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GEOG 1113 Unit 1

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Introduction to Landforms Structure of the Earth  Radius: 400 miles  Gold mines: 2 mile o Get hotter as depth increases because rocks increase in temperature  Oil wells: 4.5 miles  Geothermal gradient: 1C / 50 m o Rate at which temperature increases as depth increases, moving closer towards the center of the earth  Density of surface rocks: 2.8g / cc (cubic centimeter) o Average density of earth: 5.5g / cc  Average for any given rock  Density of rock increases as depth increases o Average density is 5.5g / cc, but surface average density is only 2.8g / cc Shock Waves / Seismic Waves produced by earthquakes  Every time there is an earthquake, the whole world feels it  When there is an earthquake, the energy moves out into the rock in all directions  Epicenter: the point on the surface directly above an earthquake’s focus point, strongest and closest to focus  Focus: the origin of the earthquake  Anticenter: the point of the surface that is diametrically opposite to the epicenter  Seismograph: instrument used to measure the strength of the earthquake o Milne-Shaw Seismograph Used around 1940s, but improved over time 1) Light reflected from mirror onto rotating drum (with light sensitive paper) 2) Light burns a line into paper 3) Measures time that displacement of beam occurred  Seismogram: record of the measurement made by the seismograph  John Milne & John Johnson Shaw created Milne-Shaw Seismograph  Drum seismograph: displacement from side to side creates lines that measure the strength of the earthquake Types of Seismic Waves  Primary (P) – 4.8 miles/sec  Secondary (S) – 2.7 miles/sec  Long (L) – 2.5 miles/sec  P+S waves travel out from the focus deep within the earth  L waves move slowly, often reflected / refracted, can cause most devastation because they can’t handle dense rocks and move through surface  P waves travel in the same manner as sound waves o Push/pull in direction of energy movement  S waves o Up/down movement o Vibration of particles o Horizontal side to side  L waves (surface waves) o Orbital motion o Elliptical Locating an Earthquake’s Epicenter P wave energy is the fastest o About 2x fast as other waves L wave travels across surface P & S waves move directly from source to surface through earth P waves arrive sooner to seismograph than S waves o The larger time displacement between arrival of P and S waves, the farther away the earthquake is 1) Use seismograph to find the time between P and S waves 2) Use Time vs. Distance chart to find distance 3) Draw circles on a map radiating from seismocenters Shadow Zones  P waves travel through solids, liquids, and gases  S waves travel only through solids S-Wave Shadow Zone  S wave shadow zone is located at 103 from epicenter around each side of the surface of the earth  Since S wave don’t pass through liquids, energy is absorbed by the earth’s core (liquid), thus creating the shadow zone o Core is liquid because high heat and low pressure P-Wave Shadow Zone P wave energy refracted through core o Change in density of mantle->core causes angle refraction o Core is much denser than mantle P wave shadow zone ranges from 103 to 143 from the epicenter on each side of the earth’s surface Seismic Wave Travel Time  It takes about 4 minutes to travel to the core’s edge and about 20 minutes to travel to the anticenter  As focus depth changes, P-shadow zone’s position will also change Why are the wave paths curved?  Energy is faster in denser rocks  As the energy front enters the core from the mantle, energy is refracted and one edge refracts sooner than the other edge of the front o Mantle is solid – fast o Core is liquid – slow Internal Structure of the Earth  Inner to Outer: Inner core, Outer core, Mantle, Asthenosphere, Lithosphere  Asthenosphere: not a completely true liquid but it still mobile o Similar to glass in that it is a flexible solid o Flows more slowly than the mantle  Outer core is a liquid because it is under high heat and lower pressure (ideal conditions for melting solids)  Inner core is solid because it is under high heat and high pressure (ideal conditions for maintaining state)  Temperature decreases closer towards surface o Pressure remains same, so levels solidify more and more closer to surface Zones within the Earth Interior of the Earth Earth’s Magnetic Field  Produced by flow of electrically-charged particles in core  Flow generates electrical current that produces magnetic field  Flow in outer core is 1 million times faster than flow overlying mantle  Dynamo: rotate a magnet inside a coil of copper wire to produce a current  Electric motor: pass a current through a coil of wire to produce a magnetic field Earthquakes  Richter Scale o Charles F. Richter, 1935 o Modified in 1965 and 1967 o “The log10 of the maximum seismic wave amplitude (measured in 1000ths mm) on a Wood-Anderson seismograph at 100 km from the epicenter” How Severe is an Earthquake  2.5 – large enough to be felt nearby st  5.0 – about the same severity as 1 atomic bomb detonated in New Mexico ( July 16, 1945)  8.6 – releases about 3 million times the energy of a 5.0, or 3 million atomic bombs Largest Earthquakes  Scale is logarithmic, so 5.0 is 10x larger than 4.0, and 6.0 is 100x larger than 4.0 o 33x the energy released for each unit of scale  San Francisco – 1989 – 7.1  Alaska – 1899 – 8.6  On average, we receive 2 earthquakes measuring about 7.8-8.6 Continental Drift  Early on, geologists found marine shells and corals in rocks that are thousands of feet above sea level o This suggested either that sea level was once much higher than now, or that the rocks had somehow been pushed upward to higher elevations  In 1915, Alfred Wegoner, a German meteorologist, suggested that not only had the rocks been pushed up, but that the continents had also moved horizontally o In 1930, he proposed that at one time, all the continents formed one super- continent, called “Pangaea” (“all earth”) Can we prove Wegoner is correct?  