Mechanical Weathering: Definition, Process, Types & Examples


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Which of the following statements best describes mechanical weathering?

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1. The buckling of railroad tracks in this image is an example of:

2. The mechanical weathering of rocks that leaves behind an accumulation of angular, coarse-grained fragments is known as:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz will mainly deal with definitions related to mechanical weathering. You will be asked to demonstrate your knowledge of key terms related to mechanical weathering

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The assessment examines your knowledge of the following:

  • What mechanical weathering is
  • Term for when minerals expand and contract based on temperature
  • Word for the accumulation of loose, coarse-grained framgments
  • Definition of frost shattering
  • What the breakdown of rock by friction is called

Skills Practiced

You will practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of mechanical weathering
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the breakdown of rocks and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the materials left behind by weathering

Additional Learning

To learn more, head over to the related lesson called Mechanical Weathering: Definition, Process, Types & Examples. The lesson can help you with these objectives:

  • Understanding mechanical weathering
  • Exploring thermal expansion
  • Describing how plant activity contributes to weathering
  • Detailing where these processes can be seen