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Geol Test 2 Study Guide

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Study Guide Test 2 Lecture 5  Sediment: most common type of rock Sedimentary Processes 1. Weathering a. Parent rock breaks down into particles called sediment Two types of weathering: a. Physical  Plant roots: split rock as the plant grows  Frost wedging: water gets into crack  freezes  ice expands  splits rock  repeat b. Chemical  More common (ex) feldspar +H2O+H2CO3 kaolinite + dissolved ions  Saprolite Formation: substance that has undergone extensive chemical weathering (translates to “rotten rock” because it falls apart easily) 2. Erosion a. Requires energy to transport from A to B (ex: water, wind, glaciers, gravity like landslides) 3. Deposition a. Basin: any place that can be filled with sediment b. Accommodation space: measurement of how much sediment can fit in a basin c. Subsidence: when the ground level in a basin sinks downward because of weight from sediment thus creating room up top for more sediment 4. Lithification a. Compaction: sediment gets compact as layers are added to basin **Layers also referred to as strata or beds b. Compaction fills the caps between the stratum of sediment c. Cementation: when the constant compaction pushes absorbed water out of the sediment layers and leaves behind little crystals that act as natural cement Classification 1. Detrital (aka clastic) sediment  created by physical weathering a. Gravel b. Sand c. Silt d. Clay Poorly sorted Traits of Detrital Material  Sorting: how uniform the grain size is indicates how long the erosion process was o Long erosion = well sorted (close to same size) o Short erosion =poorly sorted (all different sizes)  Rounding: how round the grain is indicates how long the erosion process was o Long erosion = well rounded o Short erosion = jagged, poorly rounded Identifying Clastic Sedimentary Rocks Well  Grain size is key  pick out the dominate grain rounded size o Ex: sand = sandstone o Ex: silt = siltstone 2. Chemical Sediments a. Form via chemical reactions  Dissolution and re-precipitation  Saltwater evaporation b. Crystal structures c. Usually comprised of 1 major mineral type: Ex: halite = salt rock Ex: quartz = chert d. Economically viable: high concentration of one mineral so easy to find if looking for that specific mineral without the processing costs 3. Biogenic Sediments: a. Sediment particles come from living organisms (ex: shells, partially decayed plants, microscopic organisms) i. Chalk: poorly cemented ii. Limestone: well cemented, tiny shell fragments iii. Coal: compressed plant material Mass Wasting (landslides) Slope Destabilization Factors  Angle of repose: max avg. number of steepness before whatever is added to the top just falls back down  Lack of Moisture: low water content/dry  Excessive moisture: too much moisture turns sediment into mud with landslides easily  Lack of vegetation: plant roots stabilize slopes and hold sediment in place  Excessive vegetation: too much vegetation can (1) add too much mass to a steep slope, (2) absorb too much water and make soil dry, (3) roots make channels for water to travel down Types of Mass Wasting/Landslides  Categories based on: o Material: sediment or mud or rock or snow or ice o Type of movement: rolling/sliding/flowing/falling downhill o Speed: rapidly or gradually 1. Rockslides: a. Fast, but not as fast as other materials b/c of friction between the ground and the rock 2. Creep: a. Sediment moving slowly downhill b. Barely noticeable Ex: fence on hill starts to lean downward because sediment is moving downhill Causes of Mass Wasting  Thunderstorms/heavy rains  Earthquakes  Human Landscaping  Clear cutting **Risk Management Maps are updated frequently to determine how at risk certain areas are for mass wasting Preventing Mass wasting  Drainage control: adding pipe systems to prevent over saturation of ground  Decrease slope grades: flattening hills to decrease the speed of run off  Building codes: like not allowing big houses to be build in steep hills  Retaining walls : concrete barriers to block falling rock from reaching roads  Rock Bolts: drive bold through rock into rock behind it to hold the outside rock in place **Prevention Cost: expensive to build/implement changes, but damage is more costly estimated return is $10-$2,000 per $1 spent on prevention **Case Study  1983 slide caused $200 million in damage, but could have been preventable if $0.5 million had been spent on drainage systems Lecture 6 Metamorphism (very slow process)  Metamorphic rocks help understand the geographic history of an area Temperature  Geothermal gradient: how fast the temp go up with depth in the earth (varies)  Avg: changes 30°C/km  Typical range: 20-60°C/km Metamorphism via Heat  Contact metamorphism: rock undergoes metamorphism due to direct heat from magma coming towards the surface o Primarily temp driven o Limited in scope/only occurs close to magma Pressure ** Note: 1 bar= 1 atm at surface of the earth  Pressure gradient: ~300 bar/km depth Types of Pressure 1. Confining pressure: rock is feeling equal pressure from all directions a. (Ex) swimming underwater 2. Directed pressure (aka differential): the majority of the pressure is being applied in a specific direction a. Compressional How much pressure is needed?  Most metamorphic rocks from at 10-30 km (aprox. 1- 1.6 mi) depth (mid-lower crust) Exposure  How metamorphic rocks get back to the surface o Faults  rocks on either side of fault move/broken down thorough weathering and erosion Types of Metamorphism Via Pressure o Regional metamorphism: large scale process/opposite of contact metamorphism o Contact metamorphism: INSERT DEFINITION o Fault metamorphism: occurs on a small scale along the fault line. Pressure is still the primary driver Via Fluid o Metasomatism: rock comes in contact with very hot ground water. Water flushes things out of the rock or deposits new minerals that change the mineralogy  Ores: high concentration of a specific mineral o Seafloor metamorphism: almost always forms basalt. specialized in environment where the cold seawater interacts with the rock Metamorphic Change  Metamorphic grade: measures metamorphic change due to change in temp and pressure o Low, intermediate, high o Doesn't tell you anything specific/needs to be better differentiated  Index minerals: a mineral can help identify the correct metamorphic grade o Each index mineral is formed in very specific environment  Metamorphic Facies: group of index minerals that form at the same temp and pressure o Ex) blueschists facies includes the minerals glaucophane, lawsonite, epidote 7 Major Metamorphic Facies **Facies used to reconstruct how metamorphism occurred Length of Metamorphism  Prograde: temp and pressure are climbing towards peak or metamorphic grade in rock history  Retrograde: temp and pressure are decreasing after they have already peaked in rock history (usually due to reaching the surface) ** We need to figure out the time frame of each period  Changes within minerals can record Pressure-Temp changes o Un-uniformity allows for tracking o Crystal grows outward with rings like a tree trunk Types of Metamorphic Rocks 1. Foliated Metamorphic Rocks a. Slate b. Schists: hard to identify (samples can vary drastically) c. Gneiss (pronounced “nice”) *these rocks are formed from different pressures 2. Non-foliated: a. large crystals b. high concentration of one specific mineral c. appearance is very similar so you cannot eyeball the identify i. Hornfels ii. Quartzite iii. Marble Geology in the News: sudden volcanic eruptions found to trigger from gas bubbles in magma Structural Geology: Focuses on how rocks deformed after they've been created = rock deformation  Note: Topographic (landscape) features and geologic structures are very different Tectonic Forces 1. Tensional: stretching an object (pulling away from the center in two directions) 2. Compressional: the area is getting squeezed or compacted 3. Shearing: material getting slid in two different directions at the same time Responses to stress:  Brittle: break with enough force  Ductile (aka plastic): bend away from force  Response can vary based on: o Rock type, temp/pressure, speed of deformation (faster the application, the more brittle the response) Types of Structures  Folds: formed with a ductile response to a compression force *Know limbs and hinge (where all the motion seems to be occurring) Classifying Folds 1. Shape (in road cut or cross-section view) a. Antiform: anti-smilie face (frownie Anti face) b. Synform: smilie face Syn c. Overturned: i. Overturned Antiform ii. Overturned Synform iii. Overturned  can’t tell if Antiform or Synform Overturned synform Overturne d antiform Overturned 2. Age of Layers relative to each other a. Anticline: oldest layer in the center fold between the limbs b. Syncline: the center fold layer is the youngest rock **This happens because tectonic forces can cause an entire stack of layers to get turned upside down 3. Geometry: a. Horizontal: squeezed in from both sides