A) The Jigsaw Problem 1) Do the pieces fit?  We should be bale to fit the continents together if Pangaea were true 2) If pieces fit, is the picture correct?  Sometimes, jigsaws fit but color and picture do not match up  We can test this by looking at the patterns and ages of rock by examining evidence of ancient glaciation  B) Paleomagnetism 1) Does evidence show that the continents were joined?  Ancient magnetism is used to determine past position of continents 2) If continents did drift, when did Pangaea exist and how did the continents drift? The problem of Shape: Where is the edge of the continent?  Shoreline is not always in the same position o Varies due to ever-changing sea level  The edge is probably somewhere on the continental slope Sire Edward Bullard  Bullard’s Fit  During the 1960s, Bullard and his associates used a compass to try to fit all the continents together  Instead of using shorelines, like other geophysicists had done, he used a depth of 500 fathoms (3000 feet) (1 fathom = 6 feet) below sea level  Bullard created an almost near perfect match of continental positions of Pangaea Evidence of Ancient Glaciations  Glacial striations are scratch marks on rocks  A pebble frozen into basal glacial ice gorges a furrow in bedrock over which the ice is moving  Eventually, the pebble starts to loosen and roll and then is carried upwards into the ice and stops making striations o Sharp end of striation is the final position of the pebble o Striation also gets shallower towards the end Glacial Till Fabric  Tillites are indurated, or cemented, glacial tills  Common cements are calcite and silica  An example of a tillite is the Dwyka tillite in Southern Africa  Evidence of Permo-Carboniferous glaciation 300 million years ago o In many areas, the evidence suggested ice flow from the sea to land, which does not make sense o It makes sense when we reassemble Pangaea o South pole was close to where Johannesburg in South Africa is today Paleoclimate Evidence of Continental Drift  If Pangaea really existed, evidence of past climates should make sense across the super-continent…and it does o Coal o Ice-rafted boulders o Coral o Evaporate deposits o Desert dune deposits Paleontological Evidence of Continental Drift  If Pangaea existed, plants and animals in South America, Africa, Madagascar, India, Antarctica, and Australia should show some resemblance…THEY DO! o Anacondas in Madagascar and South America (extinct in South Africa, replaced by python) Paleomagnetism (Ancient Magnetism)  Remanent Magnetism o Eiter thermal remanent magnetism (TRM) or depositional remanent magnetism (DRM)  Magnetism in rocks o Curie temperature: 700C  Heat at which magnetism is lost o Lava (molten rock) has a temperature of about 900-1200C o As lava cools, it acquires magnetic properties known as remanent magnetism Estimating the Latitudes of continents in the Past  Latitudes can be calculated using knowledge of the magnetic lines of force in the area  Equation: tan(m) = 2 tan(L) o m = inclination of magnetic lines of force o L = latitude of location  Example 1:  Age: 200 Ma  Inclination: 45 o Estimated latitude: 26.6N  Example 2:  Age: 300 Ma  Inclination: 0 (the equator) o Estimated latitude:  Northern Europe is now at 50N, but 300 Ma it was close to the equator o As a result, carboniferous coal deposits are common in Northern Europe, which fuled the Industrial Revolution A Wandering Magnetic Pole  Remanent magnetism in rocks suggest that the magnetic pole has migrated in a sinuous path over the last 520 Ma  In fact, the magnetic pole was fixed. It was the continents that moved. o If continents are positioned correctly, and the subsequent magnetism is recorded, the pole appears to stay stationary Discovering Magnetic Reversals  Reverse magnetization: the north pole and south pole switch locations  Scientists test different levels of cooled lava and find readings of alternating reversed polarity of the remanent magnetism o Drill out samples from known varied levels of rock to test magnetism  Normal: from core, down to south pole, around earth up to north pole  Reversed: from core, up to north ole, around earth down to south pole  Without a magnetic field, earth’s organisms would suffer greatly from UV rays and other harmful elements o During magnetic reversals, magnetic fields weaken  Allows for opportunity of rays and other elements to reach earth  Foreign elements can cause birth defects o Birth defects and mutations signify the start of a new era of evolution  Suggests that evolution occurred in short bursts over time with each pole reversal, rather than over a long period of time as Darwin proposed  We are currently