Presentation on theme: "Weathering: Processes of Change"— Presentation transcript:
1 Weathering: Processes of Change chemical weatheringmechanical weatheringmoving watererosionicedepositionwavesgravitywindglaciersAcidsabrasion
2 How does weathering occur? EQ:How does weatheringoccur?
3 Weathering Describe three ways abrasion occurs in nature. List three things that cause chemical weathering of rocks.Describe the similarity in the ways tree roots and ice mechanically weather rock.Describe five (5) sources of chemical weathering.
5 Processes of Change (5)Weathering and erosion wear down, deposition fills in Earth’s surface.Weathering is the slow wearing away or breaking down of objects exposed to Earth’s atmosphereTwo kinds of weathering act on Earth’s surfaceMechanical weatheringChemical weathering
6 WeatheringWeathering is the process by which rock materials are broken down by the action of physical or chemical processes.Mechanical weathering is the breakdown of rock into smaller pieces by physical means. (ice, wind, water, gravity, plants, animals)Chemical weathering is the process by which rocks break down as a result of chemical reactions. Water, weak acids, and air can cause chemical weathering.
7 Mechanical Weathering (4) When objects are broken down into small pieces but their chemical makeup doesn’t changeWind and moving water are two main causes of mechanical weatheringRepeated changes in temperature (freeze, melt, freeze, melt again)
8 Chemical Weathering (5) Material of an object is changedProduces underground cavernsStatue of Liberty needed repairs because of chemical weatheringExamples:RustAcid rain
9 Erosion (5) The natural moving of material from one place to another Erosion transports weathered rock materialCauses of Erosion:Moving waterGravityWindGlaciers (moving rivers of ice)Waves
10 Deposition (5)Land torn down in one place is “deposited” in another placeGravity can cause a landslide moving mud, rock and soil down a hillWind erosion can move sand and deposit it in another areaGlaciers (rivers of ice) scrape rocks off the land and moves them downhill
11 Glaciers will stop moving and even retreat and cut a steep U-shaped valley in the land
12 Erosion caused by mountain rivers form V-shaped valleys
13 Hurricanes create waves that erode beaches and cliffs
14 Breaking of waves on a beach can wear it away Breaking of waves on a beach can wear it away. The larger the waves, the faster is the rate of erosion.
15 6 Agents of Mechanical Weathering 1. Ice – water seeps into cracks during warm weather. When the temperature drops, the water freezes and expands, causing the ice to push against the sides of the crack. This causes the crack in the rock to widen.Abrasion – the grinding and wearing away of rock surfaces through mechanical action of other rock or sand pebbles.The three ways that can cause abrasion are wind, water, and gravity.
16 AbrasionAbrasion – the grinding and wearing away of rock surfaces through mechanical action of other rock or sand pebbles.The three ways that can cause abrasion are wind, water, and gravity.
17 Three Causes of Abrasion 2. Water – as rocks and pebbles roll along the bottom of flowing water, they bump and scrape against each other, causing these rocks to become rounded and smooth.3. Wind – wind blows sand and silt against exposed rock eventually wearing away the rock’s surface.4. Gravity – rocks grind against each other during a rock slide, creating smaller and smaller rock fragments. Anytime one rock hits another rock, abrasion takes place.
18 Plants and Animals5. Some plants can easily break rocks. The roots grow through existing cracks in rocks. The growth causes the root to expand, forcing the crack to widen. The force can eventually split the rock apart.6. Animals that live in the soil (moles, prairie dogs, insects, worms, gophers), cause a lot of weathering. By burrowing in the ground, these living creatures brake up soil and loosen rocks to be exposed to further weathering.
19 3 Agents of Chemical Weathering Common agents of chemical weathering are water, weak acids, and air.These agents weaken the bonds between minerals grains of the rock.1. Water – can cause rock to be broken down and dissolve. Can take thousands of years to take place.2. Air – the process of oxidation is a chemical reaction in which an element (iron) combines with oxygen, causing rust.3. Weak Acids - acid precipitation, acids in groundwater, acids in living things.
20 Three Sources of Weak Acids Acid Precipitation – rain, sleet, or snow that contains a high concentration of acid. Normal precipitation is acidic, acid precipitation contains more acid than normal.Acids in Groundwater – carbonic acid or sulfuric acid reacts with rocks in the ground, causing a chemical reaction, eating away at the rock.Acids in Living Things – Lichens produce acids that slowly break down rock.
21 SummaryIce wedging is a form of mechanical weathering in which water seeps into rock cracks and then freezes and expands.Wind, water, and gravity cause mechanical weathering by abrasion.Animals and plants cause mechanical weathering by turning the soil and breaking apart rocks.Water, acids, and air chemically weather rock by weakening the bonds between mineral grains of the rock.
22 Quick CheckWhich of the following things cannot cause mechanical weathering?A. waterB. acidC. windD. animals
23 Quick Check Which of the following is a type of frost action? A. abrasionB. oxidationC. ice wedgingD. gravity
24 Quick CheckWhich of the following types of chemical weathering causes a karst landscape, such as a cavern?A. lichensB. acid precipitationC. acids in groundwaterD. water
25 Quick Check How do lichens slowly break down a rock? A. by abrasion B. by mechanical meansC. by ice wedgingD. by chemical means
26 Quick CheckWhich of the following will most likely experience oxidation?A. tennis ballB. aluminum canC. wooden fenceD. Bicycle tire
27 Quick CheckThe grinding and wearing away of rock surfaces through the mechanical action of other rock or sand particlesRain, sleet, or snow that contains a high concentration of acidsThe process by which rocks break down as a result of chemical reactionsThe breakdown of rock into smaller pieces by physical meansA chemical reaction in which an element, such as iron, combines with oxygen to form an oxideThe process by which rock materials are broken down by the action of physical or chemical processesa. mechanical weatheringb. oxidationc. weatheringd. acid precipitatione. abrasionf. chemical weathering