Volcanic vs Plutonic Igneous Rocks: Definition and Differences


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Which of the following is the general term used to describe rocks made from the cooling and solidifying of molten rock?

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1. What is another name for intrusive igneous rock?

2. Which of the following rocks are formed when lava cools and solidifies on the earth's surface?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet helps you understand what igneous rock consists of, the different ways it is formed, and the definitions of certain formations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will assess your knowledge of various aspects of igneous rock, including:

  • Batholiths
  • Plutons
  • Intrusive igneous rock
  • Extrusive igneous rock

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define terms, such as sills and dikes
  • Making connections - use understanding of the different contexts of cooling magma
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as intrusive and extrusive igneous rock
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you gained regarding how granite forms

Additional Learning

To review concepts regarding different types of igneous rock, read through the accompanying lesson titled Volcanic vs. Plutonic Igneous Rocks: Definition and Differences. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the different types of igneous rocks
  • Understand how sills and dikes are formed
  • Define terms such as batholith and pluton
  • Differentiate plutonic rocks from volcanic rocks