How Does Erosion Transform Landscapes?

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The action of erosion can create an array of coastal landscape features. For example, erosion can bore holes that form caves. When water breaks through the back of the cave, it can create an arch. The continual pounding of waves can cause the top of the arch to fall, leaving nothing but rock columns called sea stacks.

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Erosion is another geological process that creates landforms. When mechanical and chemical weathering breaks up materials on the Earth’s surface, erosion can move them to new locations. For example, wind, water or ice can create a valley by removing material. Plateaus can also be formed this way.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is erosion and how can it change a landscape?

Erosion is another geological process that creates landforms. When mechanical and chemical weathering breaks up materials on the Earth's surface, erosion can move them to new locations. For example, wind, water or ice can create a valley by removing material. Plateaus can also be formed this way.

How are raindrops related to the erosion of soil?

These fragments wash into soil pores and prevent water from infiltrating the soil. Water then accumulates on the surface and increases runoff which takes soil with it. Well-structured soils are less prone to break up, and the impact of raindrops is minimised if the soil surface is protected by plant or litter cover.

What kind of erosion is caused by wind and water?

These rills can be up to 0.3m deep. If they become any deeper than 0.3m they are referred to as gully erosion. Scalding can occur when wind and water erosion removes the top soil and exposes saline or sodic soils. Raindrop impact alone can result in large amounts of soil being moved.

How is erosion similar to the process of deposition?

A similar process, weathering, breaks down or dissolve s rock, but does not involve movement. Erosion is the opposite of deposition, the geological process in which earthen materials are deposited, or built up, on a landform. Most erosion is performed by liquid water, wind, or ice (usually in the form of a glacier ).

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