Students will interpret the geologic conditions and processes that form different rocks and minerals.
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Describe how minerals form under diverse geological conditions.
Distinguish between the processes that form plutonic (intrusive) and volcanic (extrusive) igneous rocks of differing compositions, including magmatic differentiation.
Differentiate between processes that form various types of sedimentary rocks.
Interpret the changes in common sedimentary and igneous rocks under a variety of metamorphic conditions.