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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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In what ways is mass wasting similar to, yet different from, the action of the geomorphic agents?

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The way in which mass wasting is similar to, yet different from, the action of geomorphic agents.

Explanation

An exposed rock undergoes physical or chemical breakdown when it undergoes an environmental condition at or near the surface of the Earth. It can be changed in pressure, temperature or substances mainly water. The fragments of rock that are broken or detached from a huge rock mass are termed as clasts and it can be small or large. The continuous weathering that takes place on detached fragments breaks them into smaller particles. These particles may accumulate near their sources or widely dispersed by the process of mass wasting or geomorphic agents.

Flowing water, wind, and waves are considered as the geomorphic agents. With the aid of these geomorphic agents, the rock fragment that is broken from a huge rock mass as a result of weathering will be eroded, transported, and deposited in a new area...

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