Weathered granite

Weathered granite

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Credit: DUNCAN SHAW/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Weathered granite. Light illuminating rocks in the steep headwall of a glacial corrie (cirque). The cracks and fissures in the rock are caused by repetitive freeze-thaw cycles. This type of weathering is known as congelifraction or frost riving. Photographed at Coire an t-Sneachda, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, in November.

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