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  • 0:02 How Does a Pebble Move?
  • 0:59 What Is Erosion and…
  • 1:57 Examples of Erosion
  • 2:43 Examples of Deposition
  • 3:15 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Ryan Newton
Erosion and deposition are natural processes that occur constantly. This lesson will teach you how erosion and deposition work to change the surface of our earth, then you can test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Pablo the Pebble

Pablo is a tiny pebble who lives in a little patch of grass near a river. Pablo is not well behaved, so he's always grounded. He is getting really bored of being in the same place all the time, and he often dreams of escaping to the faraway land across the river.

One morning, Pablo wakes up and notices that the wind is blowing a little bit harder than normal. He hears thunder and sees lightning flashing across the sky. Pretty soon, the wind really starts to gust, and big fat raindrops start to fall.

All of a sudden, Pablo is lifted off of the ground by a strong wind and whisked into the fast-flowing river. The water carries him for several minutes until he washes up on the opposite bank. Pablo is in a whole new world. He has just experienced natural processes called erosion and deposition.

What Is Erosion and Deposition?

Pablo's little adventure is an example of what's always happening in nature. Erosion is when materials, like soil or rocks, are moved by wind or water. All these materials are called sediments. Deposition is when those sediments are deposited, or dropped off, in a different location. These processes change the way the surface of the earth looks over time.

Erosion and deposition are constantly happening. After all, wind and water can easily cause materials to move to different places. Next time it rains, find a patch of dirt and watch what happens to it when the drops hit. Does the dirt look exactly as it did before, or was it moved in some way? And when it's windy outside, can you see all of the dust blowing through the air? These are just a couple of examples of erosion and deposition happening all around us.

Now, let's look at some more specific examples of these natural processes.

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