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.
water cycle process looks like this:
Without this process weathering, erosion, and deposition
would have a difficult time occurring on Earth.
This page and the links at the left are designed to aid
students in reviewing the following topics which will appear
on the New York State Earth Science Regents Examination. In
addition, students may test their knowledge of the material
presented here by accessing multiple-choice questions from
past Regents Exams.