and mountains.
83 Sedimentary Rocks - History Sedimentary rocks provide information about ancient climates:1. Times of humid tropical coal swamps2. Times of dry wind-swept deserts3. Times of glaciers that covered large areas of the continents4. Times of high temperatures and high sea levels
84 Sedimentary Rocks - History Sedimentary rocks contain the fossil record, which preserves the evolving story of life on Earth.Sedimentary rocks also hold the fossil fuels and energy resources on which our culture depends — coal, oil, natural gas. Careful reading of the rock record allows exploration geologists locate these critical resources.
85 Conceptual Diagram Showing Weathering Products of Granodiorite
86 Types of Sedimentary Rocks ClasticChemical/BiochemicalOrganic
87 Clastic Sedimentary Rocks Clastic sedimentary rocks are derived from the weathering of pre-existing rocks, which have been transported to the depositional basin.They have a clastic (broken or fragmental) texture consisting of:1. Clasts (larger pieces, such as sand or gravel)2. Matrix (mud or fine-grained sediment surround- ing the clasts)3. Cement (calcite, iron oxide, or silica)
88 Clastic Sedimentary Rocks Clastic sedimentary rocks are classified according to texture (grain size):1. Gravel: Grain size greater than 2 mm.If rounded clasts = conglomerateIf angular clasts = breccia2. Sand: Grain size 1/16 to 2 mm.Sandstone (various types)3. Clay: Grain size less than 1/256 mm Shale (if fissile)
89 Chemical/Biochemical Sedimentary Rocks This group includes the evaporites, carbon-ates, and siliceous rocks.These rocks form within the depositional basin from chemical components dissolved in seawater.Chemicals may be removed from seawater and made into rocks by chemical processes or with the assistance of biological processes such as shell growth.
90 EvaporitesEvaporites form from materials left behind by the evaporation of water (usually seawater).Example:Travertine - forms in caves and around hot springs
91 CarbonatesCarbonate sedimentary rocks are formed through both chemical and biochemical processes.They include the limestones and dolostones.Minerals in carbonate rocks: calcite, dolomite, aragonite
92 CarbonatesFossiliferous limestone – composed of various types of fossils in a limestone matrixOolitic limestones – sand-sized oolitesCoquina – fossil hash cemented together
93 CarbonatesChalk - made of microscopic planktonic organisms such as coccolithophoresCrystalline limestoneTravertine (see evaporites)
94 Siliceous Rocks Siliceous rocks are dominated by silica (SiO2). Siliceous rocks commonly form from silica-secreting organisms such as diatoms, radiolarians, or some types of sponges.
95 Siliceous RocksChert is formed through chemical reactions of silica in solution replacing limestones.Silica leaching from beds of volcanic ash also replaces limestone below the ash layers.Diatomite - Composed of microscopic planktonic organisms called diatoms.
96 Organic Sedimentary Rocks (Coals) This group consists of rocks composed of organic matter (mainly plant frag-ments) which have accumulated in swamps or marshes.They lack minerals which, by definition, must be inorganic.These are the various forms of coals.
97 Organic Sedimentary Rocks (Coals) Peat – porous mass of brownish plant frag-ments resembling peat mossLignite – crumbly and blackBituminous coal – dull to shiny and black; sooty; layers may be visibleAnthracite coal – extremely shiny and black, may have a slight golden shine; low density; not sooty. Some classify it as metamorphic. The Science Olympiad classifies it as sedimentary.
98 Commercial Use of Coals Coal is the source of more than half of all electricity produced in the United States.Chemicals derived from coal are used in the manufacture of plastics, tar, synthetic fibers, fertilizers, and medicines.
99 Metamorphic Rocks The word metamorphic means "changed form.” Metamorphism causes changes in the texture and mineralogy of other rocks.Metamorphism results from:1. High temperatures,2. High pressures, and3. Chemical reactions
101 Types of MetamorphismContact metamorphism - Alteration of rock by heat adjacent to hot molten lava or magma.Economically important as setting for metallic ores – gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, etc.
102 Types of MetamorphismRegional metamorphism - Alteration of rock over a large area by heat and pressure due to deep burial or tectonic processes.
103 Types of Metamorphic Rock Foliated - Laminated structure in a metamorphic rock resulting from the parallel alignment of sheet-like mineralsExamples: slate, phyllite, schist, gneissNon-foliated – no preferred orientationExamples: marble, quartzite
104 Metamorphic Index Minerals Certain minerals form during metamor-phism, under specific pressure and temperature conditions.These metamorphic index minerals can be used as a guide to metamorphic pressures and temperatures.
