Identifying Rocks

ROCK IDENTIFICATION KEYS

Mineral Identification Links that we used to identify minerals: https://fitz6.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/properties-of-minerals/

  1. ROCK ID– Follow the arrows and answer YES or NO- http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/investigations/es0610/es0610page02.cfm
  2. Rock Identification Tables: look at the descriptions and characteristics. Scroll down the page to find igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. http://geology.about.com/od/rocks/a/Rock-Tables.htm
  3. GeoMan’s Rock Identificationhttp://jersey.uoregon.edu/~mstrick/MinRockID/RockID/RockIDChart.html

ROCK IMAGES AND INFORMATION

  1. Rock Gallery IDhttp://geologyonline.museum.state.il.us/geogallery/browse.php?table=rocks
  2. Rock Pictures– scroll down for some clear examples- http://depthome.brooklyn.cuny.edu/geology/core332/geofield.htm
  3. Gallery of Common Rockshttp://www.rocksandminerals4u.com/igneous_metamorphic_sedimentary_rock.html

IGNEOUS ROCK CLASSIFICATION

  1. Igneous Rock Classification, click on rocks to see more details for each rock. http://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/IgnRx/IgnRx.html
  2. Igneous Rock Textureshttp://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/investigations/es0603/es0603page02.cfm
  3. Alphabetical List of Igneous Rockshttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/IgnRx/IgAlphabetical.html
  4. Igneous Rock Identificationhttp://facweb.bhc.edu/academics/science/harwoodr/geol101/labs/igneous/
  5. Igneous Rock Color Texture Keyhttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/IgnRx/igkey.html
  6. Color ID Keyhttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/IgnRx/keyc-t.html

SEDIMENTARY ROCK CLASSIFICATION

  1. Alphabetical List of Sedimentary Rockshttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/SedRx/Sedalphab.html
  2. Sedimentary Rock Identificationhttp://facweb.bhc.edu/academics/science/harwoodr/geol101/labs/sediment/index.htm
  3. The Trouble with Identifying Sedimentary Rocks- http://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/SedRx/troublewith.html
  4. Basic Sedimentary Identification Key- http://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/SedRx/basickey.html
  5. Clastic Rock IDhttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/SedRx/clastkey.html
  6. Chemical/Biological IDhttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/SedRx/chembiokey.html

METAMORPHIC ROCK CLASSIFICATION

  1. Alphabetical List of Metamorphic Rockshttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/MetaRx/Metaalphab.html
  2. Simple Metamorphic Classificationhttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/MetaRx/metasimple.html
  3. Key to Common Metamorphic Rockshttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/MetaRx/metkeyvrysp.html
  4. Basic Key to Metamorphic Rockshttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/MetaRx/metakeycom.html
  5. Foliated Metamorphic Keyhttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/MetaRx/keyfolia.html
  6. Non-foliated (Granular) Metamorphic Keyhttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/MetaRx/grankey.html
  7. Metamorphic Rock Identificationhttp://facweb.bhc.edu/academics/science/harwoodr/Geol101/labs/metamorf/index.htm
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One Response to Identifying Rocks

  1. Eileen S. Morris says:

    This is one of the best sites I have found to help my 4th graders identify rocks I have collected through the years. Thank you!

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