A Physical or chemical process or action that results in the formation of regularly-shaped, -sized, and -patterned solid forms known as crystals. process in which minerals crystallizing from a Molten silicate (rock) beneath the surface of a planetary body or moon. When it reaches the surface, magma is called lava. are isolated from contact with the liquid. It is a key process in the formation of igneous rocks during the process of magmatic A process by which a generally homogeneous chondritic body containing mostly metal, silicates and sulfides will melt and form distinct (differentiated) layers of different densities. When the melting process continues for a long enough period of time, the once chondritic body will re-partition into layers of different composition including.
Also known as crystal Concentration or separation of one mineral, element, or isotope from an initially homogeneous system. Fractionation can occur as a mass-dependent or mass-independent process..