Earth and Moon

The erosion of the earth's surface

The erosion of the earth's surface

We call "erosion" a series of natural processes of a physical and chemical nature that wear and destroy the soils and rocks of the crust of a planet, in this case, the Earth.

Terrestrial erosion is the result of the combined action of several factors, such as temperature, gases, water, wind, gravity and plant and animal life. Some of these factors predominate in some regions, such as wind in arid areas.

Also, and much more in recent times, accelerated erosion occurs as the result of human action, whose effects are perceived in a much shorter period of time. Without human intervention, these soil losses due to erosion would be compensated by the formation of new soils in most of the Earth.

In this chapter we will see what erosion is and how it occurs.

In this chapter:

Weathering: The earth's crust suffered numerous alterations caused by the internal forces of the planet, so it is… Read page Chemical weathering: Chemical weathering is the set of processes carried out by means of water or by… Read pageTypes of Soils: Thanks to erosion and the activity of living beings, the outer portion of the earth's rocky crust, its… Read page River erosion: Inland waters are an erosive agent of the first magnitude. In the form of rivers that run on the… Read page Wind erosion: Compared to water, wind is a less intense erosive agent, but in dry regions it acquires a… Read page Glacial erosion: Glaciers are very important erosive agents that , in the past, they modeled a good part of the… Read page Marine erosion: The coast is the border area between the mainland and the sea. It is constantly subjected to erosive action… Read page Biological erosion: Living beings also modify the landscape, sometimes, slowly and almost imperceptibly and, sometimes, in a way… Read page Human impact on the environment: All organisms alter, to some extent, the environment in which they live, modeling the landscape… Read page