Landforms Vocabulary

Term Definition
Constructive processes processes that create landforms
Destructive processes processes that destroy landforms
Weathering the process that breaks down rock at or near the surface of the earth
Erosion the movement of sediments and soil by wind, water, ice, and gravity
Watershed all of the land that water flows over or through before reaching a lake or river
Deposition the dropping, or depositing, of sediments by water, wind, or ice
Landslides mass movements of land due to gravity
Volcanoes mountains with openings in Earth's crust through which magma, gases, and ash reach Earth's surface. When they erupt they change the surface of the Earth
Earthquakes vibrations on Earth'd surface caused by sudden movement in Earth, often along a fault.
Floods occur when a large amount of water covers land that is usually dry
Natural Resources the materials that people can take or use from the earth
Pollution anything that harms the natural environment
Conservation the wise use of resources

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