01_f416M-intro_handout - Sedimentary Rocks 1. 2....

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1 Sedimentology = scientific study of sediments and sedimentary rocks. Includes production of sediment, transport, deposition, & lithification (i.e., loose sediment → rock). Classification, origin, and interpretation of sediments and sedimentary rocks Provides: Stratigraphy = scientific study of sedimentary strata (i.e., layered rock) age relationships of strata, chronological arrangement of beds Unraveling: Sedimentary Rocks 1. 2.
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Courtesy Prof. Christopher G. St. C. Kendall Stratigraphy
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3 In the class… We are going to learn how to ‘read’ sedimentary rocks to aid reconstruction of earth history . We are going to learn what controls distribution of rock properties, strength, porosity, permeability, etc., in order to predict character of subsurface deposits . Reasons to be interested in sedimentary deposits and rocks : 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
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4 Sedimentary rocks only make up ___ of the Earth's crust, but cover about ___ of the surface of the earth. Sedimentary rocks have an average thickness of about 1.8 km on the continents. Thickness is quite variable. Older sedimentary rocks show less
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