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Science Vocabulary

weathering is a slow, destructive process that breaks down rocks.
mechanical weathering is the breaking of rock into smaller pieces by gravity, ice, plant roots, or other factors.
chemical weathering the changing of material in a rock by chemical processes
Resource A supply that meets a need for materials or energy
Conserve to use a resource wisly
Deep ocean current ocean current caused by differences in water temperature or salinity
Surface current a current caused by the wind moving over the ocean
tide the daily rising and falling of earth`s waters on its coasts
erosion the movement of materials away from one place
deposition the placing of materials in a new place
landslide an event that occurs when gravity quickly pulls rocks and dirt downhill
volcano an opening in earth's crust in which steam, lava, and ashes erupt
earthquake the shaking of earths surface caused by the release of energy along a fault
flood a great flow of water over a large area that is usually dry land
continental shelf the extension of the continental crust under the ocean
continental slope a steep drop off at the edge of the continental shelf
rift zone a notch or valley between the edges of the plates at a spreading boundry
ocean trench a deep valley that forms when an ocean plate moves below another plate
continental landforms landforms on the continents
oceanic landforms landforms found under the ocean's water
current the continuous flow of water along a path in the ocean
barrier island a small island located near a coastline
inlet the opening between barrier islands
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