The Formation of Rocks: An Exploration of the Rock Cycle

The Formation of Rocks: An Exploration of the Rock Cycle

In this educational resource, we will examine the rock cycle and the various ways that rocks are formed. We will explore the three types of rocks - igneous, metamorphic

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Slide18.6.2 Earth Materials Illustrate the rock cycle and explain how igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks are formed

Slide2How are rocks formed?• Explain how rocks are formed? Give 3 evidence or examples. • le/index.html

Slide31. Crystals• Small, flat surfaces that are shiny or sparkly, like tiny mirrors.

Slide42. Fossils• Imprints of leaves, shells, insects, or other items in the rock.

Slide53. Gas bubbles• "Holes," like Swiss cheese, in the rock.

Slide64. Glassy surface• A shiny and smooth surface, like colored glass.

Slide75. Ribbon-like layers• Straight or wavy stripes of different colors in the rock.

Slide86. Sand or pebbles• Individual stones, pebbles, or sand grains visible in the rock.

Slide9Rocks are not all the same!• The three main types, or classes, of rock are sedimentary , metamorphic , and igneous  and the differences among them have to do with how they are formed.

Slide108.8.2 Earth Materials Illustrate the rock cycle and explain how igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks are formed

Slide11How Rocks Change?• Explain what processes cause rocks to change? Give at least 3 examples.

Slide121. Heat & Pressure• What happens to cookie dough when you put it in the oven? The heat of the oven produces changes in the ingredients that make them interact and combine. Without melting the dough, the heat changes it into a whole new product — a cookie.

Slide13Heat & Pressure• A similar process happens to rocks beneath the earth's surface. Due to movements in the crust, rocks are frequently pulled under the surface of the earth, where temperatures increase dramatically the farther they descend. Between 100 and 200 kilometers (62 and 124 miles) below the earth's surface, temperatures are hot enough to melt most rocks. However, before the melting point is reached, a rock can undergo fundamental changes while in a solid state — morphing from one type to another without melting.

Slide14Heat & Pressure• An additional factor that can transform rocks is the pressure caused by tons of other rocks pressing down on it from above; heat and pressure usually work together to alter the rocks under the earth's surface. This kind of change, which results from both rising temperature and pressure, is called metamorphism, and the resulting rock is a  metamorphic rock.

Slide152. Cooling• Similarly, liquid magma also turns into a solid — a rock — when it is cooled. Any rock that forms from the cooling of magma is an igneous rock. Magma that cools quickly forms one kind of  igneous rock , and magma that cools slowly forms another kind.

Slide163. Compacting & Cementing• What happens to a loose pile of garbage when it's put into a compactor? The squeezing of the machine produces a solid cube of compacted garbage.

Slide17Compacting & Cementing• The same thing happens to sediment formed from the weathering and erosion of rock. Over time, sediment accumulates in oceans, lakes, and valleys, eventually building up in layers and weighing down the material underneath. This weight presses the sediment particles together, compacting them. Water passing through the spaces in between the particles helps to cement them together even more. This process of compacting and cementing sediment forms sedimentary rock.

Slide184. Erosion• The process by which soil, sediment, and small pieces of rock are carried away from their original locations and transferred elsewhere by the actions of wind, water, ice, or living organisms.

Slide195. Weathering• The process by which rocks are worn down by wind and water, creating sediment.  

Slide206. Melting• The process that turns any rock into magma. Melting a rock requires extremely high temperatures, which only occur far beneath the earth's surface.

Slide21The Rock Cycle Diagram• The main idea is that rocks are continually changing from one type to another and back again, as forces inside the earth bring them closer to the surface (where they are weathered, eroded, and compacted) and forces on the earth sink them back down (where they are heated, pressed, and melted). So the elements that make up rocks are never created or destroyed — instead, they are constantly being recycled. The rock cycle helps us to see that the earth is like a giant rock recycling machine!