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Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology
Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain the difference between a mineral and a rock

  • describe the textural differences between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks

  • account for these differences in terms of the processes that produce these rocks

  • classify igneous rocks according to their grain size and mineralogical composition

  • recognise the difference between a body fossil and a trace fossil.