List of rock types

The following is a list of rock types recognized by geologists. There is no agreed number of specific types of rocks. Any unique combination of chemical composition, mineralogy, grain size, texture, or other distinguishing characteristics can describe a rock type. Additionally, different classification systems exist for each major type of rock.[1] There are three major types of rock: igneous rock, metamorphic rock, and sedimentary rock.

Igneous rocksEdit

A sample of andesite (dark groundmass) with amygdaloidal vesicles filled with zeolite. Diameter of view is 8 cm.
  • Adakite – Volcanic rock type
  • Andesite – Type of volcanic rock
  • Alkali feldspar granite – Type of igneous rock rich in alkali feldspar
  • Anorthosite – Mafic intrusive igneous rock composed predominantly of plagioclase
  • Aplite – Fine-grained intrusive igneous rock type similar to granite
  • Basalt – Magnesium- and iron-rich extrusive igneous rock
    • ʻAʻā – Basaltic lava with a crumpled appearance
    • Pāhoehoe – Basaltic lava with a flowing, often ropy appearance
  • Basaltic trachyandesite
    • Mugearite – Volcanic rock type
    • Shoshonite – Potassium-rich variety of basaltic trachyandesite
  • Basanite – A silica-undersaturated basalt
  • Blairmorite – Rare porphyritic volcanic rock
  • Boninite – Ultramafic extrusive rock high in both magnesium and silica
  • Carbonatite – Igneous rock with more than 50% carbonate minerals
  • Charnockite – Type of granite containing orthopyroxene
    • Enderbite – Igneous rock of the charnockite series
  • Dacite – Volcanic rock intermediate in composition between andesite and rhyolite
  • Diabase, also known as dolerite – Type of igneous rock
  • Diorite – Igneous rock type
    • Napoleonite, also known as corsite – Variety of diorite with orbicular structure
  • Dunite – Ultramafic and ultrabasic rock from Earth's mantle which is made of the mineral olivine
  • Essexite – Igneous rock type
  • Foidolite – Igneous rock rich in feldspathoid minerals
  • Gabbro – Coarse-grained mafic intrusive rock
  • Granite – Common type of intrusive, felsic, igneous rock with granular structure
  • Granodiorite – Type of coarse grained intrusive igneous rock
  • Granophyre – Subvolcanic rock that contains quartz and alkali feldspar in characteristic angular intergrowths
  • Harzburgite – Ultramafic mantle rock
  • Hornblendite – Plutonic rock consisting mainly of the amphibole hornblende
  • Hyaloclastite – Volcaniclastic accumulation or breccia
  • Icelandite – Igneous rock type
  • Ignimbrite – Type of volcanic rock
  • Ijolite – Igneous rock consisting essentially of nepheline and augite
  • Kimberlite – Igneous rock which sometimes contains diamonds
  • Komatiite – Ultramafic mantle-derived volcanic rock
  • Lamproite – Ultrapotassic mantle-derived volcanic or subvolcanic rock
  • Lamprophyre – Ultrapotassic igneous rocks – An ultramafic, ultrapotassic intrusive rock dominated by mafic phenocrysts in a feldspar groundmass
  • Latite – Type of volcanic rock – A silica-undersaturated form of andesite
  • Lherzolite – An ultramafic rock, essentially a peridotite
  • Monzogranite – A silica-undersaturated granite with <5% normative quartz
  • Monzonite – Igneous intrusive rock with low quartz and equal plagioclase and alkali feldspar – a plutonic rock with <5% normative quartz
  • Nepheline syenite – Holocrystalline plutonic rock – A silica-undersaturated plutonic rock of nepheline and alkali feldspar
  • Nephelinite – Igneous rock made up almost entirely of nepheline and clinopyroxene – A silica-undersaturated plutonic rock with >90% nepheline
  • Norite – A hypersthene-bearing gabbro
  • Obsidian – Naturally occurring volcanic glass
  • Pegmatite – Igneous rock with very large interlocked crystals
  • Peridotite – Coarse-grained ultramafic igneous rock type
  • Phonolite – Uncommon extrusive rock – A silica-undersaturated volcanic rock; essentially similar to nepheline syenite
  • Phonotephrite – A volcanic rock with a composition between phonolite and tephrite
  • Picrite – An olivine-bearing basalt
  • Porphyry – Textural form of igneous rock with large grained crystals in a fine matrix
  • Pumice – Light coloured highly vesicular volcanic rock
  • Pyroxenite – Igneous rock - a coarse grained plutonic rock composed of >90% pyroxene
  • Quartz diorite – Igneous, plutonic rock – A diorite with >5% modal quartz
  • Quartz monzonite – Type of igneous rock – An intermediate plutonic rock, essentially a monzonite with 5–10% modal quartz
  • Quartzolite – Extremely rare igneous rock made mostly of quartz – An intrusive rock composed mostly of quartz
  • Rhyodacite – Volcanic rock rich in silica and low in alkali metal oxides – A felsic volcanic rock which is intermediate between a rhyolite and a dacite
  • Rhyolite – Igneous, volcanic rock, of felsic (silica-rich) composition
    • Comendite – Hard, peralkaline igneous rock, a type of light blue grey rhyolite
    • Pantellerite – Peralkaline rhyolite type of volcanic rock
  • Scoria – Dark vesicular volcanic rock
  • Shonkinite – Intrusive igneous rock – a plutonic rock
  • Sovite – A coarse-grained carbonatite rock
  • Syenite – Intrusive igneous rock – A plutonic rock dominated by orthoclase feldspar; a type of granitoid
  • Tachylyte – Essentially a basaltic glass
  • Tephriphonolite – A volcanic rock with a composition between phonotephrite and phonolite
  • Tephrite – Igneous, volcanic rock – A silica-undersaturated volcanic rock
  • Tonalite – A plagioclase-dominant granitoid
  • Trachyandesite – Extrusive igneous rock – An alkaline intermediate volcanic rock
    • Benmoreite – Silica-undersaturated volcanic rock of intermediate composition - sodic trachyandesite
  • Trachybasalt – A volcanic rock with a composition between basalt and trachyte
  • Trachyte – Extrusive igneous rock – A silica-undersaturated volcanic rock; essentially a feldspathoid-bearing rhyolite
  • Troctolite – Igneous rock – A plutonic ultramafic rock containing olivine, pyroxene and plagioclase
  • Trondhjemite – Light-colored intrusive igneous rock – A form of tonalite where plagioclase-group feldspar is oligoclase
  • Tuff – Rock consolidated from volcanic ash
  • Websterite – A type of pyroxenite, composed of clinoproxene and orthopyroxene
  • Wehrlite – Ultramafic rock - An ultramafic plutonic or cumulate rock, a type of peridotite, composed of olivine and clinopyroxene

