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3.8: Rocks and Processes of the Rock Cycle

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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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