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Types of Weathering

In this lesson, you will learn how weathering leads to soil formation and erosion, what the differences and similarities are of mechanical and chemical weathering, and what factors affect the rate of weathering.

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to identify causes of erosion, explain how the processes of erosion deposition are connected, and explain the changes to earth's surface that erosion and deposition cause. Let's get started!

Have you ever wondered how cracks form on the sidewalk? Or have you ever thought about what caused the Grand Canyon to be so big and wide? In this video, you and your kids will learn about weathering, the three types of weathering, and how they affect the earth. 

Difference between Weathering and Erosion

Weathering breaks down the rock, and erosion carries the rock away. In this video, I explain the difference between weathering and erosion. Weathering weakens rocks and breaks the rock down using chemical or physical changes. The physical changes may be abrasion, wind, water, or ice. Chemical changes include oxidation, hydrolysis, and carbonation. Erosion moves the broken down rock away. This may include wind, water, or ice.

Coastal Erosion

With the recent wild weather on the East Coast, the Bureau of Meteorology is warning that it could cause coastal erosion. We look at what coastal erosion is, how it works and what’s being done to protect people who live on the coast.

Weathering and Erosion of Rivers

Why do rivers change their course? This video showcases the amazing phenomenon of how the Ucayali River has changed over time.

Storm Erosion

Storms and flooding caused huge problems across eastern Australia last week. The damage was particularly bad along the coastline where many homes were badly damaged. Here's why.

In this interactive video, students will respond to six questions on the fluvial processes of erosion, transportation and deposition.

Quick Quiz: Weathering

Quick Quiz: Indigenous Sustainability

Indigenous peoples pass down knowledge of how to take care of the land to each generation.

Weathering, Erosion and Deposition Song

This song compliments "The Rock Cycle Rock" and focuses on the processes that change Earth's surface; weathering, erosion, and deposition. It explains how water, wind, and ice are chief agents of these changes that happen constantly. Often these changes are slow, but they are happening nonetheless.

Types of Weathering

Information about Weathering, Erosion, Transportation and Deposition

How Uluru Came to be? (ABC)

How Uluru Came to Be?

Indigenous Perspectives

Indigenous Perspectives on Weathering and Erosion

Resource Key

Resource Level

We have graded each source in this Research Guide according to the following levels. 

Level 1

Brief, easy to read information which may be basic and use informal language. Newspaper articles are generally this level.

Level 2

Generally includes subject-specific language, provides additional reading and may provide additional background information.

Level 3

Typically, these will be longer in length, detailed and contain technical information.