Rock Types and how they are formed
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Metamorphic Rock is a rock that undergoes tremendous pressure and heat to be compressed. Earth movements can cause rocks to be deeply buried or squeezed. As a result, the rocks are heated and put under great pressure. They do not melt, but the minerals they contain are changed chemically, forming metamorphic rocks. Sometimes, metamorphic rocks are formed when rocks are close to some molten magma, and so get heated up.
When a metamorphic rock is formed under pressure, its crystals become arranged in layers. Slate, which is formed from shale, is like this. Slate is useful for making roof tiles because its layers can be split into separate flat sheets. Marble is another example of a metamorphic rock. It is formed from limestone.
Quartzite and marble are commonly used for building materials and artwork. Marble is beautiful for statues and decorative items such as vases. Ground up marble is also a component of toothpaste, plastics, and paper.
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