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Erosion and Weathering Vocabulary
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Process that breaks rocks by changing their chemical composition.
Land formed where a river deposits its sediment into a lake or river.
Dropping (depositing) of sediment by water, wind, or ice.
Movement of soil and rocks by water, wind, and ice.
Large amount of water covering land that is usually dry, often caused by heavy rain, melting snow, or high tides.
Flat area beside a river that is covered with water when a river floods
Large, slow moving mass of ice. Creates U shaped valley
Force that causes materials to move downward; main force causing erosion and deposition.
Fresh water that is stored in the ground.
Decayed plant and animal matter in soil.
Ridges of glacial tills; created as a moving glacier gathers and deposits Earth material in its path.
Mechanical breakdown of rocks into smaller pieces by natural processes.
Rainwater or melting snow that drains off the land into streams.
Particles of Earth materials, such as rock, sand, and soil that are formed by weathering and carried by moving water, wind, or ice.
Loose material that covers much of earth, made of weathered rock, humus, air, and water.
Opening in earth's crust through which magma erupts from the mantle; mountain formed from past eruptions.
Process of breaking down rocks into smaller pieces by water, wind, temperature changes and other factors.
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