The phenomenon of rock weathering is described in simplified but complete terms. Also described are the ways in which forces and agents of nature can change relatively dense, solid rock materials into relatively loose, fragmented soil materials and how the composition and structure of the rock compares with the composition and structure of the resulting soil. The contribution of mechanical, biological and chemical processes are delineated with a thorough description and discussion of the role played by chemical processes. The relative contributions of climate, topographic relief, and rock composition and structure to the process of weathering are discussed and the overriding importance of climate and topograohic relief is demonstrated. The paper concludes with a description of typical soil profiles that develop in North American climates.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Boston Society of Civil Engineers

    230 Boyston Street
    Boston, MA  United States  02116
  • Authors:
    • Brierley, G S
  • Publication Date: 1974-10

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  • Accession Number: 00097744
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1975 12:00AM