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More Than Just a Chip off the Old Block



More Than Just a Chip off the Old Block

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     challenging words:    sediment, material, rocks, soil, appear, often, shrink, during, become, form, itself, than, while, expand, year, part


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More Than Just a Chip off the Old Block
By Erin Horner
  

1     All of the soil in your backyard did not magically appear one night while you were sleeping. While soil is always being created, the process is a very slow one. It can take 1,000 years to form just one inch of soil! Soil does not have parents, but it is created from parent material. Parent material begins as rock. Often, the parent material is sediment that has been moved by wind, rain, or other forces. The breaking down of rocks, often brought about by weather, creates soil. We call this process "weathering." During hot summer months, rocks expand slightly. When the seasons change, and the weather once again turns cold, .....
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