Sedimentary rocksEdit

Bituminous coal seam in West Virginia
Dolomite crystals from Touissite, Morocco
Turbidite (Gorgoglione Flysch), Miocene, South Italy
  • Argillite – Sedimentary rock, mostly of indurated clay particles
  • Arkose – Type of sandstone containing at least 25% feldspar
  • Banded iron formation – Distinctive layered units of iron-rich sedimentary rock that are almost always of Precambrian age
  • Breccia – Rock composed of broken fragments cemented by a matrix
  • Calcarenite – Type of limestone that is composed predominantly of sand-size grains
  • Chalk – Soft, white, porous sedimentary rock made of calcium carbonate
  • Chert – Hard, fine-grained sedimentary rock composed of cryptocrystalline silica
  • Claystone – Clastic sedimentary rock composed primarily of clay-sized particles
  • Coal – Combustible sedimentary rock composed primarily of carbon
  • Conglomerate – Coarse-grained clastic sedimentary rock with mainly rounded to subangular clasts
  • Coquina – Sedimentary rock that is composed mostly of fragments of shells
  • Diamictite – Type of sedimentary rock
  • Diatomite – Soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled
  • Dolomite (rock), also known as Dolostone – Sedimentary carbonate rock that contains a high percentage of the mineral dolomite
  • Evaporite – Water-soluble mineral deposit formed by evaporation from an aqueous solution
  • Flint – Cryptocrystalline form of the mineral quartz
  • Geyserite – Form of opaline silica that is often found around hot springs and geysers
  • Greywacke – Hard, dark sandstone with poorly sorted angular grains in a compact, clay-fine matrix
  • Gritstone – Hard, coarse-grained, siliceous sandstone
  • Itacolumite – A porous, yellow sandstone or schistose quartzite that is flexible when cut into thin strips
  • Jaspillite – Banded mixture of hematite and quartz
  • Laterite – Product of rock weathering in wet tropical climate rich in iron and aluminium
  • Lignite – Soft, brown, combustible, sedimentary rock
  • Limestone – Sedimentary rocks made of calcium carbonate
  • Marl – Lime-rich mud or mudstone which contains variable amounts of clays and silt
  • Mudstone – Fine grained sedimentary rock whose original constituents were clays or muds
  • Oil shale – Organic-rich fine-grained sedimentary rock containing kerogen
  • Oolite – Sedimentary rock formed from ooids
  • Phosphorite – Sedimentary rock containing large amounts of phosphate minerals – A non-detrital sedimentary rock that contains high amounts of phosphate minerals
  • Sandstone – Type of sedimentary rock
  • Shale – Fine-grained, clastic sedimentary rock
  • Siltstone – Sedimentary rock which has a grain size in the silt range
  • Sylvinite – A sedimentary rock made of a mechanical mixture of sylvite and halite
  • Tillite – Till which has been indurated or lithified by burial
  • Travertine – Form of limestone deposited by mineral springs
  • Tufa – Porous limestone rock formed when carbonate minerals precipitate out of ambient temperature water
  • Turbidite – Geologic deposit of a turbidity current
  • Wackestone – Mud-supported carbonate rock that contains greater than 10% grains

