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ice wedging
mechanical weathering caused by the freezing and thawing of water that seeps into cracks in rocks
weathering
change in the physical form or chemical composition of rock materials exposed at the earth's surface
chemical weathering
a process in which rock is broken down as a result of chemical reactions
mechanical weathering
a process that changes the physical form and shape of rocks
leaching
a process in which water carries dissolved minerals to lower layers of rock
abrasion
mechanical weathering in which rocks collide and scrape against each other, wearing away the exposed surfaces
collision
when two things crash together
hydrolysis
change that occurs in the composition of minerals when the minerals react with water