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View Resource Rocks and Minerals

This unit provides younger students with an introduction to rocks and minerals. Topics include the definition of a mineral, the physical properties of minerals and how they are measured, and a discussion of quartz, the most basic silicate mineral and one of the most abundant minerals in the Earth's crust. The discussion on rocks includes the rock cycle, the three rock types (igneous, sedimentary,...

View Resource Rocks and Geology in the San Francisco Bay Region

This guide provides illustrated descriptions of 46 common and important varieties of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rock found in the San Francisco Bay region. Rock types are described in context of their identification qualities, how they form, and where they occur. The guide also provides a discussion of regional geology, plate tectonics, the rock cycle, the significance of the selected...

View Resource Metamorphic Rocks

This interactive lesson on metamorphic rocks starts with a review of the rock cycle and goes on to describe the relationship between metamorphic rocks and their parent rock. The lesson then describes the agents of metamorphism (temperature, pressure, and chemical change) and moves into a discussion on contact, regional, and dynamic metamorphism. The remainder of the lesson consists of...

View Resource Rock Cycle Animations

This site features Flash animations that illustrate various facets of the rock cycle. The visualizations depict rock-forming processes, such as erosion, transportation, deposition, cementation, crystallization, subduction, and eruption, that create sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks. They also show cooling environments that result in varied crystal sizes and demonstrate igneous rock...

View Resource Structural Geology Lab

This is a general structural geology page where some pictures and definitions of fault blocks can be found.

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