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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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FIGURE 10.7 Masses of solid rock that are exposed (crop out) at the surface are referred to as outcrops.

What physical characteristics of this rock outcrop have caused it to protrude above the general land surface?

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The physical characteristics of the rock outcrop in figure 10.7 those have caused it to protrude above the general land surface.

Explanation

Rocks undergo weathering and erosion on the surface of the Earth. Erosion is a physical process by the surface processes such as running water or wind in which the rock, soil, or dissolved material are removed from one place on the Earth's crust and transports it to another place.

Rock weathering is the breaking down of rock, soil, and mineral at the Earth’s surface when it is exposed to the water, atmosphere, and biological organisms. There are three types, namely physical, chemical, and biological weathering. The resistance of a mineral depends upon the strength and nature of the chemical bonds (the bond that holds the atoms and molecules together to form a mineral).

The minerals containing weak internal bonds undergo chemical weathering easily compared to the minerals containing strong internal bonds...

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