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How do minerals become rocks, and rocks become soil?

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Minerals, or small particles of rocks, become rocks through pressure and temperature, often deep inside the earths core, or simply through pressure for instance on the sea bed.

Wherever lots of small things become something big it is usually through compression, temperature or pressure.

The opposite process - large things being worn into smaller particles - usually comes through another sort of force. Either weathering, erosion - action by wind, rain and water - is responsible.

Gradually many rocks get eroded by movement of ice and water over them or the wind action also to become finer and finer and form little grains - e.g. of sand or of soil.

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