rock and unconsolidated material

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The majority of geological data comes from research on solid Earth materials. These typically fall into one of two categories: rock and unconsolidated material.

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Geologic materials[edit]The majority of geological data comes from research on solid Earth materials. These typically fall into one of two categories: rock and unconsolidated material.Rock[edit]This schematic diagram of the rock cycle shows the relationship between magma and sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rockMain articles:Rock (geology)andRock cycleThere are three major types of rock:igneous,sedimentary, andmetamorphic. Therock cycleis an important concept in geology which illustrates the relationships between these three types of rock, and magma. When a rockcrystallizesfrom melt (magmaand/orlava), it is an igneous rock. This rock can beweatheredanderoded, and thenredepositedandlithifiedinto a sedimentary rock, or be turned into ametamorphic rockdue to heat and pressure that change themineralcontent of the rock which gives it

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