Erosion & Mass Wasting

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Erosion & Mass Wasting

Erosion & Mass Wasting UnitBy: Daynara & Rocio



The process in which weathered particles are picked up and moved from one place to another and that is called: Erosion. Erosion has a constant impact in earths surface. Part of the Erosion process in which seidement is placed in a new location, or deposited, is called deposition. The force of gravity is an important part of Erosion and depostion.

A landslide is one type Mass wasting, Mass wasting is the downhill movements of masses of rock and soil. In mass wasting gravity pulls material downward. A triggering event, such as heavy rain or an earthquake, it might lossen the rock and soil. As the material becomes losser, it give ways to pull the gravity and moves it downward.

Sometimes a mountain slope can callapes. Then a mixture of rock, soil, and plants thats called Debris falls or can silde down. Like mass wasting rock, mass movement of Debris are comon in high mountains with steep slope. A major type of mass wasting of debris is a mudflow. A mudflow consists of debris with large amounts of water. Mudflows often happen in mountain canyons and valleys after heavy rains.

Mass Wasting


Slump and Creep are two other main types of mass wasting on hilly land. These forms of mass wasting can be much less dramatic than rockslides or mudflows. but they are the types of mass movement that you are most likely to see evidence of. A slump is a slide of a loose debris that moves as a single unit. Creep is a tendency of a solid material to move slowly

Slump and Creep


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