Chapter 6. The Rock Cycle

Introduction

Learning Objectives

After carefully reading this chapter, completing the exercises within it, and answering the questions at the end, you should be able to:

  • Explain what a rock is.
  • 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.