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Distinguish between the physical and chemical properties of minerals.
Investigate the structure and geometry of crystals.
Communicate scientific and technical information about how the dynamic nature of the rock cycle accounts for the interrelationships among rock and mineral types, and describe how the total amount of material stays the same throughout formation, weathering, sedimentation, and reformation.
Develop a visual model to illustrate the formation and reformation of rocks over time including processes such as weathering, sedimentation, and plate movement. The model should include a comparison of the physical properties of various rock types, common rock-forming minerals, and continental rocks versus the oceanic crust.
Develop a model that combines the rock cycle and the carbon cycle, which explains what leads up to and follows a major volcanic eruption and its effect on carbon storage and fluxes.