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What are the properties of metamorphic rocks?

Metamorphic rocks are formed from other rocks that are changed because of heat or pressure. They are not made from molten rock – rocks that do melt form igneous rocks instead. Earth movements can cause rocks to be deeply buried or squeezed. As a result, the rocks are heated and put under great pressure .

What does foliation tell you about a rock?

One of the first steps towards identifying metamorphic rocks is to determine if it has foliation or not. Foliation means banding or alignment of the minerals resulting from pressure. A good example of that is the banding present in a metamorphic rock called gneiss, pronounced “nice”.

What does foliation look like?

Foliation is exhibited most prominently by sheety minerals, such as mica or chlorite. Foliation among the gneisses appears as distinct alternating bands of platy minerals and coarse-grained minerals; however, gneisses do not split, or cleave, along their planes as schists do.

Could a rock go through the entire cycle in our lifetime?

The Earth’s rocks do not stay the same forever. They are continually changing because of processes such as weathering, erosion and large earth movements. The rocks are gradually recycled over millions of years. For example, sedimentary rocks can be changed into metamorphic rocks.

How do you break apart a rock?

Use a small hammer to lightly tap on the top of the chisel to make sure that it’s firmly implanted in the rock. Hammer on the chisels to break the rock. Depending on the size of the rock, use a hammer or sledgehammer to hammer in the chisels into their respective holes, alternating between them on each swing.

How do you break a rock?

Rock abrasion occurs when rocks collide with one another or rub against one another. Collisions, if they are strong enough, can cause pieces of rock to break into two or more pieces, or cause small chips to be broken off a large piece.

What happen to a rock when it is exposed to higher temperature?

When rocks are exposed in high temperature, the rocks will melt and turn into magma. And when magma rises on the surface and comes out during volcanic eruption, new rocks are being formed. New rocks are created as magma rises on the surface of the earth cools down forming igneous rocks.