Sedimentation, Weathering, and
What is weathering?
It is the natural process by which rocks are
broken into fragments by the elements (wind,
rain, ice, heat, etc.) or living organisms.
It leads to (or can lead to)erosion, the process
of transporting loose fragments from one
place to another.
The rate of weathering depends on an area’s
climate; the method of weathering depends
on an area’s elevation
Erosion leads to ….
Deposition, the process in which newly formed
sediments are dropped into a new location,
usually a low
lying area or a body of water. Here
With these sediments, chemicals and minerals
are also carried and released.
How can the combination of sediments,
chemicals, and minerals influence the rock cycle
and create the process of sedimentation?
Why is this information important to
us, especially in Florida?
Consider the following:
Florida itself is mostly made of recent
sediment (especially limestone)
Sinkholes and mudslides
Types of Weathering
Mechanical Weathering is the breakdown of
rock by a physical means
connect to the grass card in the game
How do we use mechanical weathering?
The breakdown of rocks due to the presence
What is the connection between the water
cycle, pollution, and chemical weathering?
Hint: Acid precipitation
How can this create or influence mudslides
Other forms of chemical weathering
the growth of lichens on rock
they produce acids as they grow
Rust on metal
this results from a
process called oxidation, where oxygen reacts
with iron and other metals to become an
Closing questions to consider
Over thousands or even millions of years,
what role did the following play in the
formation of Florida?