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Is mechanical weathering and physical weathering the same thing?

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February 18, 2008 6:21PM

They are the same thing. Mechanical weather would be a subset of physical weathering. Physical weathering would be anything that reduces the physical composition of something (lets take a rock as our example.) mechanical weathering would be the result of an object of mass either abrading or cleaving the rock: sandpaper and sledge-hammers. Chemical weathering would be something like acid Photo-weathering would be from UV light