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The Rock Cycle Notes

rock a naturally occurring solid mixture of one or more minerals that may also include organic matter
weathering the process by which water, wind, ice and changes in temperature break down rock
sediment fragments of rock that has been broken down by weathering
erosion the process by which sediment is moved from one place to another
deposition the process by which sediment comes to rest
magma molten rock
lava when magma reaches Earth’s surface
igneous rock forms when magma or lava cools and hardens to become solid
sedimentary rock forms when minerals that form from solutions or sediment from older rocks get pressed and cemented together
metamorphic rock forms when pressure, temperature, or chemical processes change existing rock
rock cycle the series of processes in which rock changes from one type to another
uplift the rising of regions of the crust to higher elevations
subsidence the sinking of regions of the crust to lower elevations
rift zone an area where a set of deep cracks form
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