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Metamorphic Rock Formation

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Level 1 Metamorphic Rocks

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Our Level 1 Metamorphic Rocks textbook includes twelve lessons on metamorphic rock formation and the rocks that recrystallize due to heat and pressure into new rocks. Lesson topics include Regional Metamorphism, Foliated Rocks, Schist to Gneiss, Massive Rocks, Marble and Quartzite.  Each lesson contains 2-3 pages of written material of facts about metamorphic rocks, a quiz and an elementary science activity.

Myrna Martin introduces each lesson in the textbook on a video that can be purchased with our packages and courses. Myrna covers not only the main points in the lesson she also includes extra information on the topic that is not contained in the written material.

The elementary science activities are fun and easy to do in this textbook. Kids science activities include Flattening Minerals, Gneiss Rocks, Chart Time, Big and Small Spaces, and A Hot Time for Rocks.

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The teacher’s textbook is an exact copy of the student textbook. It includes the answers to the quizzes on each quiz page. A Teacher’s Notes page is located before each lesson with the following information

1. Lesson Content
2. Lesson Objectives
3. Activity information and materials needed
4. Vocabulary and definitions
5. Correlation with the National Science Standards

Metamorphic Rock Formation

Metamorphic rock formation occurs when continental plates collide. Colliding tectonic plates such as the collision between the Eurasian Plate and the Indian Plate creates extreme pressure on the edges to the crustal plates forming the Himalayan Mountains. Minerals in the rocks of these mountains recrystallized into stable minerals at the new extreme pressures. New metamorphic rocks form from igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks and older metamorphic rocks. Gneiss rocks are an example of metamorphic rock formation that occurs under extreme heat and pressure from older sedimentary rocks.

Contact Metamorphism

Contact metamorphism occurs when magma (molten rock) beneath volcanoes rises in the throat of a volcano or forms around large plutons that form in subduction zones. The formation of metamorphic rocks in contact zones form layers around the molten rock like the rind of an orange as the magma cools.

What is Gneiss?

Gneiss is a high-grade formation of metamorphic rocks that forms under extreme heat and pressure at the base of mountains where crustal plates are colliding. Minerals in schist recrystallize. Dark and light minerals that form when the schist is under extreme pressure rock migrate into bands. They form visible streaks and bands of light and dark minerals. Some of the bands of minerals form wavy lines.

What is Slate?

Slate is a low-grade metamorphic rock. The formation of slate in layers of shale occurs when mica minerals recrystallize due to heat and pressure. The pressure is perpendicular to the sedimentary layers forming thin sheets of mica minerals that easily separate between the minerals.  When mica minerals are visible under a microscope the shale has recrystallized into slate.

What is Marble?

Marble is recrystallized carbonate limestone or dolostone. Heat and pressure causes the minerals to recrystallize when hot magma (molten rock) moves upward toward the vent of a volcano prior to an eruption. The country rocks that surround the vent of a volcano often contain limestone and dolostone. These rocks turn into marble when the heat from the molten rock causes the minerals to recrystallize.

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