Rocks and Minerals

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Transcript Rocks and Minerals

Properties and the Three Types of
 Geologist- A scientist
that studies the
properties of rocks to tell how they may have
 Mineral- A naturally occurring substance that
is not a plant or animal
 Rocks are made of at least one type of
mineral, sometimes many.
 Geologist study different properties of
minerals in order to identify and classify
Properties of Minerals
 Color-
This is
not always
because many
rocks are the
same color.
Texture- the way
the rock feels.
This property helps,
BUT many rocks
have the same
textures and feel the
Texture examples:
rough, smooth,
gritty, coarse
Luster-The way a
mineral reflects light.
EX: Shiny, metallic,
glassy, greasy, dull.
Diamonds have
a glassy luster.
Galena has a
metallic luster.
Streak- The line left
when a mineral is
rubbed on a piece of
unglazed tile.
For example, gold
leaves a gold streak,
but pyrite (fool’s gold)
leaves a black streak.
 Hardness-
The ability of one mineral
to scratch another. Can be tested
with a fingernail, penny, or an iron
 For example, talc is the softest
mineral. Diamond is the hardest.
 Mohs’ Scale- A rating that indicates a
mineral’s hardness.
Talc is the softest.
Diamonds are a 10 on Mohs’ Scale.
This means they can scratch any other
Another property is
how a rock breaks.
Most break into
chunks, but some
break into flat sheets.
This property is called
Mica looks like a normal rock, but
it breaks into flat, foil-like sheets.
A last property is
Density- how much
something weighs
compared to how
much space it takes
Think of a golf ball
and a ping-pong
ball: same size, but
totally different
A golf ball is more
3 Types of Rocks
1. Igneous (“Ring of Fire”)
2. Sedimentary (“Come Together”)
3. Metamorphic (“Changes”)
Ring of Fire
1. Igneous Rock- “fire-made”
rock formed from melted rock
 Can form under the
ground (magma cools) or
above ground (volcano
erupts, lava cools)
 If the lava cools slowly,
the rock feels more rough
or coarse.
 If it cools fast, the rock
feels smoother.
Obsidian formed when lava
cooled down fast.
Granite formed when magma
under the ground cooled
Come Together
2. Sedimentary RocksRock formed from bits
or layers of rocks
cemented together.
 Sediment- Deposited
rock particles and
other materials that
settle in a liquid.
These sediments will be pushed
together over time to form new rock
like this sandstone.
More Sedimentary Rocks
Relative Age- the
age of something
compared to the
age of another
The sediments of
a sedimentary
rock are all
different ages.
Fossils are found
in sedimentary
The oldest
layers are at
the bottom.
The farther
down, the
older because
the new layers
pile on top.
Ch, Ch, Ch, Ch, Changes
3. Metamorphic Rock- a rock whose form has
been changed by heat and pressure.
+ heat and =
The heat comes from the Earth’s core (which is all magma) and the
pressure comes from all the soil, rocks, and everything else pressing
down on the rock!!!