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What Is The Difference Between Weathering And Erosion?

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Weathering refers to the process that alters the forms of shapes of rocks. Weathering can be of three types: physical weathering, chemical weathering and biological weathering. By virtue of weathering, the rocks or mineral are broken down into smaller sized particles. Erosion is the process which causes the rocks to move from one place to another by the action of agents like wind, rivers and glaciers.

When the rock particle loosened by the weathering processes begins to make its move, it is known as erosion. Usually the movement is downward due to gravity. Mass wasting is another name for erosion. Debris coming down the mountain, slumps and rock falls with the help of flowing agents like wind or ice are all examples of mass wasting or erosion. In a nutshell, if a rock or mineral is decomposed, disintegrated or loosened by chemical or mechanical processes, but stays where it is, it is called weathering. However the transport or moving of the weathered particle is known as erosion.
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Weathering is when rocks are broken down due to physical, chemical or biological process. Erosion is when pieces of rock is moved by gravity, water, wind and glaciers.
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Erosion is when a rock transports from one place to another from river, glacier or wind. Weathering is the breaking down of rock form chemical, physical and biological weathering.
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Weathering is when the rocks are broken apart, but erosion on the other hand, is when it is broken apart AND moved to some other place
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Weathering is the breakdown of materials by physical, chemical or biological processes whereas erosion is the movement of this material by hydraulic action attrition,solution saltation.
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The key factor in erosion is movement. Weathering occurs without movement. Weathering involves breaking down the substrate by chemical or physical means.

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Weathering is the breaking down of rock in situ, and erosion is basically weathering but it also transports the broken down sediment e.g. Down a river.
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Weathering is loosing the shape actually it is withering meaning loosing.....erosion normally happens to metals when the excess of oxygen in the air damages the metal....in other words erosion is rusting out of a metal..
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I think your answer is inaccurate from my knowledge. Erosion has nothing to do with metals you are refering to corosion of metals involving rusting
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Weathering is the breakdown of the earth's crust in the relation to chemical, mechanic and biological mechanism, though this depends on the climatic region. In comparsion, erosion is an umbrella term for break down of rock but is associated with various agents such as fluvial processes i.e- rivers and streams.

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