Rock cycle

Rock cycle

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Credit: GARY HINCKS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Rock cycle. Artwork illustrating processes involved in the cycle of rock formation. At far left, rock strata are broken (faulted) and tilted by stress caused by movements in the Earth's crust, creating highlands. At mid-left, rising magma creates igneous rocks by erupting from volcanoes or cooling within the crust. At top right, faulting has uplifted rock layers to create a mountain range. Erosion and weathering in the mountains break up the rocks; the debris is carried to the sea by rivers. Silt and sand slide into the ocean and are compressed to make sedimentary rocks, which in turn will be uplifted or invaded by magma.

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Keywords: artwork, chamber, cross-section, cut-away, diagram, erosion, faulting, folding, formation, geographical, geography, geological, geology, igneous, illustration, magma, mountains, pluton, river, rock cycle, sedimentary, strata, volcanic eruption, volcano, weathering

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