The Rock Cycle

  • What shows how nature recycles earth materials?
  • What is the term for liquid rock?
  • What is the term for liquid rock within the earth?
  • What is the term for liquid rock at or near the earth's surface?
  • What is the rock family associated with molten rock which has cooled and solidified?
  • The term fire rocks refers to which rock family?
  • What process acts to break the rock?
  • What process wears away and removes the rock?
  • What process drops the rock material?
  • What is the term for loose rock debris?
  • What is the term which means "turned into rock"?
  • What two processes result in lithification?
  • What rock family results from rock material being lithified?
  • What effect does heat, pressure, and/or chemical action have on rock?
  • What does metamorphism mean?
  • True or False: Metamorphism involves melting of rock material.
  • Which rock family is produced as a result of heat, pressure, and/or chemical action without melting?
  • To which rock family will the rock belong if metamorphic rock is heated and melted and then cooled and solidified?
  • To which rock family will the rock belong if metamorphic rock is weathered, eroded, and deposited, and the material is lithified?
  • To which rock family will the rock belong if the metamorphic rock undergoes heat, pressure, and/or chemical action and is changed?
  • To which rock family will the rock belong if an igneous rock is heated and melted then cooled and solidified?
  • To which rock family will the rock belong if an igneous rock is exposed to heat, pressure, and/or chemical action and changed?
  • To which rock family will the rock belong if a sedimentary rock is heated and melted then cooled and solidified?
  • To which rock family will the rock belong if a sedimentary rock is exposed to weathering, erosion, and deposition and then lithified?
  • True or False: Each rock family forms by different processes.
  • What shows the way in which earth materials are recycled over and over again through geologic time?

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