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Rocks and Minerals
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nonliving solid that has a specific chemical structure. Did you ever look closely at sand? If so. coal is not a mineral because it comes from plants that lived long ago. you probably saw a mineral called quartz. Crystals can be large if they form under just the right conditions. Minerals are made up of crystals. You may have heard of ruby. The shape of a crystal is determined by this repeating pattern. You may be familiar with more minerals than you think you are. Copper is a familiar mineral.What are rocks and minerals? Minerals A mineral is a natural. But most crystals are tiny. A substance must fit all parts of this definition to be called a mineral. A crystal is an arrangement of particles with a pattern that repeats. You would need a microscope to see them. The crust of Earth has more than four thousand kinds of them! Yet only about two dozen are common. emerald. These rare. beautiful minerals are called gems. Pyrite Beryl The mineral magnetite is magnetic. and diamond. Selenite 2 3 . For example. Gold is a valuable mineral.
such as magnetite. It has a hardness of 1. diamond is Earth’s hardest known natural substance. The hardness scale goes from 1 (the softest) to 10 (the hardest).Identifying Minerals Minerals have properties that set them apart. Talc is a very soft mineral. For example. along flat planes. A mineral’s hardness tells how difficult it is to scratch its surface. Mineral Hardness 1 2 3 4 5 You can use color to identify minerals. But sometimes different samples of the same mineral can have different colors. You can also tell a mineral by the shape of its crystals. Scientists rank minerals by hardness. Other minerals do not split. or cleave. Luster is how a mineral looks in reflected light. But when its crystals have some chromium in them. 6 7 8 9 10 diamond quartz gypsum fluorite talc orthoclase calcite topaz corundum apatite 4 5 . but the reddish brown streaks show that all are hematite. They split in patterns that scientists can recognize. They break into uneven bits instead. Many minerals tend to split. Diamond has a hardness of 10. pure corundum has no color. corundum forms a ruby. which is a red gem. greasy. For example. A mineral may look like metal. The streak is the mark made when you rub it against a tile. The four mineral samples look different. quartz crystals look like hexagons. are magnetic. Some minerals have special properties. Cleavage is also used to identify minerals. A mineral’s streak shows its true color. Scientists use some key properties to identify minerals. A few minerals. or even waxy. In fact. Fluorescent minerals show colors under ultraviolet (UV) light.
Sedimentary rock is a kind of “history book. They are usually mixed into rocks. Marble is a metamorphic rock often used for buildings and sculpture. Marble is formed from limestone. Sedimentary rock is made up of bits of rocks and minerals.” Past events can be found in each of its layers. a sedimentary rock. It also comes from materials that settle out of seawater. known as fossils. Igneous rock forms when molten rock from inside Earth cools and hardens. It forms in layers. or chemical reactions change one type of rock into another. Limestone is a sedimentary rock is made up of the shells of tiny sea animals. Newer layers sit on top of the older ones. The oldest rock is at the bottom. A rock is a solid natural material made up of one or more minerals. Sedimentary Rock Igneous Rock Metamorphic Rock 6 7 . Metamorphic rock can be made from sedimentary rock or from igneous rock. Other igneous rocks form when lava cools on Earth’s surface.Rocks Most minerals are not found in their pure form. Such remains. heat. Some evidence is the remains of dead animals or plants. Some igneous rocks form below Earth’s surface. appear only in sedimentary rock. Metamorphic rock forms when pressure. They appear only after the rocks above them wear away.
and their particles may form sedimentary rocks. The minerals in them get recycled to form new rocks. Over time. Any type of rock can change into any other type in any order.Rocks are always changing in a pattern called the rock cycle. igneous rocks may erode. For example. The rock cycle does not always follow the same pattern. These processes can take millions of years. Rock Cycle Igneous rock Sediments Sedimentary rock Magma Metamorphic rock 8 9 . Or they can sink deep into Earth and melt to form new igneous rocks. Igneous rocks may also be buried and crushed to form metamorphic rocks. they break down. Study the diagram of the rock cycle to see all the ways that rocks can form and change.
