Welcome to the Lithosphere:

Rock Cycle and Tectonic Plates

What role does the rock cycle and tectonic plates play in the lithosphere?

The rock cycle and tectonic plates are a very important part of the lithosphere. Tectonic plates what make up the outermost layers of the Earth, and the rock cycle is a result of tectonic plates, weathering, and erosion.
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This is a map that shows the biggest tectonic plates. They slowly move around the surface of the earth causing mountains, volcanoes, trenches, and earthquakes.
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The rock cycle is a constant process that thats place in the lithosphere. It is the changing of one type of rock to another. In the diagram above, you can see how the different rocks change and form.

How does this topic relate to others?

These topics relate to the formation of the Earth's surface. The movement of tectonic plates is one of the biggest factors while the rock cycle is more of a minor one in the formation. The movement of tectonic plates was a very big discovery, and it allows us to be able to better understand the past and to predict what the Earth will look like in the future.
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The rock cycle is directly linked to volcanic eruptions. When a volcano erupts, one type of igneous rock is formed, while then will usually progress to sedimentary rock, which would most likely turn into metamorphic and then magma.

What are the Effects?

The effects of plate tectonics is that they create mountains, trenches, volcanoes, and earthquakes. The effects of the rock cycle are that it changes the surface of the Earth usually by becoming smoother.
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In the image above, you can see that two continental plates are colliding and forming a mountain. This happens over a long period of time.
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The this image, we have an example of subduction. What this happens, some of the Earth's crust gets pushed under another piece and it becomes magma. To make up for the destroyed crust, the magma will later on erupt and form more.

Fayth Dehn

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