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10.1: Chapter 10: Erosion and Deposition

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Chapter Overview

This chapter explains how erosion and deposition shape Earth’s surface through the action of streams, groundwater, waves, wind, glaciers, and gravity.

Online Resources

See the following Web sites for appropriate laboratory activities:

In the lab at the following URL, students will investigate how a stream’s velocity affects its ability to cause erosion. The lab requires a stream table.

The lab “Huff ‘N Puff” at the URL below allows students to investigate sand dune formation and the effect of obstacles on sand dune migration. Included are background material, materials list, procedure, assessment, and extensions.

With the investigation “Glaciers” described at the following URL, students will investigate factors that affect how fast a glacier melts.

These Web sites may also be helpful:

Visit the URL below for information on building and using a stream table to simulate erosion and other processes involving sediment transport by water.

The following URL is a database of incredible photos for many glacier education topics including glacier hazards, how glaciers shape the landscape, and benefits of glaciers.

This URL contains common questions and myths about glaciers.

At the URL below, you can download a free handbook on landslides titled “The Landslide Handbook—A Guide to Understanding Landslides.” The handbook answers questions such as: What are landslides? Where do they occur? What causes them? How are they monitored? How can they be prevented? What safety measures can you follow if you live near steep hills? Written for a general audience, it is heavily illustrated with diagrams and photographs taken at locations around the globe.

Pacing the Lessons

Lesson Class Period(s) (60 min)
10.1 Erosion and Deposition by Flowing Water 2.0
10.2 Erosion and Deposition by Waves 1.5
10.3 Erosion and Deposition by Wind 1.5
10.4 Erosion and Deposition by Glaciers 1.0
10.5 Erosion and Deposition by Gravity 1.0

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