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Igneous Rocks

 

Definition - Igneous rocks form from the solidification of molten rock (AKA lava or magma)

 

Lava - molten rock above the ground surface

Magma - molten rock below the ground surfaceIgneous Rock Cycle

 

 

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Igneous Rocks and Volcano Resources

 

Since a large percentage of Igneous Rocks come from volcanoes, one of the most widely known of geologic hazards, I figured I would add some Volcano Resources to the Igneous Rocks page.

 

Igneous Rocks               Global Volcanism Program

 

USGS

Volcano Hazards Program

 

Eruptions - Volcanism Blog

 

 

 


Types of Igneous Rocks


Identifying Igneous Rocks

 

The basic types of Igneous Rocks are listed below

Types of Rocks

Textures

Composition
Felsic Intermediate Mafic Ultramafic

Intrusive (Plutonic)

Pegmatitic Granitic Pegmatite Dioritic Pegmatite Gabbroic Pegmatite  
Phaneritic Granite Diorite Gabbro Peridotite

Extrusive (Volcanic)

Aphanitic Rhyolite Andesite Basalt  
Porpharitic  
Glassy Obsidian Basaltic Glass  
Vesicular Pumice Scoria  
Pyroclastic Volcanic Tuff  

 


Petrogenesis (Creating Rocks)

 

Volcano

 


Bowen's Reaction Series

 

Bowen's Reaction Series

 

Understanding Bowen's Reaction Series

 


Definitions Used for Identification

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Textures

     Visible Crystals:

 

Pegmatitic - This is when the crystals in the rock are larger than 1 cm across. This is the most common type of rock where gem stones are found due to the large crystal size.

 

Pegmatitic

 

Phaneritic - This is when crystals are between 1 mm and 1 cm

 

Phanertitic

 

     Non-Visible Crystals:

 

Aphanitic - This is when there are no visible crystals in the rock

 

Aphanitic

 

Porphyritic - This is when the background are not visible but there are large crystals "floating" in the mass

 

Porphyritic

 

Glassy - This is when there are no visible crystals and the surface is reflective (i.e. like glass)

 

Glassy

 

Vesicular - This is when the rock contains lots of air holes, causing the rock to be lighter then usual

 

Vesicular

 

Pyroclastic - This is when the rock forms from angular pieces of other rocks in a aphanitic matrix (similar to porpharitic but larger/angular crystals/ rock chunks)

 

Pyroclastic

 

Compositions

 

Felsic - "light" rocks, contain light colored minerals (Also low temp minerals See Bowen's Below) (quartz, Potassium feldspar, micas)

 

Felsic

 

Intermediate - A mixture of felsic and mafic, "salt and pepper" "light and dark" (Potassium feldspar, Sodium Plagioclase, Biotite, Amphibole)

 

Intermediate

 

Mafic - "dark" rocks, contain dark colored minerals (Also high temp minerals See Bowen's Below) (Pyroxene, Amphibole, Calcium Plagioclase)

 

Mafic

 

Utramafic - "green" rocks, contain green colored minerals (The highest temp on Bowen's) (Olivene)

Ultrmafic