A Rock is Lively

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Buy the book here: http://www.chroniclebooks.com/titles/kids-teens/subject/animals-science/a-rock-is-lively.htmlFrom the award-winning creators of An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, and A Butterfly Is Patient comes a gorgeous and informative introduction to the fascinating world of rocks. From dazzling blue lapis lazuli to volcanic snowflake obsidian, an incredible variety of rocks are showcased in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this book introduces an array of facts, making it equally perfect for classroom sharing and family reading.

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Ge

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S n o w f l a k e Obsid

ian

Depending on what type of rock it is, a rock melts at temperatures between 1,300 and 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit (700 and 1,300 degrees Celsius).

Met

eor

oid

METEOROIDS

are rocks that range in size

from a grain of sand to a basketball. These shooting stars streak through space and sometimes slam into the moon, Earth, and other planets, breaking into fragments known as meteorites.Aster

oid

COMETS

are balls of rock and ice

sometimes called dirty snowballsthat are heated by the sun and soar through space, leaving glowing ribbons of dust behind them.

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ASTEROIDS

are gigantic chunks of

rocks and metal. They can weigh millions of tons. The largest known asteroid is 650 miles (1,050 kilometers) in diameter. It would take a person 352 hours, or nearly 14 days, to walk around it.

The oldest known rocks on Earth were formed billions of years before the sky turned from green to blue, before dinosaurs thundered across the earth, before humans learned how to make fire. The oldest rocks ever found are nearly 4.5 billion years old.

LEWISIAN GNEISS Scotland, 3 billion years old

METEORITE FRAGMENT Algeria, 4.4 billion years old

GREENSTONE Canada, 4.28 billion years old

ZIRCON CRYSTAL Australia, 4.1 billion years old

GRANITE United States, 2.5 billion years old

Considered by many to be the worlds largest rock, Australias Mount Augustus is a sandstone rock with an elevation, or height, of 3,628 feet (1,106 meters) above sea levelabout 1,000 feet (305 meters) higher than the worlds tallest skyscraper.

The carpets of sand on the floors and shores of oceans, lakes, and rivers come from larger rocks that have been ground, through weathering, into tiny grains.