and nothing else (looks horizontal in birds eye view) b. Plunging: squeeze from both sides and tipped up or down (more common) Synform, Antiform, Syncline, Anticline, Horizont Types of Structures al Plunging  Joints: brittle response o Most common type of geologic structure o Tend to occur in sets o Can have more than one joint set within rock body  Faults: brittle response of cracking and then move/shift in different directions o Different sizes: from a couple of inches to 100s of miles o Classified by slip direction Types of Faults: 1. Dip Slip Fault: inclined fault plane, vertical motion, one side up and one side down **Picture yourself walking down the fault line  the side your feet would touch = foot wall a. Normal Dip Slip: when the hanging wall is lower, and the footwall is higher b. Reverse Dip Slip: when the foot wall is lower, and the hanging wall is higher Reverse Normal Reverse c. Thrust Fault: hanging wall higher than foot wall (not a steep incline, occur at subduction zones) 2. Strike-Slip Faults: horizontal movement (parallel to the fault plane) a. Left-lateral: no hanging/foot wall, each side thinks the other Top layer has slid up moved to the left on top of bottom layer b. Right lateral: each side thinks the other side moved to the right Faults and Forces  Compressional: hanging wall slides up line  Tensional: hanging wall slides down line  Shearing force: hanging wall moves to side Lecture 7 Geology in the news: 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Southern Taiwan  Apartment building fell over  Several dead and 100 missing  Chinese new year celebrations cancelled Earthquakes: build up of energy along a fault or plate margin 1. Stress < Friction 2. Stress ~ Friction (energy has built up, but still no movement, elastic deformation=rock starts to bend) 3. Stress > Friction (plates move) Earthquake Frequency  Small earthquakes are quite common o Aprox. 1 million quakes with a magnitude of 2 per year ~ 2,740 per day o Only about 10 quakes with a magnitude of 7per year Power of Earthquakes Earthquake Movement  Focus: underground point where the movement occurs on the fault in the earthquake o The center fault may not move o Many foci are only 2-20 km deep in continental crust (usually not any deeper b/c the rock has to be brittle for earthquakes to occur)  Epicenter: geographic point on the surface of the earth directly about the focus  Foreshocks: small movement that occurs before earthquake to try to relieve some of the built of energy  Aftershocks: small movements that relief the rest of the energy after earthquake Seismic Waves  Seismic waves: waves which the energy of an earthquake moves away from focus Three Types 1. Primary Waves (P waves): push/pull or compressional waves, fastest wave (6 km/s, 20x faster than the speed of sound), can move through both solids and liquids a. Ex) moves like a slinky or like a caterpillar 2. Secondary Waves (S waves): shear waves, vertical motion, slower (about half the speed of p waves), cannot move through liquid a. S wave shadow zone: area where s waves can’t get to (where the red lines don't reach in diagram) 3. Long Surface Waves (L waves): vertical and lateral motion, restricted to the surface of the earth Measurement and Detection  Seismometer (aka seismograph, the outdated name): tool to detect earthquakes Three myths about seismometer: 1. It’s a solo machine: acutally needs 3 seismometers minimum (one calibrated for E/W, one calibrated for N/S, one calibrated for Up/Down or z axis) 2. Old fashioned looking machines in movies: those are outdated everything is done digitally now 3. Swinging needles: the pendulum used for drawing waves doesn’t actually move, but the machine itself does (pendulum isn’t used anymore, everything digital) Finding the focus:  P waves arrive , then S waves arrive *Understand how this chart is used Measuring Damage 1. Mercalli Index: scale that measures how much damage/destruction the earthquake caused a. Uses roman numerals (I=lowest grade of damage) b. Not used by scientists b/c doesn't account for how populated the area hit was c. Easier to manipulate for insurance companies 2. Richter scale: measures the amount of shaking (Charles Richter 1935), logarithmic scale a. Not typically used by scientists 3. Moment magnitude: the amount of slip that occurs on the fault a. Easier to calculate b. Can be measured based on field data c. Best for scientific use Quakes and Plates  Faults are along plate boundaries o So, earthquakes occur near plate boundaries o Deep earthquakes occur along