Regents Prep: Earth Science: W. E. D., & Landforms: Introduction

The process of weathering, erosion, and deposition are a main force behind landscape types. Although they are not the only reason for a plain, plateau, and mountain region to form. Other factors such as glaciation and tectonic activity lead to landscape building. In New York State, glaciation is one of the main causes to why one can see many types of landscape regions. In this section we will discuss the meaning of each of the key terms that are on the left link column and how they pertain to the formation of landforms.

Aside from glaciation and tectonics the water cycle or hydrologic cycle (see graphic below) is the driving force behind WED (weathering, erosion, and deposition). This process along with winds help form the surface landscape. But without gravity and the sun this whole process would not occur.


The water cycle process looks like this:


Without this process weathering, erosion, and deposition would have a difficult time occurring on Earth.

Earth Science Weathering and Landform Topics