The physical, biological or chemical factors that erode rock, from sand to ice, rain to plants, and even footsteps.
- "Weathering" refers to the breakdown of rocks into smaller pieces.
- Physical weathering occurs as wind, water and smaller rock particles scour exposed rock surfaces.
- Chemical weathering occurs as a result of weak acid in the atmosphere and rainfall reacting with rock forms.
- Biological weathering is caused by living creatures, e.g. plant roots, barnacles and sea urchins all bore into rocky surfaces.
Rocks are tough – but nature is tougher.
In time, all exposed rock is worn away by wind, water, and other natural forces.
The results can be extraordinary.
We call the removal of rocky material erosion.
Whereas weathering refers to the breakdown of rocks into smaller pieces.
Weathering is caused by physical, ...
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