Erosion

9.5 km Marker

Erosion

Erosion · Érosion · Biigokamigaawin

Erosion can be caused by heavy rainfall. Photo: D. Sharon Pruitt / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-2.0

Can you spot where one edge of the Trail is cracked and sinking? You might be surprised by the cause: water!

Drip, drip, drip. One drop of water is tiny, but if you put enough of them together, water can be very powerful. As it runs along the ground, water washes away – or erodes – the dirt around it. The water carries this material downstream and eventually deposits it somewhere new. Over time, erosion can dramatically alter the landscape by changing shorelines and creating caves and canyons. Erosion and faulting are responsible for creating the Agawa Canyon, located northwest of Sault Ste. Marie.

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Challenge Yourself!

  • Test your knowledge

  • True or False

    The Group of Seven artists painted scenes from the Agawa Canyon.

  • True or False 2

    Erosion helps farmers’ crops grow better.

  • Multiple Choice

    Erosion can take away the soil and nutrients that plants and trees need to grow. It can also cause dangerous mudslides. What are some ways to prevent erosion?



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Think about it…

Have you noticed any other places in Sault Ste. Marie where erosion has taken place? Can you think of any famous places that were formed by erosion?