The term process , which comes from the Latin word processus, can be used with reference to all the stages or cycles of a certain operation or of a natural phenomenon. Endogenous , meanwhile, is what arises inside.
The idea of endogenous processes appears on the ground of the geology . Is about geological processes that have their origin inside the earth's crust .
He volcanism (the activity of volcanoes), the failure (the fracture of the cortex next to the displacement of one of the edges) and the folding (The effect that is generated in the crust when the rocks that are subject to lateral pressure move) are the most relevant endogenous processes. These events are primarily responsible for the characteristics of the relief of the land .
It is important to keep in mind that endogenous processes depend on forces inherent in the planet. The influence of the outside, in this framework, is very limited. The displacement of the earth's crust, volcanic activity and earthquakes They are caused by this type of process.
As for the emergence of endogenous processes, it should be mentioned that they are usually due to the thermal energy which is present in the cortex and in the mantle . In turn, thermal energy is produced by gravitational differentiation and by the decay of radioactive substances.
It should be noted that, as well as the endogenous forces cause inequalities in the surface of the planet , exogenous forces tend to reduce or eliminate them. The characteristics caused by the endogenous forces They are always modified by the actions of exogenous forces.