The Rock Cycle

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Geologists classify rocks into three groups according to the major earth process that formed them. The three groups are igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.

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The Rock Cycle

  1. 1. The Rock CycleMining Matters II ◆ The Earth’s CrustIgneous RockMetamorphic RockSedimentary RockMagmaMagmaIgneous RockMELTINGCOOLINGMetamorphic RockIgneousIntrusivePlutonicRockVolcanicExtrusiveIgneousRockAshHeatandPressureLavaHeatandPressureErosionWeatheringSedimentaryRockDepositionTransportationHeatandPressureLithificationSediment to Sedimentary RockLayers of LavaSand, Gravel, SiltMELTING

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