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Geology Lectures 6&7

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Geology Lectures 6&7 Geol101

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Date Created: 02/11/16
Announcements Geology in the News Lecture 6- Metamorphism & Structural Geology Metamorphism • PT 1- Causes of Metamorphism • PT 2- Metamorphic Rocks & Environments Structural Geology • PT 1- Introduction & Tectonic Forces • PT 2- Types of Structures Intro to Metamorphism • Why do we care? • Metamorphic rocks contain many exotic materials/helps to understand the geographic history of an area • Speed – Metamorphism is a very slow process (can occur over millions of years) Temperature • Geothermal gradient: how fast does the temp go up with depth in the earth? – Varies from place to place Temperature • Avg: 30 C/km • Typical range: 20 - 60  C/km Metamorphism via Heat • Contact metamorphism: rock undergoes metamorphism due to direct heart from magma coming towards the surface – Primarily temp driven – Limited in scope/only occurs close to magma Pressure • Pascals and bars – 1 bar = atmospheric press @ surface Pressure • Pressure gradient: ~300 bar / km depth Pressure • Confining pressure: rock is feeling equal pressure from all directions – Ex: swimming underwater See file 6c Pressure • Directed pressure (aka Differential): the majority of the pressure is being applied in a specific direction How Much Pressure is Needed? • Most metamorphic rocks form at 10-30 km depth (mid-lower crust) • Q: how many miles is that? (1 mile = 1.6 km) See file 6b Exposure • How do metamorphic rocks get back to the surface? • Faults  rocks on either side move/broken down through weathering and erosion Metamorphism via Pressure • Regional metamorphism-large scale process/apposite of contact metamorphism Other Types of Metamorphism • Fault Metamorphism: occurs on a small scale right along the fault line/ pressure is still the primary driver Metamorphism via Fluid • Metasomatism- rock comes in contact with very hot ground water/water flushes things out of the rock or deposits ne mienrals that changes the mineralogy • Ores-high concentration of a specific mineral Metamorphism via Fluid • Seafloor metamorphism: almost always forms basalt/specialized in environment where the cold seawater interacts with the rock PT 2- Met- Rks & Environments • Q: What metamorphic rock forms? • A: Parent rock’s composition is key Same T/P increase Metamorphic Change • Metamorphic Grade: measures metamorphic change due to change in temp & pressure – Low, intermediate, high – Don’t tell you anything specific/needs to be better differentiated Metamorphic Change • Index minerals: a mineral cant help identify the correct met. grade – Each index mineral is formed in very specific envi. Metamorphic Change • Metamorphic Facies: group of index minerals that form at the same temp and pressure • Ex- Blueschist facies includes the minerals glaucophane, lawsonite, epidote 7 Major Metamorphic Facies Interpreting Facies • Use facies info 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 Length of Metamorphism • Changes w/in minerals can record Pressure-Temp changes – Un-uniformity allows for tracking – Crystal grows outward w/ rings like a tree trunk younger Types of Metamorphic Rocks • 1- Foliated Metamorphic Rocks – Slate – Schist: hard to identify (samples can vary drastically) – Gneiss (“nice”) * These rocks are formed from different pressures Types of Met Rocks • 2- Non-foliated: large crystals – Hornfels – Quartzite – Marble • High concentration of one specific mineral • Appearance is very similar so you cannot eyeball the identity Review- Things to Know • Temp & press gradients • Types of metamorphism • Grade vs facies • Foliated vs nonfoliated • Hornfels & blueschist facies examples Announcements Geology in the News • “sudden” volcanic eruptions found to trigger from gas bubbles in magma Structural Geology • PT 1- Structural Geology & Tectonic Forces • PT 2- Types of Structures PT 1- Structural Geology • What is structural geology? Rock deformation – Focuses on how rocks get deformed after they’ve already been created Geologic Structures • Topographic (landscape) features vs geologic structures • There’s a diff between the two Tectonic Forces • #1 Tensional-stretching