Geography: High School: 9th and 10th Grade Quiz - Classifying Rocks and the Rock Cycle (Questions)

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Understanding physical geography and landforms is a crucial part of any high school geography syllabus. From mountains to beaches, the surface scenery is heavily influenced by the rocks beneath the surface and by what has happened to them. The first step to understanding the processes that give us the countryside we see around us is to discover the three main groups of rock and how they are related to each other.

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The Earth started life as a collection of dust and gas orbiting the Sun. Gradually, gravity brought the materials together to form the early Earth. This was a high energy environment, chunks of rock from the size of dust particles to lumps that were many kilometers across crashed into each other. By the time that all of the dust, rocks and gas had collected into a single planet, it was a hot, volcanic place with a thin solid crust and molten center.

The first rocks that formed were therefore igneous rocks. Igneous rocks are formed from molten material that has cooled and solidified. This molten material can either solidify at the surface of the Earth or beneath the surface, which gives rise to two types of igneous rock - extrusive and intrusive. This can be a little confusing at times but if you just remember that you go out through an exit so extrusive rocks have come out of a volcano.

When these first igneous rocks had formed, together with an atmosphere, weathering and erosion could take place. Weathering is the breaking down of rocks in situ (where they were formed) into smaller particles. This can be physical e.g. freeze-thaw weathering or it can be chemical e.g. attack by acid in rain and the atmosphere. As the rocks are weathered, wind and rain move the smaller particles downhill (erosion), eventually ending up in streams, then rivers. Through a variety of different processes, they are deposited at the edges of rivers, in lakes or the sea. Over millions of years, they are laid down in layers of sediment, compacted by the weight of overlying material and cemented by compounds deposited by circulating groundwater. The weathered materials have become a different type of rock called sedimentary.

Earth processes then caused these sedimentary rocks to be subjected to high temperatures and pressures. This changed them into new rocks. The process of change is called metamorphosis and so they are called metamorphic rocks. The important thing to realize is that, during this time of change, the sedimentary rocks had never been melted. If they had, and then solidified at a later date, they would have returned to being igneous rocks. Metamorphic rocks are usually hard and resistant to weathering, however, over long periods of time they do weather and are recycled as sedimentary rocks. If they are deeply buried in the Earth, they can melt and be recycled as igneous rocks.

The relationship between the three groups of rock is called the rock cycle and is a slow process that operates all the time. All rocks undergo weathering and can be changed into sedimentary rocks. All rocks can be subjected to high heat and pressure to become metamorphic rocks. All rocks can be melted to reform eventually as igneous rocks. When looking at a rock, you can only ever know its most recent history - the chemicals that make it up will probably have been through the rock cycle in different ways, many times over.

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1. Rocks that are made from small particles formed by weathering and erosion are ...
[ ] igneous rocks
[ ] sedimentary rocks
[ ] metamorphic rocks
[ ] mud
2. Which type of rock can become an igneous rock?
[ ] Igneous
[ ] Metamorphic
[ ] Sedimentary
[ ] Any
3. How are metamorphic rocks formed?
[ ] By melting other rocks
[ ] By heating and compressing other rocks
[ ] By cooling other rocks
[ ] By dissolving other rocks
4. Where do metamorphic rocks form?
[ ] Under mountain ranges
[ ] On the beds of seas and lakes
[ ] At the sea shore
[ ] In volcanic craters at the surface of the Earth
5. Which of the following describes weathering?
[ ] The breaking down of rocks where they are found
[ ] The breaking down of rocks during transport
[ ] Rain falling on a piece of rock
[ ] A rock dissolving in acid
6. Which of the following statements about the rock cycle is not true?
[ ] All rocks can undergo weathering and erosion to form sedimentary rocks
[ ] Igneous rocks are formed when other rocks are melted and then solidified
[ ] Metamorphic rocks are formed by heat and pressure
[ ] Metamorphic rocks are the end product of the rock cycle
7. Which of the following is a property of a metamorphic rock?
[ ] Porous
[ ] Soft and easily eroded
[ ] Formed because of enormously high temperature and pressure
[ ] Made by the action of flowing water
8. Rocks that are formed from lava are called ...
[ ] intrusive igneous rocks
[ ] extrusive igneous rocks
[ ] magma
[ ] metamorphosed sedimentary rocks
9. Magma is ...
[ ] solid rock
[ ] liquid rock
[ ] gaseous rock
[ ] a mixture of all three rock types
10. Sedimentary rocks are formed ...
[ ] in volcanoes
[ ] deep under mountain ranges
[ ] on the sea bed
[ ] on the side of a mountain
Geography: High School: 9th and 10th Grade Quiz - Classifying Rocks and the Rock Cycle (Answers)
1. Rocks that are made from small particles formed by weathering and erosion are ...
[ ] igneous rocks
[x] sedimentary rocks
[ ] metamorphic rocks
[ ] mud
Weathering and erosion is a constant but very slow process
2. Which type of rock can become an igneous rock?
[ ] Igneous
[ ] Metamorphic
[ ] Sedimentary
[x] Any
Any rock, if it is melted and then solidified, becomes an igneous rock
3. How are metamorphic rocks formed?
[ ] By melting other rocks
[x] By heating and compressing other rocks
[ ] By cooling other rocks
[ ] By dissolving other rocks
Some metamorphic rocks are formed mainly by the pressure caused by being deeply buried. Others are formed mainly by the heat from nearby molten magma and some are formed equally from the heat and pressure of being buried deep in the Earth
4. Where do metamorphic rocks form?
[x] Under mountain ranges
[ ] On the beds of seas and lakes
[ ] At the sea shore
[ ] In volcanic craters at the surface of the Earth
The temperatures and pressures needed to make most metamorphic rocks are only found where plates are colliding. The greatest pressures and temperatures are found under mountain ranges but there are exceptions to this, e.g. marble can be formed well away from plate boundaries
5. Which of the following describes weathering?
[x] The breaking down of rocks where they are found
[ ] The breaking down of rocks during transport
[ ] Rain falling on a piece of rock
[ ] A rock dissolving in acid
The last two alternatives could be a part of weathering, the full description is the first answer
6. Which of the following statements about the rock cycle is not true?
[ ] All rocks can undergo weathering and erosion to form sedimentary rocks
[ ] Igneous rocks are formed when other rocks are melted and then solidified
[ ] Metamorphic rocks are formed by heat and pressure
[x] Metamorphic rocks are the end product of the rock cycle
Any rock can be changed into any other type of rock during the rock cycle
7. Which of the following is a property of a metamorphic rock?
[ ] Porous
[ ] Soft and easily eroded
[x] Formed because of enormously high temperature and pressure
[ ] Made by the action of flowing water
They are usually very resistant to weathering and erosion
8. Rocks that are formed from lava are called ...
[ ] intrusive igneous rocks
[x] extrusive igneous rocks
[ ] magma
[ ] metamorphosed sedimentary rocks
Extrusive rocks are formed at the surface of the Earth
9. Magma is ...
[ ] solid rock
[x] liquid rock
[ ] gaseous rock
[ ] a mixture of all three rock types
Some students confuse magma and lava. Lava is a word used to describe magma that has flowed out onto the surface of the Earth
10. Sedimentary rocks are formed ...
[ ] in volcanoes
[ ] deep under mountain ranges
[x] on the sea bed
[ ] on the side of a mountain
They can also be formed on the beds of lakes or other places where the flow of water is very slow and there are even sedimentary rocks that have formed from sand in deserts!