subduction zones  Because of this trend  risk assessment maps are made *Some quakes can still occur far from plate margins  But predicting earthquakes is difficult because every fault is different o Diff rocks/plate motion/forces o No magic formula to calculate when an earthquake will occur Damage Control  Land Use Policies: o Ex) 1972 California Law made it illegal to build on the fault  Building Codes: o Make sure buildings are stable so there is less damage  Ex) Tall buildings can’t be built along fault lines  Site Selection: o Solid rock is best to build on b/c of stability  Liquefaction: o Loose sediment contains a lot of water, when seismic waves goes through the sediment, it creates mud  Earthquake myth: o Rocks will crack open and swallow your entire house Lecture 8 Geology in the news: tin cans found within the walls of collapsed buildings after Taiwan earthquake Dating Methods  Relative dating: putting together a sequence to know what came 1 , 2 , andnd 3 rd o Ex) Dinosaurs existed before humans o Cost effective/essentially free/easier  Absolute dating: putting numbers on actual events o Ex) dinosaurs went extinct x million years ago o Can be expensive/more difficult/not always important Relative Dating  Fossils: any evidence of past life forms o Footprint, plant impression, sea shell, etc o Mainly found in sedimentary rock Stratigraphy: subset of geology (predates) study of strata or layers of rocks  Unconformities: breaks or gaps in time records where not all the time periods are represented in the layers of rocks (example on right) o Gap occurs when…  Sediment deposits runs out or no other layers are formed during that time  Run out of accommodation space (basin becomes full)  Eroding sediment faster than it is being deposited Three types of Unconformities 1. Disconformity: sedimentary rock on one side of gap and a diff type of sedimentary rock on the other (black line=gap) 2. Nonconformity: sedimentary rock on one side of the gap and igneous or metamorphic on the other **study tip: nonconformity = not the same 3. Angular unconformity: layers underneath gap come up and strike gap at an angle (takes a long time to develop) Two Problems with Unconformities 1. Identification: hard to find the gap 2. Duration: hard to find out how much time is past Stratigraphic Principles 1. Principle of Original Horizontality: layers of sediment originally form as a horizontal line 2. Principle of Superposition: when looking at a stack of layers, the one on the bottom is the oldest and layers above get younger 3. Principle of Cross-Cutting Relationship: whatever did the cutting is the youngest 4. Principle of Faunal Succession: fossils seen in different layers are always going to occur in a set pattern (the oldest rocks contain oldest fossils) a. Correlation: linking two places together to see how old the rocks are in relation to one another Example: correlation found via faunal succession Correlation with Fossils  Not all fossils are great for correlation o Want to identify short spans of time (more precision=stronger correlation) o Smaller, inconspicuous fossils usually better  Index (or guide) fossils: ideal fossil to use for correlation Four Qualifications to be index fossil: 1. Were numerous: a. a lot of them don’t get fossilized, so a bigger population increases chances of fossils 2. Widespread: a. The more places it lives in, the more places that can be correlated together 3. Went extinct quickly: a. “Die as fast as you can.” b. Precision = stronger correlation (cockroaches are a bad index fossil b/c they’ve been around forever) 4. Easy to identify: to insure you’re comparing the same fossils Other Correlation Tools:  Some places don’t have index fossils to use, so there are other dating methods  Lithostratigraphy: correlations based on rock types o Decent at starting correlation but too many underlying factors to finalize correlation  Sequence Stratigraphy: correlation based on pattern/sequence of unconformities o Beneficial to oil and gas industry b/c costal areas are ideal for sequence stratigraphy  Chemostratigraphy: chemically correlate areas o Ex) Iridium anomaly at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary: meters and asteroids have a massive amount of iridium so there must be a connection there  Magnetostratigraphy: magnetic signature that get recorded in rock layers o A little rough on the eyes: like trying to take two bar codes and slide them around until you can find matching black and white stripes


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