The canyon formed 5 million years ago when the Colorado River cut through many layers of sedimentary rock. It is almost 1. When scientists find a trilobite fossil.6 kilometers wide and about 180 meters deep. You can see the hard outer skeleton. Finding these fossils in a rock can help scientists figure out the age of the rock. 10 11 . shells.Clues to the Past Every rock tells a story. Fossils Fossils are made when animal or plant remains are covered in mud. Scientists can learn much about Earth’s history by studying rocks. But it does not show how long ago each event took place. Because so many layers of rock are exposed. The Grand Canyon is one place that shows Earth’s history very clearly. such as bones. they know that the rock around it is from that period of time. minerals may replace the animal’s shell or bones. They use this fact to compare the age of each layer and the materials in it. Rocks offer clues to the past. They can make a giant hole called a crater. or wood. Each layer holds clues about events that took place long ago. This method allows scientists to put past events in time order. Scientists have learned how long ago these organisms lived. Sedimentary rocks hold a lot of information. Trilobites had three body segments. Trilobites are ancient relatives of insects. Scientists know that the deepest layers are the oldest. trilobites were ocean animals that lived about 500 million years ago. You may also see fossils of burrows and footprints. This means that the area where the rock formed was once an ancient sea. The crater formed when a giant rock hit Earth between twenty thousand and fifty thousand years ago. Space Rocks Some rocks fall from space and land on Earth. today visitors to the Grand Canyon can see more years of rock history than anywhere else on Earth. These parts are slow to rot away. When fossils form underwater. For example. Most fossils are formed from hard parts. Suppose you find a rock that has tiny shells in it. Barringer Meteor Crater is a huge bowl-like pit in the Arizona desert. Many fossils were made from organisms that no longer exist.
The second layer is the subsoil. Humus has important nutrients that plants need. Larger plants appear. covers the topsoil. can be caused by physical changes such as frost. fungi. Humus forms from rotted plant and animal remains. These tiny bits of rock. air. They break down the rock some more. they rot. Minerals carried away from the topsoil build up in the subsoil. Tiny plants start to grow. The first layer is the topsoil. fungi. Mature soil is home to many living things. The third and lowest layer is called parent rock. Rainwater and the chemicals it carries can also break down rock. More soil forms. Insects. Plants get water and minerals from soil.Why is soil important to living things? Forming Soil Soil is made up of weathered rock. Topsoil is a mixture of small bits of rock. along with the air and water. Loose organic matter. humus. such as dead leaves and twigs. drought. 12 13 . small animals. This process. Most of the living things in soil are found in the topsoil. are the nonliving parts that make up soil. Subsoil has less organic matter than topsoil. and plants grow in the particles. Almost all land organisms need soil to live. Organic matter is any substance that is made of living things or the remains of living things. or high heat. called weathering. You have read about the rock cycle. Air and water fill the spaces between the bits of rock. New soil begins when rock starts to break down. First small bits of rock collect on the surface. Soil forms in three layers. This layer has very little organic matter. and bacteria live in the soil. Rainwater sinks into the topsoil and washes minerals into the second layer. Rock bits get smaller and smaller as they weather. and the remains of living things. When these organisms die. water. Humus is the dark brown soil. This causes subsoil to have a lighter color. and other organic matter. It is rich in organic matter and holds many plant roots. bacteria. This is the beginning of soil. Over time. Layers form. Rocks are also part of the process that forms soil. Animals need plants for food.
