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Earth’s Surface Vocabulary Review

Earth Science - Middle School

Key Vocabulary Terms © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. 94-4552 Visit for Online Learning Resources. abrasion a type of mechanical erosion that occurs when one rock grinds against another acid rain rain that contains more acid than normal and causes chemical weathering alluvial fan a triangular deposit of sediment at the foot of a mountain or hill, where a river or stream empties into a flat, low-lying plain chemical weathering the breaking down of rock by chemical reactions continental glacier a moving mass of ice that forms across large geographic regions near the poles creep the very slow movement of soil and rock due to the pull of gravity deposition the process by which sediment is laid down erosion a process by which weathered rock and soil is transported to a new location exfoliation the repeated cycle of daytime heating and nighttime cooling that causes rocks to flake frost wedging a repeated cycle of freezing and thawing that causes rocks to crack humus the uppermost layer of the soil composed mainly of decomposed biologic material load the amount of sediment and dissolved materials a stream or river can carry mass movement the sudden movement of large masses of rock material; also called mass wasting topographic map a map that provides information about the surface features of a region sediment
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