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Process in which naturall forces move rock and soil from one place to another.


Material moved by erosion

What is Sediment?

Occurs when agents of erosion spread sediment

What is Deposition?

Movements of Land Mass

Gravity, Landslides, Mudflows, Slump and Creep

Force which moves sediment downhill

What is Gravity?

Rapid downhill mixture of rock, water and soil

What is Mudflows?

What is it when water soaks at the bottomof soil and rich clay?

What is Slump?

What is it called when there is a very slow downhill movement of rock and soil?

What is Creep?

Water that moves over Earth's surface

What is Runoff?

The amount of runoff depends on what?

Amount of rain, vegetation, type of soil, shape of land and how land is used.

what are rills?

when runoff travels and leaves tiny grooves in the soil.

what is a gully?

A large groove or channel caused by storm water runoff.

What is a stream?

A channel where water continuously flows.

What is a river?

A large stream.


A stream or river which flows in a larger river.


May occur when a river meets an area of rock that is very hard,erodes slowly, and erodes soft rock below.

Flood Plain

Flat, wide area of land along a river.


Loop like bend in the course of a river.

Oxbow Lakes

A meander that has been cut off from a river.

Alluvial Fans

Wide, sloping deposit of sediment.


Sediment deposited where a river flows into an ocean or lake and builds up.

Soil and Flood Plains

These depositions also occur during floods.

Groundwater Erosion

Term used for underground water, changing the shape of the land.


Cone shape caused by water dripping from the roof of a cave.


Cone shape on cave floor, cause by Stalactite.

Karst Topography

Sinkhole Landscape.


Ability to work or cause change.


Amount of sediment carried by water.


Erodes from sides and bottom of river, because of water moving past the surface.


Wearing away of rock.


Water speed changes depending on slope of the land.

Volume of Flow

Amount of water that flows past a point in a given time.


Force that opposes the motion of another surface.

What factors affect erosion and deposition?

The direction and speed the water flows.

Explain a streambed shape

Friction which is a force that opposes the motion of another surface.

List 4 things regarding Erosion and Sediment Load

Slope, volume of flow, Streambed Shape

How do glaciers form?

They can only form in an area where snow falls and then melts. Once snow gets to 30-40 meters, gravity pulls it down and it freezes.

What are continental glaciers?

They cover most of a continent or large island.

What are valley glaciers?

Long narrow glaciers that forms when snow and ice build up in valleys.

How do glaciers shape the land?

Plucking, glacial erosion and glacial deposition

what is plucking?

when a glacier flows over land and picks up sediment

what is glacial erosion?

plucking and picking up loose sediment

Explain glacial deposition?

Till, moraine and kettle

What is till?

mix of sediment on surface

what is moraine?

till forms on edge at the end of glacier called a moraine

what is kettle?

small deposition from till

how does a wave form?

energy comes from wind that blows across water's surface

How do waves erode?

when waves create impact with the sore of the beach, th water can erode and carry off sediment

what is headland?

part of shore that sticks out in the ocean.

How are landforms created by wave erosion?

water can erode landforms and affect them. The sediment carried by the waves may create a new landform.

What are beaches?

area of wave washed sediment

what are spits?

beach that projects like a finger.

What is a sandbar?

A ridge of sand built up by the action of waves and currents.

What are barrier beaches?

occurs when storms carry sand and form landforms above sea level.

how does wind cause erosion?

By creating sand-dunes

What is deflation?

wind removing surface material

What is abrasion?

the wearing away of rock by a grinding action

What is a sand dune?

a deposit of wind blown sand

what are loess deposits?

fine wind deposited sediment

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