an object – Pulling away from the center in two directions Tectonic Forces • #2 Compressional-the area is getting squeezed or compacted Tectonic Forces • #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 Responses to Stress • Response can vary based on – rock type – Temp/Pressure – speed of deformation: faster the application the more brittle the response PT 2- Types of Structures • Folds: formed with a ductile response to a compression force Time 1 Time 2- apply compressional force Time 3 Classifying Folds • Classified based on 3 things: • 1- Shape (in Road Cut or Cross-Section view) • Antiform: the rainbow shape below Classifying Folds • Synform: the smile shape below Classifying Folds • Overturned: – Overturned antiform (blue) – Overturned (purple: not enough info whether it is anti or syn) Classifying Folds • 2- Age of the layers relative to each other • Anticline: oldest later in the center fold between the limbs Oldest rocks Classifying Folds • Also an anticline! Oldest rocks Classifying Folds • Syncline: the center fold layer is the youngest rocks (opposite of anticline) Oldest rocks Classifying Folds • Also a syncline Oldest rocks Confused? • Sometimes tectonic forces can cause an entire stack of layers to get turned upside down. • This is why you can have an antiformal syncline and an synclinal antiform Classifying Folds • 3- Geometry • Horizontal: squeezed in from two sides and nothing else – Lines on top look horizontal See file 6d Classifying Folds • Plunging: *more common – Squeeze from sides and tipped up or down What kind of folds are these? Youngest layers Ex: • Age or layers = Oldest layers Syncline • Shape = synform • Geometry = not Ex: enough info • Age or layers = Anticline Youngest layers • Geometry= Plunging Oldest layers • Shape = Antiform Types of Structures • Joints: brittle response – Most common type of geologic structure – Tend to occur in sets – Can have more than one joint set w/in rock body Types of Structures • Faults-brittle response of cracking and then move/shift in different directions • Different sizes: couple of inches to 100s of miles • Classified by slip direction – Which direction is it moving 1- Dip-Slip faults • Inclined fault plane, vertical motion, one side up, one side down Hanging Wall – Picture yourself walking down the fault line • The side to your feet would be touching = foot wall Foot Wall Dip-Slip faults • 1a- Normal (dip slip) fault: when hanging wall is lower and the footwall is higher Dip-Slip Faults • 1b- Reverse (dip slip) fault: the foot wall is lower and the hanging wall is higher *Study Hint* • You must ID the hanging wall vs foot wall before determining if it’s a normal or reverse fault • Both these are reverse faults Dip-Slip Faults • 1c- Thrust fault – Occur at subduction zones – Special type of reverse fault • Hanging wall higher than foot wall – Not a sleep incline *purple layer has slid up on top of white layer 2- Strike-Slip Faults • Horizontal movement (parallel to the fault plane) • 2a- Left-lateral – No hanging/foot wall – Each side thinks the other moved to the left Map views rather than cross-sections!!! 2b- Right-lateral (strike-slip) fault: Each sides thinks the other side moved to the right What type of faults are these? (bird’s-eye view) (cross-sectional view) Left lateral strike slip Normal dip slip *Study Hint* • Make sure to get your orientation before trying to identify the fault • Q: is this a road-cut view or an aerial view? Aerial view See file 6e Faults & Forces • Diff fault types form depending on the type of force applied Compressional force: hanging wall slides up wall Tensional force: hanging wall slides down Shearing force: hanging wall moves to side Practice: Use the Force! Identify the tectonic setting, the structure, and the tectonic force applied Review- Things to Know • Types of tectonic forces • Types of geologic structures • Be able to ID structures • Know what force forms each type of structure Announcements 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 Lecture 7- Earthquakes • PT 1- Introduction to Earthquakes • PT 2- Seismic Waves • PT 3- Detection, Measuring, and Responding to Earthquakes PT 1- Introduction to Earthquakes • Why do we care? Prevention, responding, precautions, etc What Causes Earthquakes? • Earthquake: build up of energy