A natural degradation process. Erosion is a general term that covers the loss or breaking down of a substance due to wind, rain, ice, waves, chemical reactions or human use. Chemical erosion may occur when a material is altered by dissolution, hydration, oxidation (corrosion) or carbonization. Mechanical erosion occurs when portions of a material are physically separated and transported to a new location.
Synonyms and Related Terms
weathering; Erosion (Deut.); érosion (Fr.); erosão (Port.)
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