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GEOLOGY | SURFACE PROCESSES

A DYNAMIC
PLANET

Planet Earth is dynamic with a surface that is always changing.

 

Rocks can be converted into another type of rock, for example igneous to metamorphic or metamorphic to sedimentary. These process are described in the Rock Cycle, which details the ways in which rocks are slowly recycled over millions of years and transformed between the three rock types.

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Rocks in Desert

WEATHERING

Weathering is the wearing down or breaking of rocks while they are in place.

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EROSION

Erosion involves the removal of rock fragments through gravity, wind, rain, rivers, oceans and glaciers.

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DEPOSITION

Deposition is the laying down of sediment carried by wind, water, or ice.

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LANDFORMS

Landforms are features on the Earth’s surface that make up the terrain.

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Beautiful Landscape

TOPOGRAPHIC
RELIEF

Topographic Relief is the term used for the differences in height across the land’s surface and is affected by the

underlying rocks.

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