Geology: Rock Mineral Formations
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Geology: Rock Mineral Formations
Next Generation: MS.ESS2.1 NGSS.MS

Geology: Rock Mineral Formations

Author: Nathan Lampson
This lesson will explore the process of rock mineral formations.
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Minerals are entirely inorganic solid chemical substances.  Minerals are made of a specific chemical composition.  The composition of minerals can vary from very simple to very complex.  Quartz is a mineral that is produced in igneous rock or sandstone.  Quartz has a specific pure chemical composition that defines it.


Rocks are composed of one or more minerals.  Minerals are the components that rocks are made of.  


Most minerals are formed when intense pressure and heat compresses rock into a dense crystalline structure.