in Bruhnes Normal Remanent Magnetism The Breakup of Pangaea  Laurasia – Northern Hemisphere continents  Gondwanaland – Southern Hemisphere continents  Tethys sea  Iapetus Ocean – pre-Atlantic Ocean o Pushed up into Appalachian Mountains  Sutured: two land masses collide o India and Asia, creating the Himalayas Plate Tectonics  Mid-ocean ridges o More than 27,000 feet hi goon ocean floor  Deep-ocean trenches o More than 23,000 feet deep  Magnetic Lineations on ocean floor  Earthquakes / Volcanoes occur in narrow belts  Guyots  Continental rocks o Continental rocks are more than 550 Ma, but oceanic crust is only 65-190 Ma o Older rocks continually get destroyed in zone of subduction, so the only rock left in he oceanic plate is more recent Magnetic Lineations  Plane equipped with magnometer to measure strength of the magnetic field flies over area of ocean  Resulting map shows linear bands of strong and weak magnetization What the magnometer measures  As the plane flies over positively magnetized rock, the remanent magnetism is added to earth’s magnetic field when strength of field is measured  When the rock is reversely magnetized, the remanent magnetism is opposite of earth’s field and remanent magnetism is subtracted from earth’s magnetic field Guyots  Mountain on the deep ocean floor o rounded tops: seamounts o flat tops: guyots  shallow marine sediments have been dredged from the top Model of Plate Tectonics a) four plates – two continental, two oceanic b) plates are driven by convection currents in the mantle  plates are pulled away from each other by opposing convection currents o cracks form o molten lava fills in the gaps of the plates  molten lava remains in liquid form  pressure drops closer to surface, but temperature stays the same c) earthquake / volcanic activity at sea floor spreading zones of subduction d) deep ocean trenches at subduction zones  plate is pushed down into mantle by convection current  plate is melted due to high temperature of mantle  molten lava rises up to the surface and creates volcanoes e) high mountains on ocean floor at mid-ocean ridges  plutons – large bodies of molten rock that cooled below the surface of the ocean o i.e. Stone Mountain Structure of the Upper mantle and Crust  Lithosphere plate contains continental crust, oceanic crust, and upper portion of mantle o continental crust: 35km thick  SIAL  Density at top: 2.7 g/cc  Density at discontinuity: 2.9 g/cc o Oceanic crust: 5-6km thick  SIMA  Density at discontinuity: 3.31 g/cc  Discontinuity at bottom: 3.34 g/cc o Upper colder portion of mantle: 60km thick  SIMA o Mohorovicic discontinuity between continental crust and upper portion of mantle  Lower hotter portion of mantle: starts about 70-80km below earth’s surface Sea floor Spreading  Worldwide spreading rates 1.5-15.7 cm/year  Atlantic Ocean floor is spreading 2.5-5.0 cm/year o i.e. Mid-Atlantic ridge down splitting, causing Iceland to grow larger Mountain Building 1) Volcanic mountains 2) Large scale mountain ranges Volcanoes  Manua Loa volcano o Main island of Hawaii o 120km diameter o 9km from base to summit  Olympus Mons o Volcano on Mars o More than 700km in diameter o 25km from base to summit Why are volcanoes on Mars larger than those on Earth?  Plates on Earth move o Subduction zone is not permanent  Plates on Mars do not move o Subduction zones are permanent  Only melt plates in same spot over and over again  Allowing for uninterrupted growth where volcanoes are located (places where there are no subduction zones, so plates do not get melted) Types of Eruptions  Effusive: lava has low silica content o Mainly found in oceanic areas o Quiet eruptions  Explosive: lava has high silica content o Usually found on continents  Central-vent volcanoes  Fissure eruptions and flood basalts o Lava seeps up through cracks in crust  Kimberlite pipes: feeder pipes deep in the earth, leading to surface o High heat and high pressure are ideal for creating diamonds from coal Continental Volcanoes  Kilauea is a parasite cone (secondary escape point – usually on edge of volcano) of Manua Loa, Hawaii  Mt. Etna (Sicily) is about 10,900 feet high and it has more than 200 parasite cones Products of Vulcanism  Gases  Pyroclastic material (Tephra)  Lava that becomes basalt Gases  Less than 1% of products by weight, but take up a lot of volume  Most abundant: steam (water), carbon dioxide, nitrogen, sulfur dioxide  Lesser amounts: hydrogen, carbon monoxide, sulphur, chloride The Primordial Atmoshphere  The earth’s original atmosphere is believed to have been much like the suite of gases given off by volcanic eruptions today  Simple experiments to simulate early conditions with an ocean (salt water), an atmosphere, and lightning (spark of energy) have produced organic molecules (proteins) Pyroclastic material (Tephra)  Three different types: o Essential o Accessory o Accidental  Volcanic bombs o Surtsey off the coast of Iceland, 1964  Lapilli: lead shot-sized or pea-sized fragments  Dust: volcanic veil theory o Mt. St. Helen, March 1980 o Krakatau in Sumatra and Java, 1883 o Volcanic Veil Theory  Environment and climate change due to lack of sun’s rays  Rays are blocked by clouds of volcanic ash in the sky  Look at ice to identify acid layers of previous dust in order to date and count old eruptions


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