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Rock Cycle Animations

shows common rock-forming processes. See magma crystallize to form igneous rock, rock erosion to create sediment, transportation of sediment, deposition of sediment to create sedimentary rock, and the creation of a metamorphic rock. Animations can be paused and rewound to stress important points. (Carleton College, National Science Foundation)

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Interesting Fact:

Sediments become sedimentary rocks when they are cemented together. Dissolved minerals carried by water are deposited between grains, forming a natural cement that holds the sediments together.
See microscopic views of igneous crystals forming under different cooling conditions

Igneous rock crystallization animations


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