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What is the relationship of climate to mass wasting? Also, are certain climates more susceptible to mass wasting? Why?

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1. What is the relationship of climate to mass wasting? Also, are certain climates more susceptible to mass wasting? Why?

Climate is the average and variations of weather in a region over long periods of time. Climate zones can be defined using parameters such as temperature and rainfall. On the other hand, mass wasting is the downslope movement of regolith and rock under gravity, the effect of gravity, slope, angle and water. When the gravitational force acting on the slope exceeds its resisting force, slope failure (mass wasting) occurs.

Climates relation to mass wasting is that denudation (erosion) of rocks that are in the downslope movement is controlled, at least in part, by climate--vegetative cover, rainfall, temperature and glacial activity.

b. Also, are certain climates more susceptible to mass wasting? Why?

Therefore, areas with little vegetative cover and high amounts of rainfall are more acceptable to mass wasting. Sometimes, areas with higher temperatures (not always) associated with ...

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By example, the relationship of climate to mass wasting is described. It also explains whether or not certain climates more susceptible to mass wasting, and why.

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