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How are metamorphic rocks classified?

How are metamorphic rocks classified?


School: University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
Department: Geology
Course: Dynamic Earth
Professor: Keene
Term: Spring 2015
Cost: 50
Name: Exam 3 Study Guide
Description: These are the questions given by Dr. Keene for the Exam 3 Study Guide
Uploaded: 10/14/2016
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Geo 101 – The Dynamic Earth  

How are metamorphic rocks classified?

Exam 3 Study Guide  

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1. How are diagenesis and metamorphism related to each other and what  causes each. What kinds of changes occur during metamorphism?  Diagenesis is caused by deeply buried sediment put under SOME heat and  pressure, but not enough to change the rock. If diagenesis continues, it  becomes metamorphism. Metamorphism is caused by MORE heat and  pressure that changes the rock with NO MELTING. 

2. How do geologists classify metamorphic rocks? By the parent rock and  the texture (foliated or nonfoliated)

3. What causes foliation? The rotation and recrystallization of elongated  minerals; only by compression

4. What does metamorphic grade tell us? It tells us how much heat and  pressure was used to create the rock.

In which cases do metamophism take place?

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5. What do metamorphic facies and index minerals tell us? Metamorphic  facies tells us what temperature and pressure conditions were used to create  the rock, while index minerals tell us the specific temperature and pressure  range.  

6. Where does metamorphism happen?  

1. Contact Metamorphism: Rock heated by intruding magma or hot rock   2. Regional Metamorphism: Associated with mountain building   3. Burial Metamorphism: Very deeply buried sediment   4. Dynamic Metamorphism: Fault zones  

 5. Subduction Zones: High pressure, low temperature   6. Shock: Meteorite impact  

7. What is the rock cycle? Any rock can become any other type of rock 8. What causes earthquakes?

9. Know the major types of faults, the sub-categories under each, what  kind of movement occurs at each fault type, and why that particular  type of movement occurs with that fault.  

What are the processes involved in the rock cycle?

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- Dip Slip Faults: angle on which they slip

 * Normal Fault: hanging wall moves down to relative to footwall   due to extension  

 * Reverse and Thrust Fault: hanging wall moves up relative to   footwall due to shortening  

 * Oblique Fault: moves two directions at once (such as up and to   the side) due to either extension or shortening   - Strike-Slip Faults: horizontal motion  

 * Left-Lateral Fault: other plate moves to the left   * Right-Lateral Fault: other plate moves to the right Don't forget about the age old question of Why do people use twitter?

10.Where are you most likely to find each type of fault?  - Normal Fault: divergent boundaries  

 - Reverse and Thrust Faults: convergent boundaries  

 - Strike-Slip Faults: transform boundary  

11.What is elastic rebound theory and what does it explain? It is the theory  that a plate is put under so much pressure that it snaps, like a stick would if  bent too much; it explains why earthquakes might happen


12.What are the kinds of displacement that occur along faults? Fault creep  (continuous release of energy); periodic energy release (medium  earthquakes); store up energy (earth suddenly releases energy and causes  high-energy earthquakes)

13.Be able to explain foreshock, aftershock and earthquake triggering. Foreshock: the fault is starting to move  

 Aftershock: the plate is settling into its new position  

 Earthquake Triggering: an earthquake triggers other earthquakes outside   the aftershock zone

14.What are the types of seismic waves and their characteristics? - Body Waves: Travel through the Earth  

 * P (Primary) Waves: compressional waves; particle motion is   parallel to wave motion  We also discuss several other topics like Is anxiety adaptive?

 * S (Secondary) Waves: shear waves; particle motion is   perpendicular to wave motion  

 - Surface Waves: Travel on Earth’s surface  

 * Rayleigh Waves: counter-clockwise elliptical wave motion   (similar to ocean waves); creates the most damage

 * Love Waves: Moves like a snake (side to side); decreases with   depth

15.How are earthquakes recorded, measured, and located? - Recorded: Seismogram measures the intensity, direction, and duration   of an earthquake; records it on seismograms  

 - Measured: Two different ways  

 1. Magnitude: energy released  

 2. Intensity: damage caused  

 - Located: determine difference of S and P waves (S - P); Distance =   8*(S - P) time

16.Which earthquake magnitude measurement scale is considered the  most accurate? Why? Moment magnitude because it measures several  wave types, rock properties, the area of fault, and amount of slip

17. Where do earthquakes occur, and where will you find shallow or deep  earthquakes?

 - Shallow at divergent plate boundaries, continental rift   zones, continental collision zones, and transform plate boundaries; all   depths at subduction zones If you want to learn more check out What are the general rules for accento?

17.How and why does each earthquake hazard happen and what are the  results?

1. Ground Shaking: different waves cause different kinds of shaking;   damage to buildings  

 2. Ground Displacement: faults cause giant cracks in ground   3. Landslides: shaking causes movement of rocks and sediments   downslope  

 4. Liquefaction: water mixes with soil and creates quicksand that sinks   everything  Don't forget about the age old question of How does an outfielder catch a fly ball?

 5. Fires: caused by gas lines and stoves  

 6. Tsunamis: pressure release undersea creates wide wave that pushes   anything in its path  

 7. Disease: sewage gets into drinking water and transportation is down

18.Can earthquakes be predicted? What can we do to mitigate the  damage? Only the location of earthquakes can be predicted, but not the  time; reinforced buildings help mitigate the damage

19.What are the factors that determine the kind of deformation that will  take place?

 1) Type of rock  

 2) Temperature  

 3) Pressure  

 4) Rate of deformation

20.Which geologic features are caused by deformation? What are their  characteristics?

 1) Faults: Large cracks with opposing movement   2) Jointing: Cracks with no opposing movements   3) Folding: No breaking or cracking

21.What information does a geologist get from strike and dip?  - Which direction the formation is facing and the angle   it deformed

22.What happens at each place where orogenies occur?  - Mountains are built

23.What is isostasy?

 - The lithosphere “floating” on the asthenosphere

24.What is a craton? What are the parts of a craton?

 - A craton is where no deformation has occurred for at   least 1 billion years; parts of a craton are shield   (Precambrian rock is exposed) and platform   (Precambrian rock is covered with sediment)

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