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Glyptogenesis Land relief

Glyptogenesis Land relief


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Glyptogenesis is the wear and tear that exogenous agents produce in the earth's crust. These external agents come mainly from the sun's energy, such as water or wind, and erode the relief of the earth's crust. In the image you can see the effects of erosion caused by wind.

There are various processes of glyptogenesis. This is the case of weathering, which produces an alteration of the earth's surface due to the action of air gases, water, temperature changes and living things. Weathering can be mechanical or chemical.

The mechanics are due to temperature changes or the action of animals or plants. For its part, chemical weathering involves erosion agents that are in the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide or water vapor.

The effects of erosion by glyptogenesis depend on the intensity with which erosive agents act, such as water in its three states of matter or the force of the wind. The resistance of the material that receives the impact is also decisive.

Each exogenous erosion agent causes different forms of relief. Erosion produced by sea waves, wind or wind erosion, river erosion or glacial erosion can be distinguished.

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