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Chapter 16 Rock Cycle

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Simulate one path in this complex web.

The water cycle is fairly straightforward: evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. Add transpiration—water getting sucked up by plants and going back directly into the air—and a few complexities of groundwater, and that’s the whole thing! The rock cycle is another animal altogether. Not only is it complex with multiple interlinking paths, but it proceeds in such slow motion that we can hardly see anything actually happen in the course of our lifetimes.

That said, it’s pretty important to learn if you’re to understand the vast diversity of rocks you’ll find when you begin ...

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