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Rock Erosion

Although rocks are hard and very strong, they can break. This happens because of weathering. This is caused by many things, one of those being climate change. Weathering causes a rock to weaken and parts of it to break off. Once this happens, the rock is ready for erosion.
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How Does Rock Erosion Affect the Earth’s Features?

Erosion is the process that shaped all Earth’s landforms that are here today. Because of erosion, we have landforms from canyons in the desert to steep cliffs along the ocean. During erosion, the pieces that break off of the rock move from one place to another. They move by natural agencies such as ice, water, wind or gravity.

Erosion and weathering are both part of the rock cycle, and normally occur at the same time. But, you can tell the difference between the two. Erosion transports the rocks to another location. There is no movement involved in weathering.
Rocks can be eroded by water

Erosion occurs when rocks are moved from one place to another by ice, water, wind or gravity.

How the rock pieces move from one place to another is called transport. An example of this would be pebbles rolling along the shore. When they are left at a new location, we call that deposition.
Pebbles on a beach shore.

Pebbles rolling along the shore is one example of a transport.

After transport, the rock pieces are then mixed with soil particles, like sand, to make sediment. They are then washed into the sea.

Ways in Which Rock Can be Eroded

There are many ways erosion can occur in rock, one of the most popular being with water. An example of this would be rain seeping into cracks in a rock during the day. When night comes, the temperatures drop so low that the water freezes and becomes ice. The ice is stronger than the rock and splits it!  The next day, the sun comes out and the ice melts. Water erosion then sends the rock remains somewhere else.

Other Great Resources:

Kiddle Erosion Wiki Entry: https://kids.kiddle.co/Erosion
Written by: Lindley Lund