Igneous Rock

Igneous rock is formed from cooled magma or lava. The magma turns solid as it cools, and eventually becomes rock. It is sometimes crystallized.

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Igneous Rock

What is igneous rock?

Igneous rock is one of the three main rock types based on the method of its formation. It is also referred to as plutonic or volcanic rock depending on where it formed. In a nutshell, to be classified as igneous, a rock must have crystallized and solidified from molten rock (magma) either below ground (intrusive igneous rock) or at or near the surface (extrusive igneous rock).

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What are the characteristics or properties of igneous rock?

Igneous rock usually appears with a well mixed texture without fossils, bands or layers, may contain vesicles (air bubbles or holes from trapped gases) and does not react with dilute acid.

Igneous rocks can:

Be glassy or frothy in appearance.

Be felsic, intermediate, mafic, or ultramafic in nature.

Be porous or full of bubbles.

Have large crystal structure like granites.

Have small crystal structure like basalts.

Have a combination of large and small interlocked crystals.

Be more dense than other rock types.

Have an interlocking crystalline structure.

Appear to be peppered with black specks.

Be light enough to float (pumice).

Igneous rocks run the gamut from white to black, glassy to coarse-grained.

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What affects the texture of igneous rock?

Rate of cooling of the magma, Chemical composition of the magma, Presence of volatiles.

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What are the three main types of rocks and their definitions?

Rocks are categorized into three distinct types based on their method of formation. The three types are igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Early in Earth's history, all rock was igneous, having formed from the cooling of melt on the surface.

An igneous rock is simply a rock that has solidified from magma or lava upon cooling. Igneous rocks can be intrusive (solidified from magma underground) or extrusive (solidified from lava at or near the surface). The bulk of Earth's crust is formed from igneous rock. Examples of igneous rock include basalt, obsidian, rhyolite, granite, diorite, gabbro, and pumice.

A sedimentary rock is one that is formed by the accumulation of small to large sediment particles derived from all three types of rock and in some cases organic material, and undergoes compaction, cementation, or evaporation from/precipitation from a saturated mineral solution. Sedimentary rock is classified as organic, (derived from organisms), clastic (formed from any size particle of preexisting rock), or non-clastic (also referred to as chemical), where the sedimentary rock is formed from the evaporation of a solution that is saturated with mineral compounds. Examples of organic sedimentary rocks are coal and limestone. Examples of clastic sedimentary rocks are conglomerate and shale. Examples of non-clastic or chemical sedimentary rocks are rock gypsum and rock salt.

A metamorphic rock is an igneous, sedimentary, or another metamorphic rock that has either been squeezed by incredible pressures deep underground and/or has been exposed to very high temperatures, altering its structure, mineral alignment, or chemical composition. Metamorphic rocks are classified as contact (from proximity to a magmatic intrusion) or regional (resulting from deep burial and pressures from plate collisions Metamorphic rock is also classified as foliated or non-foliated, foliation being the parallel alignment of the constituent minerals in bands that are perpendicular to the applied pressure. Metamorphic rocks can also be described by the grade of metamorphism which has taken place from low to high, high being the closest to the next stage in the rock cycle, melting. Examples of metamorphic rock are slate, quartzite, marble, phyllite, schist, and gneiss..

The three major types of rocks are sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous.

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What is the density of peridotite?

3.2-3.4 g/cm3

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Can you use Windex on granite tops?

yes, you will find you will get streaks as you would with most cleaning agents, i suggest after initial wipe using another cloth or tea towel and rub out the streaking.

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What is a name of a hard igneous rock?

There are many. A few would be diorite, granite, gabbro, and basalt.

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What is the molten rock found inside the volcano?


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What is the difference between intrusive and extrusive igneous rock?

Both are formed from the crystallization of minerals caused by the cooling of magma.

Intrusive igneous rocks cooled below the surface of the planet, however, and generally display larger crystals due to the increased amount of time spent at mineral crystallization temperatures from the insulating effect of surrounding material.

Examples: granite, gabbro, diorite, peridotite.

Extrusive rocks are formed from magma at or above the surface of the planet, and generally display smaller mineral crystals, or no crystals at all, because of the rapid cooling environment in which they form. Chemically, an intrusive and extrusive rock could be identical, the only difference being the size of the mineral crystals they contain.

