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Erosion

Explain the differences between erosion and


deposition.
Explain why building on a steep slop may not be
wise.

Erosion by Gravity

Erosion
Erosion: The process that wears
away surface materials and moves
them from one place to another.

Erosion
Identify
1. gravity
causes
2. water
(agents) of 3. wind
erosion:
4. glaciers

Erosion
Deposition: When sediments are

dropped by agents of erosion as they


lose energy.

Question: When sediments are eroded,


where do they go?
They are not lost
just relocated.

Erosion
Mass movement: Any type of
erosion that happens as gravity
moves materials down slope.

Erosion
Review Question:
Why does mass movement
occur?

Gravity

Erosion
Slump: When a mass of material
slips down along a curved
surface.

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Creep: When sediments slowly shift
their positions downhill.

Creep

Erosion
Rockfalls and rock slides occur when
layers of rock slip downslope
suddenly.

Erosion
Mudflows typically occur in areas that
were very dry and experienced a
great loss of vegetation, then a heavy
rainfall washed out the exposed
sediment.

Erosion
Review Question:
What are some methods to reduce
erosion?
Plant vegetation.
Drainage pipes or tiles.
Walls of concrete or boulders.