Metamorphic rocksEdit

Banded gneiss with a dike of granite orthogneiss
Manhattan Schist, from Southeastern New York
  • Anthracite – Hard, compact variety of coal
  • Amphibolite – A metamorphic rock containing mainly amphibole and plagioclase
  • Blueschist – Metavolcanic rock that forms by the metamorphism of basalt and rocks with similar composition
  • Cataclasite – A rock formed by faulting
  • Eclogite – A dense metamorphic rock formed under high pressure
  • Gneiss – Common high-grade metamorphic rock
  • Granulite – Class of high-grade medium to coarse grained metamorphic rocks
  • Greenschist – Metamorphic rocks – A mafic metamorphic rock dominated by green amphiboles
  • Hornfels
  • Litchfieldite – Nepheline syenite gneiss
  • Marble – Non-foliated, metamorphic rock, commonly used for sculpture and as a building material – a metamorphosed limestone
  • Migmatite – Mixture of metamorphic rock and igneous rock
  • Mylonite – Metamorphic rock – A metamorphic rock formed by shearing
  • Metapelite – A metamorphic rock with a protolith of clay-rich (siltstone) sedimentary rock
  • Metapsammite – A metamorphic rock with a protolith of quartz-rich (sandstone) sedimentary rock
  • Phyllite – Type of foliated metamorphic rock – A low grade metamorphic rock composed mostly of micaceous minerals
  • Pseudotachylite – A glass formed by melting within a fault via friction
  • Quartzite – Hard, non-foliated metamorphic rock which was originally pure quartz sandstone – A metamorphosed sandstone typically composed of >95% quartz
  • Schist – Easily split medium-grained metamorphic rock
  • Serpentinite – Rock formed by hydration and metamorphic transformation of olivine
  • Skarn – Hard, coarse-grained, hydrothermally altered metamorphic rocks
  • Slate – Metamorphic rock - A low grade metamorphic rock formed from shale or silts
  • Suevite – Rock consisting partly of melted material formed during an impact event – A rock formed by partial melting during a meteorite impact
  • Talc carbonate – A metamorphosed ultramafic rock with talc as an essential constituent; similar to a serpentinite
  • Tectonite – A rock whose fabric reflects the history of its deformation
  • Whiteschist – A high pressure metamorphic rock containing talc and kyanite

Specific varietiesEdit

The following are terms for rocks that are not petrographically or genetically distinct but are defined according to various other criteria; most are specific classes of other rocks, or altered versions of existing rocks. Some archaic and vernacular terms for rocks are also included.

See alsoEdit

  • List of minerals – List of minerals for which there are articles on Wikipedia
  • List of rocks on Mars – Alphabetical list of named rocks and meteorites found on Mars
  • Rock cycle – Transitional concept of geologic time
  • List of rock formations – Wikipedia list article: for a list of unusual or culturally significant rock outcrops
  • Leaverite – Specimen in the field that may look interesting but is actually not


  1. ^ "BGS Rock Classification Scheme - Igneous - Metamorphic - Sedimentary - Superficial". British Geological Survey (BGS). Retrieved 2019-05-28.

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