Examples: obsidian, rhyolite, pumice, scoria, basalt.

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How are igneous rocks formed?

Igneous rocks are formed when magma crystallizes and cools into a solid form. There are two types of igneous rocks--intrusive igneous rocks and extrusive igneous rocks.


Intrusive igneous rocks are formed when the melted rock (magma) slowly rises toward, but does not reach the surface. As these pockets of magma cool slowly underground, minerals crystallize and the magma solidifies, becoming intrusive igneous rock, like granite and gabbro.


Igneous rocks are also formed when volcanoes erupt, causing the magma to rise above the Earth's surface. When magma appears above the surface, it is called lava. Extrusive igneous rocks are formed as the lava cools above ground. Examples of extrusive igneous rock are basalt, rhyolite, pumice, and scoria.
igneous rocks are formed by lava
Well When melted rock cools quickly, it hardens before any mineral crystals can grow large. as a result, igneous rocks that form above ground have small or no crystals :)
Igneous Rocks are made of magma and lava because it comes out of a volcano
From volcanoes.
from lava cooling.
Molten rock cools and turns solid.

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What can andesite rock be used for?

Nothing I searched everything

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What can you conclude from the color of igneous rocks?

Their origin, and chemical composition.

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Are pumice stones igneous rocks?


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What is 1 example of an igneous rock?

Granite, scoria, Pumice, and obsidian

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What are igneous rocks used for?

Because they are so hard, Igneous rocks make useful road building materials. When sheets of igneous rock are cut and polished, they are used inside buildings such as banks and offices, and are also used as gravestones. There are different types of igneous rock, therefore each type has its own uses, such as: Granite: Used for long lasting monuments, for trim and decoration on buildings. Pumice: Because they are so light, it is used quite often as a decorative landscape stone. If grounded to a powder, it is used as an abrasive in polish compounds and in Lava soap. Crystalline Igneous rocks can be used for jewelery and other similar things. Countertops and building stone. Lava soap, building materials, landscaping

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Are there any songs about igneous rocks?

The B-52s - "Lava".
Banco De Gaia - "Obsidian"
Pendulum - "Granite"
Big John Bates - "Rhyolite"

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What are igneous rocks?

Igneous rocks are rocks that form from the cooling of molten rock either on the surface as lava or tephra or underground as magma.

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Is glassy igneous rocks intrusive or extrusive?


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What kind of rock is formed when magma invades other rock?

Intrusive igneous rock.

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What is a lump of molten rock thrown out of a volcano called?

7 times

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What are igneous rock used for?

  • As durable roadbed aggregate or base layer.
  • Kitchen counter tops.
  • Gravestones and statues.
  • Decorative interior and exterior cladding.
  • As an abrasive and polishing stone.
  • Landscaping rock.
  • A favorite of ancient toolmakers.
  • Jewelery.
  • As an indicator as to the location of valuable mineral deposits.
  • As an aid in Earth science research.
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How do you cut granite worktops?

There are several types of cutting methods and apparatus depending on what type of cut you need. Diamond tip blades are usually used for cutting sections of a granite countertop. There is also a method called "Waterjet" which involves a high pressure jet of water travelling across the stone and effectively slicing through the surface. Very intricate shapes can be cut through this process , but it can be a slow and expensive way. Jason MD Mistermarble www.mistermarble.co.uk

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What kind of rock does magma form when it cools?

If the magma cools on the surface of the crust, it is called extrusive igneous rock, such as pumice, basalt or rhyolite. If the magma cools inside the crust, it is called intrusive igneous rock, such as granite.

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Where can igneous rock be found?

Igneous rock can be found on the surface in areas of current or past volcanism or in uplifted and eroded areas of past plutonic intrusions, deep underground nearly anywhere, or in areas of past or present glaciation, where igneous rock has been eroded and deposited.

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What are the two main types of igneous rocks?

Igneous rocks are classified as either extrusive or intrusive. Extrusive rocks form from lava at or above the ground, and intrusive rocks form from magma below the ground. Granite is intrusive, pumice is extrusive.


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