Weathering and Sediment Genesis

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The genesis of detrital sediments could not take place without weathering. Both chemical and mechanical weathering processes work toward the fragmentation, disaggregation, and chemical alteration of rocks to form clastic particles (clay to boulder size) and solutes. The sediment system entrains clastic particles by various geomorphic processes. Solutes indurate soils and near surface sediments as well as cementing buried sediments. The weathering genesis of particles and weathering of sediments becomes relevant to concerns within geomorphology and sedimentology, including the recognition of fine-grained particles derived from weathering, and the implications of sediment weathering on environmental factors and dating methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTreatise on Geomorphology
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780128182352
ISBN (Print)9780128182345
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • Chemical alteration
  • Clay minerals
  • Clay-sized particles
  • Disaggregation
  • Geomorphology
  • Rock cycle
  • Sand
  • Scree
  • Secondary minerals
  • Sediment maturity
  • Sedimentology
  • Silt
  • Talus and weathering


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