Topographical features created by erosion

Thornton Force

Erosion involves the movement of fragments of rock, and therefore differs from weathering, which is just concerned with the decay of rock.

Although most features in areas of massive limestone are solution features caused by chemical weathering, the effects of erosion can also be seen.

Erosion is caused by a number of agents including ice (e.g. glaciers), wind, water (e.g. rivers and the sea) and even humans and other animals.

In this section we focus on the erosional features in the karst landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.

Features characteristic of erosion