How does granite change in the rock cycle?

1 Answer
Feb 15, 2016


If it is part of a mountain, it gets weathered, eroded and transported to the ocean. If the granite gets buried deep in the crust it often changes to a gneiss.


Granites at the surface are exposed to weathering in which they break down into mostly quartz and feldspars. These minerals are then transported in streams and rivers and often end up as sediments in the oceans. Granites that get buried deep in the crust or exposed to hot magma will often turn into the metamorphic rock called "gneiss"