frost shattering

frost shattering

[′frȯst ‚shad·ə·riŋ]
(geology)
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Frost shattering (or freeze-thaw), caused by the expansion of frozen water in cracks.
Erosion due to water run- off, wind erosion, vegetation degradation and a phenomenon called frost shattering are the major processes of desertification in the country, according to the study.
Frost shattering is mainly found in mountainous regions, such as the Himalayas.
Thus a Chlorine-36 date may reflect either recent exposure of a surface due to processes such as frost shattering, or an original exposure date.
Or it could have been broken off a larger erratic lying on Salisbury Plain, by natural processes such as frost shattering.