Rocks and Minerals: A Gem of a Read! by Simon BasherSimon Basher is back with another zany primer to science! Following his 3 successful titles on the basics of chemistry, physics, and biology, ROCKS AND MINERALS is an in-depth look at the ground beneath our feet. Like his other titles, Basher presents these topics through charming and adorable illustrations and pairs them with basic information told from a first person perspective. He develops a community of characters based on the things that form the foundations of our planet: rocks, gems, crystals, fossils and more. And whats more, he makes it understandable, interesting, and cute. Its not what you expect out of a science primer.
Top 10 Interesting and Fun Facts About Rocks, Minerals, and Crystals
Amanda is a retired educator with many years of experience teaching children of all ages and abilities in a wide range of contexts. Igneous rock starts off deep within the earth as magma molten rock. The magma rises toward the surface where it may erupt from a volcano, or cool and solidify within the earth's crust. Igneous rock that erupts from a volcano and reaches the earth's surface is called "extrusive". Igneous rock that solidifies before it reaches the surface is called "intrusive".
Rocks are all around us. You can see rocks inside your house, in your yard, on your street, on a country road, everywhere you look. Statues, chalk, marble, pencil lead, sandpaper, glass, tombstones, bricks, the walls of your room, mountains, pebbles, soil, and volcanoes are all rocks!! Humans have used the metals and minerals in rock since the beginning of civilization. Rocks are used to build homes, an aluminum baseball bat, a washing machine, video games, airplanes, cars, and jewelry! Rocks aren't always solid. Sand and mud are rocks.
Rocks and Minerals. Enjoy our wide range of fun facts and information about different types of rocks and minerals for kids. Learn what rocks and minerals are, what the difference is, examples of rocks and minerals, the difference between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, Mohs scale of hardness and much more. Read on and have fun finding out about rocks and minerals. Minerals are naturally occurring substances formed by geological processes. They are usually solid and feature a crystal structure as well as specific physical properties and chemical composition. Physical properties of minerals include crystal structure, hardness Mohs scale , lustre how it reflects light and color, as well as more complicated properties such as streak, fracture, cleavage and density.
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You probably see rocks and even minerals almost every day. But what do you really know about them? Do you know how many minerals there are on planet Earth? Did you know that there are three types of rocks, and they are all formed in different ways by nature? Do you know some of the really cool ways rocks have helped people throughout history? Keep reading to find out! All minerals are solid, naturally forming, and have their own unique chemical composition.