The Rock Cycle
The Rock Cycle
The Rock Cycle
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Rock Cycle Review Notes
Homework: Rock Cycle WebQuest
What is the Rock Cycle?
The idea that rocks are
from one type of rock
to another through
Are any of these rocks being
created or destroyed throughout
the processes of the rock cycle?
Key Words to Understanding the
Crystallization (Crystal Size)
Igneous rock is formed when
magma or lava cools and
INtrusive – when magma cools
cools slower = larger crystals
EXtrusive – when lava cools
cools faster = smaller crystals
What is the
lava and magma?
Metamorphic rock forms
from heat & pressure
Metamorphic means “to
change form” –
represents a chemical
Usually forms deep in
Earth’s crust BUT it can
form anywhere there is a
lot of heat & pressure
Where could these
regions of heat or
Sedimentary rock is formed by
layers of sediment being
pressed together over time.
Erosion and weathering near
Sediments are transported from
one place to another &
deposited in layers with the
oldest sediment on the bottom
The layers become compacted
and cemented together
What could these
Rock Cycle Self Quiz!
Fill in the numbered blanks in the Rock Cycle
diagram using words from the “Key Words to
Understanding the Rock Cycle” box – You may
need to repeat words!
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I get there!
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Extra Vocabulary Help
Please read through the next slides if you
need clarification on any of the vocabulary
presented in this lesson!
Slides 16-18: Igneous Vocab
Slide 19: Metamorphic Vocab
Slides: 20-27 Sedimentary Vocab
Slide 28: Study Jams Video Link
Melting & Cooling
Melting is the result of continued heating
Leads to production of magma or lava and new igneous rocks
which are formed when the the magma or lava cools.
Cooling leads to the magma or lava forming a solid igneous rock.
Magma is molten rock that is still inside of Earth
Lava is molten rock that is on Earth’s surface
When the magma or lava gets cool enough the minerals that will
make up the rock begin to crystallize and form an intergrown
mass of crystals.
If the crystals begin to form deep in the Earth where it is
relatively warm the magma cools slowly allowing the crystals to
grow relatively large.
If the magma reaches the surface, the lava cools quickly and the
crystals do not have time to grow very large.
If the crystals cannot grow at all and volcanic glass is formed.
This is what causes intrusive or extrusive igneous rocks
Heat and Pressure
Metamorphic rocks trapped underground are still subject to
enormous heat from rising magma, or heated water, and pressure.
Sometimes the heat can get so intense the rocks actually melt, but
often the change occurs when the rock is still a solid!
Pressure comes from the incredible weight of material surrounding
the rock on all sides. Or, for example millions of years of
sediment on top of each other.
The pressure pushes new minerals into the rock and drives other
minerals out; the result, of course, is that the rock is chemically
Examples of sediment can be pretty much anything like…
Materials, originally suspended in a liquid, (usually water) that
settles at the bottom of the liquid when it is left standing for a
long time – stream beds, mouth of rivers etc
Material eroded from preexisting rocks that is transported by
water, wind, or ice and deposited elsewhere
Organic material such as fossil fragments, shells, seeds, bones
The process in which rocks are broken down by chemical and/or
physical processes into smaller particles.
There are three types of weathering
Physical Weathering: physical action which breaks up rocks.
An example of this is freezing & thawing of water trapped in
the cracks or pores of rocks.
Chemical Weathering: When the rock is attacked by
chemicals. An example of this is how acid rain breaks down
Biological Weathering: Occurs when rocks are weakened and
broken down by animals and plants. A tree root system that is
slowly splitting rocks is an example of this type of
Erosion is the wearing away, or “mass wasting” of exposed
surfaces by natural forces such as wind, moving water and
ice. Rock fall under gravity is also erosion.
This is the removal process that follows weathering.
The result of this pressure
is a compaction of the
The sediment is squeezed
or “compacted” together
causing a reduction in
pore space and a sticking
together of the grains.
The pressure is often a
result of the layers of
sediment on top pressing
down on older layers.
Cementation – taking
Compaction a step further
Most sediments are
deposited in water
The water flows through
the sediment and some of
these minerals precipitate
on the grain surfaces.
With time, the liquid
material effectively glues
the sediment together into
a cohesive solid - a
Deposition & Transportation
The transportation process occurs when the
particles created by weathering are carried
or moved by ice, air, or water to a different
The sediment is then deposited or laid to
rest in that new location.
Study Jams – Rock Cycle
10 Points Extra Credit
Watch the video and answer these 3 questions:
How is the rock cycle similar to recycling?
Explain how each of the 3 types of rock can turn into
the other 2 types.
What are the physical and chemical changes that
allow the process of the rock cycle to occur?