Igneous rocks are often used for construction because of their durability. Igneous rocks can also be separated to access the various valuable metals and minerals inside them. Igneous rocks form as magma comes to or near ... More »

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Igneous rocks are formed when magma crystallizes and solidifies. After this transition from liquid to solid, igneous rocks are classified as either intrusive or extrusive. More »

The most common type of igneous rock, basalt, also known as malfic rock, can be found on oceanic plates at divergent plate boundaries. Intermediate and felsic igneous rocks show up along continental margins, as well. Bec... More »

Grain size is one of the classification methods used when identifying igneous rocks. They are also classified by the silica content or silica saturation. Other methods of classification include the total alkali versus si... More »

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Humans use rocks for a wide variety of purposes, including construction and as a source of valuable minerals located inside the rocks. Additionally, humans use rocks for decoration, recreation and thermal purposes. Human... More »

Examples of igneous rocks include granite, pegmatite, diorite, gabbro, dunite and peridotite. Other examples of igneous rocks are kimberlite, rhyolite, quartz porphyry, dacite, latite, andesite, basalt, obsidian and pumi... More »

Igneous rocks are formed when melted lava or magma cools and crystallizes, and their unique traits are based on this process. They are strong because their mineral grains grow together tightly as they cool, and their min... More »