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Weathering - The Breakup of Rocks



Weathering - The Breakup of Rocks
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.99

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     challenging words:    oxidation, gravity, dissolve, evidence, substance, effect, banks, expand, mechanical, however, earth, such, current, combine, chain, soil
     content words:    Grand Canyon, Colorado River


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Weathering - The Breakup of Rocks
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     Air, water, ice, and gravity. These are nature's agents of weathering. Weathering is the breaking down of rocks on the earth's surface. This process has been going on since the earth was formed.
 
2     Have you seen pictures of the Grand Canyon? Do you know how it was formed? You guessed it- weathering. The water from the Colorado River carved the canyon through the rock around it. Evidence of weathering is all around us.
 
3     There are two kinds of weathering. The first is mechanical weathering. A mechanic uses tools to take your car apart. Nature uses tools such as ice and water to take rocks apart. This is also called physical weathering.
 
4     Mechanical weathering doesn't change what the rock is made of. It simply changes the size and shape of the rock. There are several ways a rock can be weathered physically.

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