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Weathering and Sedimentary Rocks Lecture

by: Frances Cooke

Weathering and Sedimentary Rocks Lecture GEOL 1005

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Frances Cooke
Environmental Geology
Glenn Havelock

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These notes cover the lecture on weathering and sedimentary rocks. Overview: Types of weathering Classifying sedimentary rocks
Environmental Geology
Glenn Havelock
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Date Created: 11/15/15
Weathering and Sedimentary Rocks Weathering gradual destruction of rock under surface conditions 0 natural response of Earth to new environments 0 Physical processes mechanical weathering like a river 0 Actual components stay the same 0 Breaking rocks into smaller pieces 0 Frost wedging splitting of rocks due to rain getting into cracks alternate between freezing and melting I Liquid water expands about 9 when freezing I Enlarges openings I Mountain areas of midlatitude where freezethaw cycle exists 0 Talus scree slope slope of loose material disintegrated rocks I Don t slide down these even though it s fun 0 Sheeting entire slabs of intrusive igneous rocks break loose I Topsoil erodes gt mass of rock expands and sheets off I Exfoliation dome I Granite especially 0 Biological activity I Plant roots wedge rocks apart I Burrowing animals move fresh material to surface gt subject to new physical environment o Chemical weathering 0 Water the main agent in chemical weathering carbonic acid I Rain groundwater bodies of water I Dissolves limestone feldspar into clay o Limestone subject to weathering I Rare formations of limestone pavement o Alters internal structures of minerals I Elements removed or added I Original rock altered into new stable material 0 Products of chemical weathering I Clay minerals I Limestone dissolves into calcium and bicarbonate ions gt taken away by groundwater I Silica dissolved from some minerals o Quartz resistant to chemical weathering Sedimentary rocks 0 Form from sediment o Weathering breaks down rocks 0 Erosional agents river wind gravity glaciers transport and deposit sediment 0 Loose sediment transformed into solid rock by lithification o Compaction and cementation silica calcite o 75 of continental rocks are sedimentary 0 Important Geologists use them to reconstruct Earth s history 0 Clues to past environments lake river delta marine area 0 Info about sediment transport stream velocity 0 Rocks often contain fossils 0 Economic importance 0 Coal sedimentary rock burned in power stations to create electrical energy 0 Sandstoneothers contains petroleum and natural gas in voids eg sandstone 0 Sources of iron and aluminium 0 Construction esp limestone to concrete and cement o Classifying sedimentary rocks 0 Two groups based in source of material I Detrital clastic Material is solid particles derived from weathering erosion Classified by particlegrain size 0 Four size categories Shale very fine grained 0 Most abundant fossils bc formed from clay things don t move around much preserves the fossils o Siltstone fine grained o Sandstone 0 Very fine gt coarse gravel o Conglomerate breccia sharp edges or rounded edges 0 Sediment transport rounding o Sorting size distributionvariation of particles I Chemical 0 Derived from material that was once in solution in water 0 Precipitated to form sediment o Directly precipitated eg rock salt left after saltwater evaporates 0 Biochemical origin gt coral and shellfish precipitate calcite to produce their shells and skeletons Limestone most abundant chemical rock 0 90 is biogenic calcite o Fossiliferous made from whole fossils o Crystalline chemical evaporated Chalk made up entirely of hard parts of microscopic organisms biochemical 0 England chalk cliffs o Formed mainly during Cretaceous period Chert precipitated quartz flintagate o Microcrystalline quartz dense hard rocks Evaporites rock salt gypsum precipitated Coal 0 Formation burial gt peat partially altered plant material not oxidized because not exposed to decayair o Compaction forms lignite soft brown coal gt bituminous coal soft black coal which is used to open fire place 0 Metamorphism due to more compaction and stress gt anthracite hard black coal used in power plants 0 Ideal condition swamp stagnant water or oxygendeficient area 0 Salt gt salt flats o Sedimentary structures in sedimentary rocks 0 O 0 Shows processes over periods of time Features that form while sediment is being transporteddeposited Bedding lamination I Strata represents discrete increments of time I Low level events where no deposition occurs isn t preserved I High level events mudslides floods Crossbedding internal structure showing movement flowing current moving air I Unidirectional river current 0 Grains build up on top of ridge fall down slope and form another layer indicative line I Sand dunes river bed Ripple marks indications of ripple movement build up crossbedding I Symmetrical equal slopes from waves oscillating like in ocean I Asymmetrical ripples dunes or river beds from unidirectional movement Mud cracks shrinkage cracks from wet then dry Groove marks from saltmarsh plants preserved in change in water level


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