AskDefine | Define denudation

Dictionary Definition

denudation n : the removal of covering [syn: stripping, uncovering, baring, husking]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of stripping off covering, or removing the surface; a making bare.
  2. The laying bare of rocks by the washing away of the overlying earth, etc.; or the excavation and removal of them by the action of running water.

Extensive Definition

Denudation is the process by which the removal of material, through means of erosion and weathering, leads to a reduction of elevation and relief in landforms and landscapes. Exogenic processes, including the action of water, ice, and wind, predominantly involve denudation. Denudation can involve the removal of both solid particles and dissolved material. Both mechanical and chemical weathering occurs in relation to geomorphological landforms. At present the most significant processes leading to denudation include deforestation (including slash-and-burn practises of local peoples), overgrazing and certain forms of intensive farming which lead to large scale erosion.
Factors affecting Denudation include:
Surface geography Properties of Earth material Climate Tectonic setting Activities of man, animals and vegetation
denudation in Czech: Denudace
denudation in German: Denudation
denudation in Estonian: Kulutus
denudation in Croatian: Denudacija
denudation in Hungarian: Denudáció
denudation in Dutch: Denudatie
denudation in Polish: Denudacja
denudation in Portuguese: Denudação
denudation in Russian: Денудация
denudation in Slovenian: Denudacija
denudation in Ukrainian: Денудація
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