Chemical weathering

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Chemical weathering is the chemical decomposition of geological material (e.g., rocks, soil parent material) by a variety of chemical process like oxidation, hydrolysis, and carbonation. Chemical weathering alters the chemistry of the weathered material, whereas physical weathering does not.

These chemical processes need water, and occur more rapidly at higher temperature, so warm, damp climates are best. Chemical weathering (especially hydrolysis and oxidation) is the first stage in the production of soils.


  • Wikipedia Weathering [1]

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