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Rocks and Minerals
Study Guide
1. What is the difference between a rock and a mineral? What characteristics do they have in
common? What differences do they have?
2. What are the 5 common characteristics of minerals?
3. Is coal a mineral or rock? Why?
4. Describe two ways that minerals generally form.
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B.
5. If I have an unknown mineral or unknown rock, what are eight tests or physical properties I
could use to identify the unknown specimen? Please describe each of these tests/properties in
detail below.
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6. Please describe the 3 rocks we have mentioned in class in as much detail as you can.
7. If an igneous rock is transformed into a sedimentary rock, what is this process called and
what 5 steps need to take place for this to occur? (Describe each of the steps below)
Process name:
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8. If a sedimentary rock is transformed into a metamorphic rock, what is the process called and
what 4 conditions much be present for this to occur? (Describe each of the steps below)
Process name:
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9. If a metamorphic rock is transformed unto an igneous rock, what 3 processes have to occur?
(Describe each of the steps below)
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B.
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10. Igneous ricks are often classified based upon whether or not they are intrusive or extrusive.
What is the difference between intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks?
Intrusive Igneous Rocks:
Extrusive Igneous Rocks:
11. Describe the other way that igneous rocks can be classified.
12. List at least 4 examples of igneous ricks we have talked about in class.
13. List and describe the 3 classification groups for sedimentary rocks. For each classification
grouping list at least 2 examples if rocks that would fit within that group.
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14. Metamorphic rocks are classified based upon whether or not their minerals are foliated.
What does it mean for a rock to have foliated minerals?
15. We talked about 6 ways or conditions that rocks need to be out under to become
metamorphic rocs. List and describe those six ways or conditions below.
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16. List 3 example of metamorphic rocks and what their original rock was before they
underwent recrystallization.
17. What type of rock am I going to find fossils in? Why?
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