Minerals in rainwater collect on the soil. Soil color depends on the organic matter it contains. Most soils are a mix of clay. On the other hand. It rains a lot in tropical climates. Soils from the forests of the eastern United States have lots of dark brown humus. Heavy rains wash minerals from the topsoil into the subsoil. Factors That Affect Soil Climate is a key factor that affects the soil in an area. For example. This is because much of the soil has worn away from their slopes. They have little organic matter. sand loam humus 14 15 . The minerals in the rock can affect how it weathers. This is the best kind of soil for plants. Clay soils hold water very well. The rain that does fall dries quickly. Not much grows in it. silt. • Loam is a type of soil that mixes clay. • Sandy soils are large-grained. you know that soil can look and feel different. Flat land usually has a thick layer of topsoil. They also affect its makeup. Weathering is slow in the desert. They hold water poorly. Soils with more organic matter are darker. Tropical soils have little humus. They mix the soil as they move through it. • Clay soils are fine-grained. The type of soil that forms also depends on the parent rock below it. They drain fairly well. and sand. Earthworms help the soil. silt. and sand in nearly equal parts. • Silt soils have medium-sized grains. They also break down organic matter. Weathering happens faster where there are heavy rains and high temperatures. So tropical topsoil is thin. reddish soils come from rocks that are rich in iron. Landforms also affect the soil on them. so they are much lighter in color. But clay soils can get waterlogged in heavy rains. Mountains usually have thin layers of topsoil. desert areas get little rain.Kinds of Soils Did you ever dig a hole in the ground? If so.
This publication is protected by Copyright and permission should be obtained from the publisher prior to any prohibited reproduction. Center (C).Vocabulary Glossary crystal crystal humus humus an arrangement of particles with a pattern that repeats the dark-colored organic part of soil formed from rotted plant and animal remains type of rock formed when molten rock cools and hardens type of rock formed when pressure. photocopying. recording. mechanical.. Left (L). 12 ©Barry L. 9 (TL) ©DK Images. Name the three types of rocks. Background (Bkgd). Runk/Grant Heilman Photography. Inc. Photo locators denoted as follows: Top (T). CR) ©DK Images. 8 ©Brian Sytnyk/Masterfile Corporation. heat. Scott Foresman. Write to tell how each is formed. storage in a retrieval system. write to: Permissions Department. BR) ©DK Images. For information regarding permissions. or transmission in any form by any means. Bottom (B). or chemical reactions change one type of rock into another a natural. 5 (BL. Compare and Contrast How are humus and loam alike and different? igneous rock metamorphic rock igneous rock mineral organic matter rock metamorphic rock sedimentary rock mineral 5. 1900 East Lake Avenue. Include details from the book to explain the main traits of each type of rock. or likewise. 10-11 Tony Randazzo Photographs: Every effort has been made to secure permission and provide appropriate credit for photographic material. 2 ©E. 6. How do scientists use the positions of rocks to learn about Earth’s history? 3. You can sort all of Earth’s rocks by how they were made. The publisher deeply regrets any omission and pledges to correct errors called to its attention in subsequent editions. Why must contaminated soil be cleaned as soon as possible? 4. a division of Pearson Education. BR. 3 (CR. (BR) ©Charles O’Rear/Corbis. CL. electronic. All Rights Reserved. 14 ©Breck P. BR. Right (R). CR) ©DK Images. Kent/Animals Animals/Earth Scenes ISBN 0-328-13994-7 Copyright © Pearson Education. Inc.R. (BL) ©Charles D. (BC) Natural History Museum/©DK Images. Unless otherwise acknowledged. Illinois 60025. 4 (TL. Printed in the United States of America. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 V010 13 12 11 10 09 08 07 06 05 16 . Busch. Inc. organic matter rock sedimentary rock Illustration: Title Page: Tony Randazzo . How can a piece of tile help identify a mineral? 2. BCL.. C. Winters/Photo Researchers. Glenview. nonliving solid that has a specific chemical structure any substance made of living things or the remains of living things a solid natural material made of one or more minerals type of rock made when bits of rocks and minerals settle in layers and harden What did you learn? 1. (TR) Richard M. Degginger/Color-Pic. all photographs are the property of Scott Foresman.
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