Category: The Fundamentals of Physical Geography
Topic: Geomorphic processes
NCERT notes on important topics for the UPSC civil services exam. These notes will also be useful for other competitive exams like banking PO, SSC, state civil services exams and so on. This article talks about the Geomorphic processes.
- Geomorphological processes are natural mechanisms of erosion, weathering, and deposition that result in the alteration of the surficial materials and landforms at the surface of the earth.
- The exogenic and endogenic forces cause chemical actions and physical pressures on earth materials
- This brings about changes in the shape of the surface of the earth which are known as geomorphic processes.
- Mass wasting, weathering, deposition, and erosion are exogenic geomorphic processes.
- Volcanism and Diastrophism are endogenic geomorphic processes.
- Any exogenic element of nature such that ice, water, and the wind that are capable of obtaining and carrying earth materials can be called a geomorphic agent.
- When these elements of nature become portable due to gradients, they remove the materials and transport them over slopes and deposit them at a lower level.
- The gravitational stresses are as vital as the other geomorphic processes.
- Gravity is the force that is keeping us in contact with the surface and it is the force that switches on the movement of all surface material on earth.
- It is the directional force stimulating all downslope movements of matter and it also causes stresses on the earth’s materials.
- Indirect gravitational stresses stimulate tide and wave induced winds and currents.
- Without gradients and gravity there would be no movement and therefore no transportation, erosion, and deposition are possible.
- All the movements either on the surface of the earth or within the earth happen due to gradients —from high pressure to low pressure areas, from higher levels to lower levels, etc.
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