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Rocks and Minerals

Rocks and Minerals

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Students should understand what minerals are and how to identify them.  They should be able to explain the differences between igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.  Finally, they should be able to identify mineral and rock samples using the Earth Science Reference Tables and the physical characteristics of the samples.

In this tutorial, you will be introduced to minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, and metamorphic rocks.  You will explore their physical and chemical characteristics, and how they can change over time.

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Tutorial

A Brief Introduction to Minerals

This video explores what mineral's are, how they are identified, how they make up rocks, and what criteria must be met for something to be considered a mineral.

Properties of Common Minerals

The Properties of Common Minerals chart from the New York State Earth Science Reference Tables.

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Igneous Rocks

An introduction to igneous rocks, how they form and how to identify them.

Scheme for Igneous Rock Identification

The Scheme for Igneous Rock Identification diagram from the New York State Earth Science Reference Tables

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Metamorphic Rocks

An introduction to metamorphic rocks, how they form, and their physical characteristics.

The Scheme for Metamorphic Rock Identification

The Scheme for Metamorphic Rock Identification diagram from the New York State Earth Science Reference Tables

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Sedimentary Rocks

An introduction to sedimentary rocks, how they form, and their physical characteristics.

The Scheme for Sedimentary Rock Identification

The Scheme for Sedimentary Rock Identification diagram from the New York State Earth Science Reference Tables

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The Rock Cycle

A nice overview of the rock cycle.

The Rock Cycle

The Rock Cycle diagram from the New York State Earth Science Reference Tables

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