Pictures of Igneous Rocks
Photos of Common Intrusive and Extrusive Igneous Rock Types
Article by: Hobart M. King, Ph.D., RPG
What are Igneous Rocks?
Igneous rocks are formed from the solidification of molten rock material. There are two basic types.
Intrusive igneous rocks crystallize below Earth's surface, and the slow cooling that occurs there allows large crystals to form. Examples of intrusive igneous rocks are diorite, gabbro, granite, pegmatite, and peridotite.
Extrusive igneous rocks erupt onto the surface, where they cool quickly to form small crystals. Some cool so quickly that they form an amorphous glass. These rocks include andesite, basalt, dacite, obsidian, pumice, rhyolite, scoria, and tuff.
Pictures and brief descriptions of some common igneous rock types are shown on this page.
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