Joints enhance weathering
Pubdate:5/31/2015 SundayCategory:Science Popularization

Weathering happens along the joints, therefore, rocks with more joints are more easily weathered. The intersection of sets of joints experiences the strongest weathering.

The rock is cut by several sets of joints into some polyhedral fragments, whose edges and corners are the first to be affected by temperature and water. As time goes by, with the cornersgradually wearing away, the rock becomes spheroid, and this phenomenon is called spheroidalweathering.

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