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The alternating of freezing and thawing in and around rocks is called what?

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02/28/2008

It is called frost heave, frost wedging, and freeze/thaw cycle, an example of mechanical weathering. Cracks formed in rocks by the pressure of freezing allow water to penetrate further, and enlarge the crack when that water freezes, gradually reducing the size of the rock body.