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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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Why is there more chemical weathering overall in humid climates than in arid climates?

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The reason for the overall chemical weathering in humid climates than in arid climates.

Explanation

Weathering can be defined as the process that involves the breakdown of rock material into smaller particles at or near the surface of the Earth. The process of weathering takes place when a rock is exposed to an environmental condition that supports weathering. It can be change in pressure, temperature, or substances, mainly water. As a result of weathering, the rocks are weakened and broken. These broken particles are known as clasts, and it can be small or large. The continuous weathering that takes place on detached fragments break them into smaller particles, and thus they become susceptible to other exogenic processes such as erosion, transportation, and deposition.

The different types of weathering processes can be differentiated under two basic categories. They are physical weathering and chemical weathering. Disintegration of huge rock block into smaller clasts is known as physical weathering. It is also termed as mechanical weathering...

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