the definition of igneous
the planet with four layers
light coloured minerals
packed together nicely
a type of sedimentary rock made of pebbles and stones
white or colourless mineral
soft sedimentary rock made from clay or mud
force against an object
the layer of sediments that has layers above and below it
small pieces of ground up rock
a small space in rock lined with crystals or minerals
the layering of metamorphic rocks
type of rock made up of the other two
outside layer of the earth
formed when magma cools quickly with little or no crystals formed
a type of weathering when soil and rock are worn away
the remains of a prehistoric animal or plant
a dark sedimentary rock formed by mud
most of these are crystals
a sedimentary rock made from angular shaped fragments
cools quickly with little to no crystals
wavy features found on some sandstones
there are many ______ in sedimentary rocks
small broken piece of something
a white metamorphic rock with streaks of colour
hard, dark volcanic rock
the center of the earth
mountain or hill where lava shoots out
often have layers like cake
a sedimentary rock made up of rocks, minerals, and shells
often have geometrical shapes
a rock made from magma or lava
lava is formed by it cooling
an igneous rock that floats
dark coloured rocks
white or colourless mineral found in caves
cools slowly with larger crystal formation
the layer just under the earth's crust
common metamorphic rock containing soapstone
a very common sedimentary rock

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