Our landscape is constantly changing, but before the dramatic
effects of erosion and mass movement take place, more subtle forces
work on the rocks, minerals and soils around us. Weathering is the
initial process which exposes the top few layers of the Earth to
the potential for change. This book provides an introduction to the
scientific principles behind mechanical, chemical and biological
weathering. Starting with a consideration of the chemical and
physical properties of rocks and water, the authors proceed to an
accessible explanation of the weathering processes themselves,
concluding with a review of weathering rates and intensities, and a
survey of the effects of weathering on the landscape. Assuming
little background knowledge, the authors develop ideas from first
principles to provide a straightforward introduction to weathering
for students of geography, geology and earth and environmental
|Country of origin:
Will J. Bland
• David Rolls
||Electronic book text
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