Metamorphism of Rocks: Definition, Process & Influencing Factors


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Which of the following is NOT an influencing factor that transforms pre-existing rocks into metamorphic rocks?

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1. When limestone undergoes metamorphism to become marble, the size of the crystals change, but the composition remains unchanged. This is an example of which metamorphic process?

2. Which metamorphic process results in the formation of new minerals?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Metamorphic processes are the processes that transform pre-existing rocks into metamorphic rocks. This quiz/worksheet combination tests your understanding of these processes. You'll be asked to identify the different metamorphic processes from their definition or an example.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following information will be assessed:

  • Factors that help transform pre-existing rocks into metamorphosis rocks
  • Metamorphic process that forms new minerals
  • Process that involves fluids and heat changing the chemical composition of a rock

Skills Practiced

Students will practice the following skills in these assessments:

  • Distinguishing Differences- compare and contrast topics from the lesson such as the main metamorphic processes
  • Information Recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding factors that transform rocks into metamorphic rocks
  • Reading Comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the rock metamorphosis process

Additional Learning

To learn more about rock metamorphosis, review the accompanying lesson, Metamorphism of Rocks: Definition, Process & Influencing Factors. Objectives covered include:

  • Know what metamorphic rocks are
  • Understand the influencing factors that can transform pre-existing rocks into metamorphic rocks
  • Differentiate between the main metamorphic processes
  • Learn how coal is created by a metamorphic process