Chapter 6. The Rock Cycle
Adapted by Karla Panchuk from Physical Geology by Steven Earle
After reading this chapter and answering the Review Questions at the end, you should be able to:
- Explain what a rock is.
- Summarize the main characteristics of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.
- Describe the rock cycle and the types of processes that lead to the formation of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.
- Explain why there is an active rock cycle on Earth.