Make the cycle of rocks clear to your students when teaching them with The Rock Cycle PowerPoint Diagram. The Rock Cycle PowerPoint Diagram is a set of two totally editable PowerPoint slides that show off the cycles that rocks go through in terms of their formation and erosion. This PowerPoint slide is completely editable and customizable to your liking, letting you change the colors and the text to what you want. It features a volcano as well as an ocean and rock layers that show how different rocks are formed and changed. There are arrows pointing to the different stages and how they go with one another.
Just as there is a weather cycle that shows how water vapor become rain, falling to the ground and evaporating back to water vapor again, so too is there a rock cycle. This is how rocks are continually formed, broken apart or melted, and formed again over millions of years.
Understanding the rock cycle progress which includes igneous and metamorphic rocks helps students and everyone else know how rocks are formed. Plus, it also helps to understand the continual renewal of the surface of the earth and how this process helps to foster life on the surface and in the oceans.
What is the Rock Cycle?
Essentially, deep within the earth is metamorphic rock that is undergoing tremendous pressure. With enough pressure, the rock turns to magma or liquid rock and is pushed to the surface. The journey to the surface is either rapid as the magma is forced upward and released through volcanic action. Or, the journey is much slower as the tectonic plate is moved up to form mountains.
Because the rock is exposed to erosive elements such as wind and precipitation, the igneous rocks slowly break apart and fall downward to the ground and eventually into the ocean where they go deeper into the earth and become sedimentary rocks. At this point, they are pushed further downward by the movement of tectonic plates until they undergo enough pressure to become metamorphic rocks and the process begins again.
While there is no exact timetable to how long the process takes, just like the water or weather cycle, it can be said that tens of millions of years must pass for a rock that you find on the surface to work its way to the lower depths until it melts and is pushed back to the surface. It may be a difficult concept, especially for children to grasp, but it helps when presented in visual form by using a PowerPoint diagram.
Visualizing the Rock Cycle Process
Itâ€™s one thing to explain the process verbally or through text, but visualizing it makes it come alive and allow for a better understanding of how the process really works. The arrows that are used to demonstrate the upward movement of the rock, either quickly through volcanic action or slowly as they rise due to tectonic action lets students of all ages see and understand the process.
Text can be added to highlight the different stages of the rock cycle. Plus, the time it takes to go from sedimentary to metamorphic to igneous rocks gives a better understanding of just how long this process takes. It also helps explain how life on earth was fostered by the action of this cycle as it is in continual motion.
If you are a science teacher or simply trying to explain how the rock cycle works, then using a PowerPoint diagram helps. The diagram allows people to see the rock cycle process in action which is the best way of explaining how it works. The formation of igneous and metamorphic rocks is now clearer than ever thanks to using visual demonstrations as in the PowerPoint diagram.