Geography Case Study Report

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Geography essay Zoe cheung 4C 6Explain the operation of the rock cycle with reference to the geology on Hong Kong. To what extent are the rocks types responsible for the deep weathering profile found in the territory?The rock cycle is the formation, breakdown and reformation of a rock as a result of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic processes. The rock cycle is an illustration that is used to describe how the three rock types are related and how Earth processes change a rock from one type to another over time. Each group contains a collection of rock types that differ from each other on the basis of the size, shape and arrangement of mineral grains. Due to the driving forces of the rock cycle, plate tectonics and the water cycle, rocks are forced to change as they encounter new environments as they do not remain in balance.When the rocks are subducted into the asthenosphere due to compression, the rocks melt into magma. The melting of rocks intensifies the pressure in the asthenosphere. Cracks develop. When cracks extend downward and reach the magma, the pressure of magma is released. Magma then extrudes out of the crust along the cracks to the earth's surface. It results in vulcanicity. Magma cools and solidifies to form igneous rocks when rises nearer to or above the earth surface. During the cooling process, crystallization takes place in magma or lava forming minerals. The accumulation of minerals forms igneous rock. When the processes of vulcanicity, cooling and solidification of magma take place in the crust, the rocks formed are called intrusive igneous rocks. Igneous rocks that are formed deep underground are called plutonic rocks and hypabyssal rocks are formed at intermediate depth below the earth surface. When the processes of vulcanicity, cooling and solidification of lava take place on the earth surface, extrusive igneous or volcanic rocks are formed.Rocks exposed to the atmosphere are variably unstable and subject to the processes of weathering and erosion. Weathering and erosion break the original rock down into smaller fragments and carry away dissolved material. This fragmented material accumulates and is buried...

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