Plate Tectonics & the Rock Cycle
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
Course: Introduction to Geosciences II
I draw a cross secion of a subducting slab and spreading center and ask my students what is going on at various locations. As we fill in the diagram, I develop a diagram of the rock cyle superimposed on my cross section. My hope is that it reminds them of what they learned last semester (interior processes). It also gives me an opportunity to explain how this semester (surficial processes) will fit in with last semester and to tell them what it is we will cover this semester.