Ch 26: Intro to Rocks, Minerals & Soil

About This Chapter

Each of the video lessons contained in this chapter will teach you about topics related to rocks, minerals and soil. Watch these lessons to learn about the rock formations that make up the Earth.

Intro to Rocks, Minerals & Soil - Chapter Summary

You can learn about the basics of rocks, minerals and soil by watching the online video lessons that are included in this chapter. Our lesson instructors will share with you their unique expertise in this particular area.

The lesson will provide you with comprehensive overviews of the different types of rocks, minerals and soil, including their defining characteristics and the specific differences between them. You will also learn about the ways in which natural processes affect the formation and development of each. Some specific topics you will learn about are:

  • Igneous, sedentary and metamorphic rock cycles
  • The three major types of rocks
  • The types, properties and examples of minerals
  • Erosion and deposition
  • The definition and explanation of weathering
  • The definition, structure and types of soil
  • Calculations related to porosity

The video tags included in each lesson will allow you to find the points in each video corresponding to the main points of the lesson, if you want to jump to a particular moment instead of watching from the beginning. Once you feel comfortable in your knowledge of the subject, you can take the lessons' practice quizzes and final chapter exam to check your comprehension. Finally, use your personal Dashboard to keep track of your learning progress moving through the chapter.

8 Lessons in Chapter 26: Intro to Rocks, Minerals & Soil
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Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

1. Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

In this lesson, we will discuss the three main types of rocks and how they are formed. The lesson also gives an introduction into how matter locked in rocks can be cycled through the earth.

Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups

2. Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups

Did you know that lava is molten rock that reaches the earth's surface? Furthermore, did you know that rocks exist in three general forms: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic? This lesson describes these rock types and examples of each.

What Are Minerals? - Types, Properties & Examples

3. What Are Minerals? - Types, Properties & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about minerals and their properties. You will also understand the importance and everyday use of different types of minerals found on Earth.

Rocks and Minerals: Definitions and Differences

4. Rocks and Minerals: Definitions and Differences

Can you tell the difference between a rock and a mineral? What makes a mineral so much different from a rock? Explore these questions in depth, and learn how we classify rocks and minerals.

Effect of Erosion and Deposition on Landforms

5. Effect of Erosion and Deposition on Landforms

Landforms are constantly being broken down and reformed by the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition. In this lesson, we explore chemical and physical weathering and how the face of the earth gets changed.

Weathering: Definition & Explanation

6. Weathering: Definition & Explanation

Discover how rocks and minerals are broken down by chemical and mechanical forms of weathering. Learn about some of the many geological formations created by weathering, from large caves to beautiful arches made of rock.

What is Soil? - Definition, Structure & Types

7. What is Soil? - Definition, Structure & Types

Soil is the material found on the surface of the earth that is composed of organic and inorganic material. Soil varies due to its structure and composition. Learn about the different types of soil and soil structures in this video lesson.

Porosity: Definition, Equation, Calculation & Measurement

8. Porosity: Definition, Equation, Calculation & Measurement

In this lesson, we will talk about porosity, a term that geologists use to describe how much empty space is inside a rock. We'll also look at the specific calculations used to figure porosity, which is usually given as a percentage.

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