TOPIC 4 - TOPIC 4 All Rocks Are Not Created Equal...

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TOPIC 4 – All Rocks Are Not Created Equal Introduction Sediment facies – the distribution of different lithologies of sediments The environments in which dinosaurs lived can be interpreted by examining: the types of sedimentary rock, sedimentary structures, regional changes in the characteristics and distribution of sedimentary rocks, and other fossils contained within the host rock. CLUES TO THE PAST – Types of Sedimentary Environments The environments in which sediments are deposited are continental, transitional, or marine. Sedimentary Environments Most Favoring Dinosaur Skeleton Preservation Fluvial Environment o Sedimentary rocks formed in fluvial (ex: river) environments have produced the greatest number of dinosaur remains. o Fluvial systems rapidly buried and preserved dinosaurs caught and killed by flooding waters. Lacustrine Environments o Lacustrine (ex: lake) environments include sedimentary rocks formed in lakes or around their margins. o
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This note was uploaded on 07/16/2008 for the course GLY 1102 taught by Professor Ciesielski during the Summer '08 term at University of Florida.

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TOPIC 4 - TOPIC 4 All Rocks Are Not Created Equal...

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