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An introduction to geology
An introduction to geology

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2.16 What type of rock is oceanic crust?

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Activity 2.3 Oceanic crust

Timing: Allow about 2 minutes







The correct answer is a.


The answer is igneous. It’s all made in volcanoes at the spreading centres, and cools from a molten state (the definition of igneous). The sea floor does get covered in sediment over time which is sedimentary, but the oceanic crust that it forms on is always igneous.