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ConcepTest: Temperature Change over Time in Rock Formation

ConcepTest questions by David McConnell , David Steer , Walter Borowski, Jeffrey Dick, Annabelle Foos, Jeffrey Knott, Alvin Konigsberg, Michelle Malone, Heidi McGrew, Kathie Owens, and Stephen Van Horn


The graph below illustrates how the temperature changed with time for part of the rock cycle. Which of the following is best represented by the graph?

a. sediment is lithified to form sedimentary rock
b. sedimentary rocks are metamorphosed to form metamorphic rocks
c. metamorphic rocks are uplifted to Earth's surface
d. magma cools to form plutonic igneous rock
e. sedimentary rock is converted to magma

Time vs. Temperature of Rock Formation

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Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Resource Type

Activities:Classroom Activity:Short Activity:ConcepTests

Grade Level

College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

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Earth System Topics

Earth's Cycles:Rock Cycle, Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks,


Solid EarthPetrology


Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Rock Cycle, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Petrology, Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience