According to the CK-12 Foundation, the most common examples of wind erosion are rock formation and desert varnish. Wind erosion can also affect much smaller rocks and structures, as evidenced by the desert pavement in th... More » Science Earth Science Erosion & Weathering

Examples of erosion include water erosion, wind erosion and ice erosion. These different types of erosion slowly wear down land structures over long periods of time. One of the most famous examples of a landmark created ... More »

Gravity causes erosion by pulling dirt, rocks and soil downward. For example, as water mixes with dirt to form soft mud, the mud cannot support itself against the force of gravity. More »

Mechanical weathering is the erosion of rock caused by physical processes. Extreme temperature changes and constant exposure to water or air are common causes of mechanical weathering. More » Science Earth Science Erosion & Weathering

"Wave erosion" occurs when the energy and pressure of waves combines with the chemical composition of water to erode rock and sand. Wave erosion is also known as coastal erosion and occurs not only in oceans, but also in... More »

Acid rain causes erosion by chemically reacting with certain minerals in rock, causing it to dissolve in the water and otherwise escape the structures in which it is bonded. This is a particularly a problem with limeston... More »

Headward erosion occurs when the source of a stream channel is lengthened by erosion of the rock and soil in its basin. This type of erosion occurs in the opposite direction of the flow of the stream. More »