Eli5: if granite is an intrusive igneous rock that forms below ground, why do things like the Sierra Nevada range exist?

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Eli5: if granite is an intrusive igneous rock that forms below ground, why do things like the Sierra Nevada range exist?

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Mountains form if I’m not mistaken by two tectonic plates colliding and forcing the stone upward. Currently feeding my infant daughter so if any one can build upon or correct I welcome it.

Here’s a timeline

Granite forms in hot spot -> granite moves with continental plate -> continental plate hits oceanic plate/other continental plate -> all the rocks get thrust upward into into a mountain range -> all the rock above the granite gets worn down by erosion -> granite on the surface.

Granite is a very strong rock, and so it doesn’t wear down quite as easily as others, leaving large portions of it on the surface or poking out.