6 ways by which Massive Rocks move from one place to another.

1. Introduction

2. Massive Rocks Can be Moved By Wind

3. Massive Rocks Can be Moved By Ice(Glacial)

4. Massive Rocks Can be Moved By Gravity

5. Massive Rocks Can be Moved By Volcanic Eruptions

6. Massive Rocks Can be Moved By Earthquakes

7. Conclusion


Introduction


Although the subject seems easy, it isn’t in fact. This post will definitely help you to understand how such massive rocks can be transported from one place to another. The first thing we know about these rocks is that they are very hard and way too heavy for any machinery or even human beings. But in fact, an acute observation will prove that these rocks have actually been moved from one place to another.

Glacial Erratic


While many of us are familiar with the idea of glaciers carving out massive rock formations and leaving behind huge boulders that compose the landscape, there are other ways by which massive rocks actually get from place to place. Some of these methods include wind, water, ice, and gravity. We've all seen massive rocks in our backyards and wondered how they got there. The following is a list of six ways by which massive rocks move from one place to another.


1. Massive Rocks Can be Moved By Wind


Massive rocks can be blown into new locations by strong winds. This is especially true in areas where there is little vegetation to hold down the soil and keep heavy rocks from being moved by gusts of wind.

Wind-Moving Rock - 2016.01 - Panoramio


2.  Massive Rocks Can be Moved By Water:


 Massive rocks can also move through flowing water or when rivers change course due to flooding or other causes. In this way, rivers have carved out some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth by moving large stones as they flow downstream over time.

Large rocks partially submerged in water - Panoramio


3. Massive Rocks Can be Moved By Ice(Glacial):


 Ice can also move massive rocks by pushing them along its surface or pulling them up, as it melts away during warmer seasons, and times of the year when temperatures rise above the freezing point for long enough periods that water begins flowing again. After having been frozen solid for months at a time due to extremely cold weather conditions such as the ice age.

Glacial Erratic


4. Massive Rocks Can be Moved By Gravity


Gravity is an important agent for moving rocks because it pulls objects downward. The pull of gravity causes things like landslides and mudslides when rocks or sediment become unstable on the slope of a hill. It also causes rocks to fall off cliffs or outcroppings of stone. That's why you can often find lots of small rocks under cliffs or at the base of hillsides.

Retaining wall Gravity Stone Section

5. Massive Rocks Can be Moved By Volcanic Eruptions


Volcanic Eruptions can throw massive rocks up into the air. The rocks are cool as they fall back to Earth and harden into volcanic bombs. Although volcanoes rarely erupt these days, they're relatively common geological forces that can have significant effects on our planet's surface and atmosphere.

Volcanic Eruptions 


6. Massive Rocks Can be Moved By Earthquakes


 Earthquakes can shift massive rocks out of their place. These rocks may get caught on other rocks and form a dam for water or get pushed down into valleys and create new landforms. When an earthquake occurs, the ground will begin to shake and rocks will begin to move within its vicinity. The shaking will cause the rocks to jostle against one another and dislodge from their original position. 

 asphalt road divided by an Earthquake


Conclusion


As you can see, physical processes keep rocks in motion across the surface of the planet. Sometimes, the wind is sufficient. Occasionally, other kinds of mediate cause rock to move: glaciers, ice sheets, water, gravity, and plant roots. Furthermore, some rocks may also move via direct human action. This can include movement of rocks by humans, movement of rocks by machines or livestock (think sifting trommel screens), and plowing. Rock movement is a vital part of the earth's near-surface geology (along with volcanism and earthquakes).



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