Types of Erosion

Friday, May 5, 2023

Take a look at these examples of erosion

Grand canyon

grand canyon



Wave rock Australia

Erosion is a process where material from an object like a rock or soil is distributed to a new location.

Erosion involves transportation of material from one location to another.

The three main forces that cause erosion are water, wind, and ice.

Erosion by Water

Water is the main cause of erosion on Earth. water may not seem powerful at first, it is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. Here are some methods of water erosion. 

Rainfall - Rainfall can cause erosion both when the rain hits the surface of the Earth, which is called splash erosion,and the rainfall can eventually flow like small streams.

Rivers - Rivers can create a significant amount of erosion over time. They break up particles along the river bottom and carry them downstream. The grand canyon and the colorado river is an example.

Ocean waves can cause the coastline to erode. The shear energy and force of the waves causes pieces of rock and coastline to break off and then transported to a new location.

Floods - Large floods can literally wash away whole towns very quickly.

Erosion by Wind

Wind is a major type of erosion. Wind erosion occurs by deflation and abrasion.

Deflation occurs when wind picks up and transports loose particles and abrasion occurs when these loose particles strike other surfaces.

Erosion by Glaciers

Glaciers are basically slow moving rivers of ice that carve out valleys and reshaping mountains.as they transport material to a new location.

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