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Weathering and Erosion
Terms in this set (12)
the breakdown of rock into smaller pieces by physical means
The process that breaks down rock through chemical changes
The mechanical breakup of rock caused by the expansion of freezing water in cracks and crevices
the pile of rocks that accumulates at the base of a cliff, chute, or slope
The process by which outer rock layers are stripped away
A mixture of mineral particles and organic material that covers the land, and in which terrestrial plants grow.
a vertical section through a soil showing its succession of horizons and the underlying parent material
Any one of several processes by which gravity moves sediment downhill.
the rapid mass movement of rock down a steep slope or cliff
the rapid slide of a mass of rock downslope along planes of weakness
the flow of a mass of mud or rock and soil mixed with a large amount of water
Slow-moving downslope movement of water-saturated, clay-rich sediment, most characteristic of humid regions