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Standard II - Earth Surface

Standard: Students will understand that volcanoes, earthquakes, uplift, weathering, and erosion reshape Earth’s surface.

Objective 1: Describe how weathering and erosion change Earth’s surface.
Objective 2: Explain how volcanoes, earthquakes, and uplift affect Earth's surface.
Objective 3: Relate the building up and breaking down of Earth's surface over time to the various physical land features.

Science Benchmark
The Earth's surface is constantly changing. Some changes happen very slowly over long periods of time, such as weathering, erosion, and uplift. Other changes happen abruptly, such as landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes. All around us, we see the visible effects of building up and breaking down of the Earth's surface.