One way to help learning about the rock cycle concept is by studying its representation in the form of diagrams. This time we have a collection of Rock Cycle Diagrams presenting the concept of the rock cycle. There are some of variations on this diagram, some with the labels and some are not. The first one below is the simple illustration diagram of the rock cycle.
As we have learned in the diagram above, we know that there 3 types of rock: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. Just like the diagram illustrates, each of the types of rocks is altered or destroyed when it is forced out of its equilibrium conditions. An igneous rock such as basalt may break down and dissolve when exposed to the atmosphere, or melt as it is subducted under a continent. By studying the rock cycle diagram we can see that rocks do not remain in equilibrium and are forced to change as they encounter new environments.
The rock cycle diagram is an illustration that explains how the three rock types are related to each other, and how processes change from one type to another over time. However, the example on the previous page didn’t show all the ways rocks move through the rock cycle. Another variation from the example is that any type of rock can become a new rock of the same type.
If you understand the conceptual framework of these rock cycle diagrams, you can translate it into the parts study more about the processes of the cycle. Check back soon for more educative diagrams!