Introduction to Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition

Learning Objectives

The goals and objectives of this chapter are to:

  • Describe the basic processes, functions, and influences of weathering and erosion.
  • Describe the various types of mass wasting processes.
  • Compare the difference between fast and slow subsidence and how it may be limited.
  • Describe how streams have the ability to erode and deposit sediment.
  • Explain how groundwater can erodes limestone to form caves.
  • Describe how wave actions erode coastlines and create coastal landforms.
  • Explain how wind erodes and transports sediment in arid regions of the world.
  • Describe how glaciers erode and carve out the landscape.


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