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3.8: Rocks and Processes of the Rock Cycle

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TermDefinition
crystallization The formation of mineral grains from cooling magma.
erosion The transport of weathered materials and sediments by water, wind, ice, or gravity.
igneous rock A rock formed from cooled magma.
metamorphic rock A rock that forms from a previous rock that is exposed to heat and/or pressure.
metamorphism A solid state change in an existing rock due to high temperature and/or pressure that creates a metamorphic rock.
precipitate Solid substance that separates out of a liquid to form a solid, usually when the liquid evaporates.
rock cycle The never-ending cycle in which one rock type changes into another rock type.
sediment Small particle of soil or rock deposited by wind or water.
sedimentary rock A rock that forms from the compaction of sediments or the precipitation of material from a liquid
sedimentation Sediments are laid down in a deposit.
weathering The chemical or physical breakdown of rocks, soils, or minerals at Earth's surface.

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