Changes to Earth's Surface

Term Definition
Glacier A large, thick sheet of slow-moving ice.
Volcano A mountain made of lava, ash, or other materials from eruptions.
Earthquake A shaking of Earth's surface that can cause land to rise and fall.
Flood A large amount of water that covers normally dry land.
Plain Flat land that spreads out a long way.
Weathering The breaking down of rocks on Earth's surface into smaller pieces.
Plateau A flat area higher than the land around it.
Erosion The process of moving weathered rock and soil from one place to another.
Landform A natural shape or feature on Earth's surface.
Canyon A valley with steep sides.
Valley The low land between mountains or hills.
Mountains The highest kind of land, with sides that slope toward its top.

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