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Igneous rocks

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Igneous rocks

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Igneous rocks solidify from molten rock (called magma within the Earth and lava on the surface). They are identified by mineral content and texture — the size and shape of their mineral grains.

Texture is controlled by the rate of cooling: magma that cools slowly deep in the Earth forms rock with large crystals, and lava that cools quickly on the surface forms fine-grained rock.

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Earth Formation/Evolution

Keywords: Magmas, Minerals, Igneous rocks, Physical geology

Audience: General