The Ohio State University. School of Earth Sciences Senior Theses; 2010
Igneous rocks as they are currently defined are in a sloppy state. Vague wording is throughout the whole of the definition, and there is not even any clear consensus on what it should be defined as. In this paper, I redefine igneous rocks in such a way as to remove a great deal of imprecision, and I go through some of the logical implications of the refined definition. I do not seek to change the intent of the definition, and I do not believe that I have. The most interesting implication of this change is that water, as it occurs on Earth, is an igneous rock, and I construct a basic classification scheme for it.