Factors That Influence Weathering
Different areas with different climatic elements experience different types of weathering e.g. block disintegration is experienced in arid areas while frost action is experienced in temperate regions and mountainous regions of tropics.
Weathering is faster on steep slopes than on gentle slopes because weathered material is washed away quickly exposing the rock once again to agents while on gentle slopes materials remain in one position
shielding the rock from weathering agents.
Nature of rocks
Dark-colored rocks absorb more heat than light-colored ones hence breaking faster because of excessive expansion and contraction.
A rock with different minerals may disintegrate faster because of the differential expansion and contraction of minerals.
A well-jointed rock will break faster because physical and chemical agents can penetrate faster, e.g. by freezing and thawing.
People accelerate the rate of weathering by exposing rocks buried deep below by digging, blasting, and drilling.