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17: Weathering, Erosion, and Mass Movement

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    Landslide in Venezuela. USGS
    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\): Landslide in Venezuela (Courtesy USGS)

    Movement of earth material can be so slow that it is imperceptible to the human eye, or move at tremendous speeds, covering or destroying all in its path. Here you will investigate the processes that mobilize earth materials and the surface changes that result from weathering, erosion, and mass movement.

    Learning Objectives

    By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

    • Compare and contrast chemical and physical weathering.
    • Explain how mass movement occurs and the landform features created by it.
    • Explain how splash, sheet, rill and gully erosion occurs.

    This page titled 17: Weathering, Erosion, and Mass Movement is shared under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Michael E. Ritter (The Physical Environment) via source content that was edited to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.