Deforming rocks in the Laboratory
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Geologists conduct experiments on rocks to discover how they respond to heat and pressure. The results show what happens to rocks when they are buried at depth, and they help researchers to understand how geological structures observed in the field may have formed. Each of these marble cylinders above was compressed at high temperature and different pressures to illustrate how rocks behave under different conditions.
Topic: Earth Science
Subtopic: Earth Formation/Evolution
Keywords: Marble, Rock deformation, Rocks, Science--Experiments