along a fault or plate margin • Motion along faults TIME 1: Stress < friction What Causes Earthquakes? • TIME 2: Stress ~ friction – Energy has built up, but still no movement • Elastic deformation: when rocks start to bend What Causes Earthquakes? • TIME 3: Stress > friction – Plates move • Process starts over Stress > friction How Frequent Are Earthquakes? • Small ones are quite common • Ex: aprox 1 million magnitude 2 quakes a yr • Q: how many is that per day? 2,740 *only about 10 mag 7 per yr How Powerful Are Large Earthquakes? • Compared to some other things: The Point of Movement • Focus-underground point where the movement occurs on the fault in the earthquake – The enter fault may not move • Epicenter-geographic point on the surface of the earth directly about the focus Many foci are only 2-20 km deep in continental crust *not usually any deeper b/c of the rock has to be brittle for earthquakes to occur Movements Before & After • Foreshocks-small movement that occur before earthquake to try to relieve some of the built of energy • Aftershocks-small movements that relief the rest of the energy after earthquake PT 2- Seismic Waves • Seismic waves: waves in which the energy moves away from focus • 3 different types produced • 1- P (Primary) waves- push/pull waves, also called compressional waves are the fastest waves (6 km per second, 20x faster than the speed of sound through air), can move thru both solids/liquids – Ex: slinky Seismic Waves • 2- S (secondary, shear) waves: vertical motion, slower (about half speed of p waves), cannot move through liquid Seismic Waves • S wave shadow zone: area where s waves can’t get to See file 8b Seismic Waves • 3 - L (long, surface) waves: vertical & lateral motion, restricted to the surface of the earth PT 3- Measurement & Detection • Seismometer (aka Seismograph, outdated): tool to detect earthquakes • 3 Myths to debunk: • 1- solo machines: – Need 3 sesmometers at Minimum, one calibrate for east west, one calibrated for north south, one for up/down (z axis) PT 3- Measurement & Detection • 2- old-fashioned machines: everything is done digitally See file 7c PT 3- Measurement & Detection • 3 swinging needles: the pendulum does not move, but the machine itself does **completely digitally now Seismometer Data **L wave slowest,the so it will arrive last Where Did It Happen? • Key to finding the focus is that the different waves travel at different speeds -p waves arrive first -s waves arrive last = focus point Station P arrival SArrival Dist Cola 1:02:11 1:02:13 40 mi Flor 1:02:12 1:02:15 50 mi Char 1:02:13 1:02:17 68 mi How Big Was It? • 1- Mercalli Index: scale that measures how much damage/destruction the earthquake caused (uses roman numerals  low roman numeral=little damage, high roman numeral=lots of damage) * Used by insurance companies to get more for damage *not typically used by scientists – damage will be in the city than in the desertd hits desert  more Magnitude continued • 2- Richter Scale: measures the amount of shaking (Charles Richter 1935), logarithmic scale * Not typically used my scientist Magnitude con’t • 3- Moment magnitude: the amount of slip that occurs on the fault – Easier to calculate – Can be measured based on field data – Best for scientific use Quakes & Plates • Fault occur in sets – Earthquakes occur near plate boundaries – Deep earthquakes occur along subduction zones Risk Assessment b/c the trends we found in slide before, we can make risk assessment maps *Note- some quakes occur far from plate margins Predicting Earthquakes • Difficult because every fault is different – Diff rocks/plate motion/forces – No magic formula Damage Control • Land Use Policies – ex: 1972 California Law • made it illegal to build on the fault • Building codes – make more stable so there is less damage • Ex: Don’t allow tall buildings on fault line Damage Control • Myth- Rocks will crack open and swallow your entire house Damage Control • Site Selection: solid rock best to build on b/c of stability Damage Control continued • Liquefaction: loose sediment contains a lot of water – Waves go through it and create mud Review- Things to Know • Types of seismic waves • Seismometers • Scales used to measure quakes • Hazards and how to minimize them


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