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In some case chemical weathering can cause this (where new crystals form from old ones but where the volume of the new crystals is not the same as the original).

In other cases the weathering process is temperature driven by water entering the porous layer of a weathering rock and freezing. This can split the rock parallel to the surface, giving it exfoliation layers.

Some texts also imply that exfoliation domes are produced by by removal of vertical pressure relieving paleo stresses in the rock, this however would not be a weathering process.

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