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How do freezing temperatures cause rock weathering?

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Answered 2010-02-27 22:26:09

Frost wedging occurs when liquid water flows into rock cracks and crevices and then expands upon freezing. The wedging creates a deeper or larger crack which can then be further expanded by additional frost wedging. Additionally, the frost wedging creates additional rock surface which can then be attacked by chemical weathering, mainly by the natural acidity of rainwater.

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How does the freezing and thawing cause weathering of rocks?

because it cracks the rock

Is ice freezing in a crack of a rock considered weathering or erosion?

Ice freezing in a crack of a rock is considered weathering.

What type of climate has the greatest amount of rock weathering caused by frost action?

A wet climate in which temperatures alternate between below freezing and to above freezing.

Does freezing then thawing a mechanical weathering of a rock?

Yes, it is a form of mechanical weathering. Water manages to get into a crack in a rock, and with cold temperatures, freezes. When transferring from a liquid to a solid, the molecules of water expand by crystallization, widening the crack in the rock.

What is water freezing in the crack of a rock an example of?

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What factors cause mechanical weathering?

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Which of theses can cause the expansion and contraction of rocks due to weathering?

Warming during the day, will expand the rock. Freezing during the night, will contract the rock.

Can ice cause physical weathering?

Yes. Ice causes physical weathering by gring rock with abrasion or by freezing and thawing when ice is stuck in rock it expands putting a larger crack in the rock and when it thawes the water goes down the rock and erodes it.

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The alternate freezing and thawing of soil and rock is called?

The alternate freezing and thawing of soil and rock is called freeze thaw weathering.

How can chemical weathering change a rock?

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Is freezing and thawing mechanical or chemical weathering?

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What is water freezing in a rock and cracking it called?

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What is the effect of freezing temperatures on rocks?

This process is called weathering. Very cold temperatures cause any water in the cracks of the rocks to freeze and expand which puts pressure on the rocks. The water thaws when the temperature rises. Repeating this process over and over will eventually undermine the strength of the rock causing it to crumble.

Water seeping into the joints or seams of a rock and then freezing can weather the rock. This is an example of what type of weathering?

I'm pretty sure it's chemical weathering!

Do plants cause the weathering of rocks?

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How does freezing water cause rocks to weathering?

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How does weathering release phosphate from a rock?

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