106 Rock ExamThe following questions and answers are from the New York State Regents Website:See you well you can do.
107 Rock Quiz Question # 1Compared to felsic igneous rocks, mafic igneous rocks contain greater amounts of 1. white quartz 2. aluminum 3. pink feldspar 4. iron
108 Rock Quiz Question # 1Compared to felsic igneous rocks, mafic igneous rocks contain greater amounts of 1. white quartz 2. aluminum 3. pink feldspar 4. iron
109 Rock Quiz Question # 2What are the two most abundant elements by mass found in Earth's crust? 1. aluminum and iron 2. sodium and chlorine 3. calcium and carbon 4. oxygen and silicon
110 Rock Quiz Question # 2What are the two most abundant elements by mass found in Earth's crust? 1. aluminum and iron 2. sodium and chlorine 3. calcium and carbon 4. oxygen and silicon
111 Rock Quiz Question # 3The graph below shows the relationship between mass and volume for three samples, A, B, and C, of a given material. What is the density of this material? 1. 1.0 g/cm³ 2. 5.0 g/cm³ 3. 10.0 g/cm³ 4. 20.0 g/cm³
112 Rock Quiz Question # 3The graph below shows the relationship between mass and volume for three samples, A, B, and C, of a given material. What is the density of this material? 1. 1.0 g/cm³ 2. 5.0 g/cm³ 3. 10.0 g/cm³ 4. 20.0 g/cm³
113 Rock Quiz Question # 4Which sample best shows the physical properties normally associated with regional metamorphism?1. A 2. B 3. C 4. D
114 Rock Quiz Question # 4Which sample best shows the physical properties normally associated with regional metamorphism?1. A 2. B 3. C 4. D
115 Rock Quiz Question # 5The graph to the left shows the concentration (percentage) of copper at various depths in the bedrock at a mine in Arizona. Between which depths should the bedrock be mined in order to obtain rock with the highest percentage of copper?1. ft 2. ft 3. ft 4. ft
116 Rock Quiz Question # 6The graph to the left shows the concentration (percentage) of copper at various depths in the bedrock at a mine in Arizona. Between which depths should the bedrock be mined in order to obtain rock with the highest percentage of copper?1. ft 2. ft 3. ft 4. ft
117 Rock Quiz Question # 6Which mineral is white or colorless, has a hardness of 2.5, and splits with cubic cleavage? 1. calcite 2. halite 3. pyrite 4. mica
118 Rock Quiz Question # 6Which mineral is white or colorless, has a hardness of 2.5, and splits with cubic cleavage? 1. calcite 2. halite 3. pyrite 4. mica
119 Rock Quiz Question # 7Compared to dull and rough rock surfaces, shiny and smooth rock surfaces are most likely to cause sunlight to be 1. reflected 2. refracted 3. scattered 4. absorbed
120 Rock Quiz Question # 7Compared to dull and rough rock surfaces, shiny and smooth rock surfaces are most likely to cause sunlight to be 1. reflected 2. refracted 3. scattered 4. absorbed
121 Rock Quiz Question # 8The diagrams below show the crystals of four different rocks viewed through the same hand lens. Which crystals most likely formed from molten material that cooled and solidified most rapidly?
122 Rock Quiz Question # 8The diagrams below show the crystals of four different rocks viewed through the same hand lens. Which crystals most likely formed from molten material that cooled and solidified most rapidly?
123 Rock Quiz Question # 9Which sedimentary rock is most likely to be changed to slate during regional metamor-phism? 1. breccia 2. conglomerate 3. dolostone 4. shale
124 Rock Quiz Question # 9Which sedimentary rock is most likely to be changed to slate during regional metamorphism? 1. breccia 2. conglomerate 3. dolostone 4. shale
125 Rock Quiz Question # 10Base your answers to this question on the pictures of four rocks shown below. Magnified views of the rocks are shown in the circles. Which rock is meta-morphic and shows evidence of foliation?
126 Rock Quiz Question # 10Base your answers to this question on the pictures of four rocks shown below. Magnified views of the rocks are shown in the circles. Which rock is meta-morphic and shows evidence of foliation?
127 Rock Quiz Question # 11Base your answers to this question on the pictures of four rocks shown below. Magnified views of the rocks are shown in the circles. What do all four rock samples have in common?1. They show cleavage. 2. They contain minerals. 3. They are organically formed. 4. They formed on Earth’s surface.
128 Rock Quiz Question # 11Base your answers to this question on the pictures of four rocks shown below. Magnified views of the rocks are shown in the circles. What do all four rock samples have in common?1. They show cleavage. 2. They contain minerals. 3. They are organically formed. 4. They formed on Earth’s surface.