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Ch. 23.3 Water Shapes the Land Objectives: What is the most important factor influencing the ability of a stream to cause erosion? What features are formed.

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1 Ch Water Shapes the Land Objectives: What is the most important factor influencing the ability of a stream to cause erosion? What features are formed by surface water erosion? What features are deposited by running water? What causes ground water erosion?

2 Water moves sediment (Erosion) & that changes Earth’s surface features Deposition = Sediment is laid down in a new location

3 Stream Erosion – Depends on… (1) Speed of water: Faster streams – carry more sediment & carry larger sediments = more erosion (2) Volume: Floods = More water = more erosion (3) Slope: Steeper slope = more erosion. Features formed by water erosion: V shaped Valleys Waterfalls Meanders Oxbow Lakes

4 Features formed by Water Erosion: V shaped Valleys meander Streams flow fast down slopes & carry sediments from the stream bed with them – creating a V pattern V-valleys involve fast moving water in Mt. regions

5 Yellowstone River has cut a V-shaped valley Waterfalls form where streams move over rocks that are less resistant to weathering (softer). As this rock erodes faster than surrounding rock a drop is created.

6 V-shaped valleys can widen into broader river banks and flood plains. Rivers change shape. Faster moving water on outside bend erodes riverbank (cutbank). Slower moving water on inside bends deposit sediment. Over time this creates BENDS or MEANDERS.

7 Flooding in a flood plain

8 Meandering river processes

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10 Features formed by Water Erosion Meanders & Oxbow Lakes

11 Meander in Canyonlands N.P., Utah

12 Green River, NY

13 Features Formed by Water Deposition Deltas & Alluvial Fans: Fan-shaped mound of sediments. Deltas: Rivers dump sediments into large bodies of water (ocean). Fans : Rivers dump sediment into a valley at the base of a mountain. Triangle shape of Deltas & Fans

14 Copper Canyon Alluvial Fan (Death Valley N.P., CA)

15 Mississippi River Delta

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17 Ground Water Erosion Chemical weathering dissolves calcium containing rocks like limestone. Results: Caves/Caverns and Sink Holes form Carlsbad Caverns Sink hole

18 Cave Formation: Chemical Weathering (usu. Limestone) Stalactites: Grow from ceiling (icicles) Stalagmites: Grow from base & form columns Water drips into cave. Carbon dioxide enters air, minerals come out of solution to form stalactites & Stalagmites Stalagtites: Grow from ceiling

19 Carlsbad Caverns (NM) Limestone slowly dissolving away

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21 Karst Topography (caves and sinkholes in limestone) Ex: Kentucky

22 Ch Glaciers & Wind Objectives: How do glaciers form? What landscape features are created by glacial erosion & deposition? What are the effects of wind erosion & deposition

23 HW QUIZ 1.Describe 2 features/landforms created by glacial erosion. 2.What’s “Moraine” and how is it created? 1.How are dunes created?

24 Glaciers – Where more snow falls than melts or sublimates Continental: Thick ice sheet on huge land mass (Antarctica or Greenland) Valley: Occurs in high mountain valley (icebergs “calve” off continental marine glaciers)

25 Glaciers are move slowly Weight of snow pressing down, makes ice. Weight of ice layers also melts bottom layer of ice so that glacier can slide.

26 Glacial Erosion 1. Abrasion – boulders trapped under glaciers gouge and scratch our land and rock surfaces (Glacial striations = claw marks) 2. Plucking – frost wedging that occurs at the base of the glacier breaks up rock.

27 Glacial Erosion produces… 1. U shaped Valley (Cirques) 2. Horns 3. Glacial Lakes

28 Glacial Signatures… 5. Till = Glacial sediment of assorted size (Boulders, gravel, sand, pulverized rock dust) formed as glacier erodes surface 6. Moraine – mounds of “poorly sorted” sediment at downhill end of glacier and along sides (Poorly sorted = big clasts/cobbles & fine sediment) 4. “Erratic” Boulder = deposited by receding glacier

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31 Central Park, NYC Striations in rock show the motion of ancient ice sheets.

32 Poorly Sorted Glacial Till _aug03.htm

33 Glacier Features

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35 Glaciation in our Area

36 Wind Erosion & Deposition Wind erodes land by deflation (wind picks up & carries loose surface material) and abrasion Wind Deposits: Dunes & Loess Sand Dunes Loess – silt deposits from glaciers or deserts


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