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This Ford is the victim of rust, or oxidation, caused by chemical weathering. Chemical weathering is the process of chemicals in the atmosphere breaking down solid material. Here, oxygen and water in the atmosphere cause the iron in this car to wear away, or rust.

Photograph by Roanna Littlefield, MyShot

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bedrock
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bedrock

Bedrock is the relatively hard, solid rock beneath surface materials such as soil and gravel

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: bedrock, crust, engineering, geology, stratigraphy
cliff
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cliff

A cliff is a mass of rock that rises very high and is almost vertical, like a wall

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: cliffs, erosion, geology, landscape, mountains, rocks, weathering
Swirling Texture
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Swirling Texture

Photograph: A swirling pattern in sandstone.

  • Concepts: arizona, deserts, erosion, geology, sandstone, sedimentary rock
sediment
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EDUCATION

sediment

Encyclopedic entry. Sediment is solid material that is moved and deposited in a new location. Sediment can consist of rocks and minerals, as well as the remains of plants and animals.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: agriculture, debris, dirt, earth, erosion, fertility, glaciers, precipitation, rivers, rocks, sediment, silt, soil, weathering
canyon
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EDUCATION

canyon

Encyclopedic entry. A canyon is a deep, narrow valley with steep sides.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: canyons, erosion, geology, gorges, landscape, ravines, rivers, rocks, valleys, weathering
weathering
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EDUCATION

weathering

Encyclopedic entry. Weathering is the breaking down or dissolving of rocks and minerals on Earth’s surface. Water, ice, acids, salt, plants, animals, and changes in temperature are all agents of weathering.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: erosion, geology, landscape, rocks, weathering
erosion
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erosion

Erosion is the act in which earth is worn away, often by water, wind, or ice

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: alluvium, erosion, sediment, water, weathering, wind