Connecticut Metamorphic Rocks Scroll down to see all the Metamorphic Rocks: Gneiss Medium to coarsegrained. Colors: Light and dark occurring as bands or stripes. Very hard rock. Chunky in shape. Forms when igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic rocks are changed by lots of heat and pressure. Schist Medium to coarsegrained rock usually covered with shiny mica flakes. Colors- Usually silvery, sometimes gold colored. Soft to medium hard rock. Mica easily flakes off. Found often in layers. Splits into flat layers. Forms when igneous or sedimentary rocks are changed by heat and pressure, but not as much as in gneiss. Phyllite Fine- grained. Color: Greenishgray. Has a shiny "greasy" look. Medium-soft rock which splits into wavy layers with sharp edges. Forms when igneous or sedimentary rocks are changed by heat and pressure, but not enough heat and pressure to become schist. Marble Fine- grained. Color: White (sometimes with dark swirls). Very hard rock. Chunky in shape. Found in layers. Forms when limestone is changed by heat and pressure. Quartzit e Medium to finegrained. Colors: Tan, or white Hard rock with sandpaper-like surface. Chunky in shape. Rounded pebbles often found on the beach. Forms when the mineral quartz (such as in quartz sandstone) is changed by heat and pressure.