Schist Rock Facts

Schist Rock Facts
Schist is a metamorphic rock that contains flakes of mica. Schist can originate as a sedimentary rock or igneous rock. It can contain different miners.
Interesting Schist Rock Facts:
Schist and slate are very similar in that they are made from the same rock types except schist is subjected to more heat and pressure.
Schist is often referred to as schistosity because of its large mica flakes.
Large crystals cause schist rocks to reflect lots of light which gives it a very shiny appearance.
The large crystals in schist indicate the amount of pressure and temperature that was used to make the rock.
Specific schist rocks are named for the dominant mineral that is a part of its make-up.
Schist is derived from a German word meaning to split.
Most schist rocks originate as some type of clay or mud.
Most schist contains the mineral mica and is called mica schist.
Schist is often used as a guide to measure specific sizes and dimensions of objects.
Before the 18th century, schist, shale, and slate were used interchangeably to describe the same rock.
There are various features that distinguish schist rocks made from sedimentary rocks or those made from igneous.
Schist can be found in many countries including Brazil, parts of the US and Ireland.
Schist has been previously used to make decorative rock walls.
Presently, schist is used as a decorative stone as well as for jewelry.
In Australia, houses that were built using schist in the 1800s are still standing today.

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