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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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How are joints, fractures, and other voids in a rock related to the rate at which weathering takes place?

To determine

The way in which the joints, fractures, and other voids in a rock is related to the rate at which weathering takes place.

Explanation

The relative resistance to weathering depends on other characteristics such as the presence of joints, faults, folds, and bedding planes which is in addition to the type of rock. Commonly, a highly massive rock will have only few joints and bedding planes, and it will be more resistant to weathering.

Fractures are formed in rocks as a result of various processes such as volcanism, tectonism, and rock formation. They are exploited by various exogenic processes including weathering. The rocks that have undergone the processes of crustal deformation exhibit rock structures like joints. Both joints and fractures are commonly developed in all types of rocks, and they represent the zone of weakness. As a result, more surface area of rocks is exposed, and it provides space for the flow and accumulation of water. It leads to the deposition of salts and clay minerals and thereby offer a foothold for plants...

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