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W ednesday, May 11, 2011
11:52 AM GE0L 101 – Summer Session I 2011
Introductory Geology Lecture
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM M-F 05 Mitchell Hall
Friday. CS Bartek (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A fter class or by appointment. Emails returned within 24 hours Monday through 1:30 PM Course Objectives
When you have completed this course, you should be able to
1. Differentiate the internal structure and composition of the Earth.
2. Differentiate between the three types of plate boundaries. Relate tectonic features to the
plate boundaries and processes that formed them.
3. Explain how minerals form and grow from atoms.
4. Explain how igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks form.
5. Compare how different types of magma form and predict the type of magma and volcanoes
that form in different tectonic settings.
6. Explain how rocks weather and compare weathering among different rock types and
7. Identify strata, faults, and folds in geologic sections and summarize the forces and tectonic
settings that lead to their formation.
8. Analyze the geologic history of a cross- section using relative dating principles. Calculate
the isotopic age of a rock.
9. Explain what causes earthquakes and earthquake destruction, and apply the correct
procedures to locate the source and calculate the magnitude of an earthquake.
10. Compare depositional and erosional environments, features, and processes associated with
streams and shorelines.
11. Identify the various parts of the hydrologic cycle. Explain groundwater processes.
12. Evaluate the risks associated with earthquake, volcano, landslide, and coastal hazards. Texts and Other Resources
There is one text for this course:
Exploring Geology, 2nd edition (2010), by Reynolds, Johnson, Kelly, Morin, and Carter.
McGraw Hill Publishers (ISBN -13: 978-007-727040-7)
Please buy the textbook the first day of class. You will need it for homework, quizzes and lecture
In addition to the textbook, helpful tutorials, animations and Power Points have been posted on
the Blackboard site (https://blackboard.unc.edu ) for this course to help you learn the material. Blackboard Lesson Folders
Course materials will be posted in a lesson folder in ―Assignments‖ on the Blackboard website
for this course. Each lesson folder contains study guides, helpful websites, quizzes and other
assignments. The study guides consist of worksheets with questions for you to answer and
problems to solve as you read the textbook and learn in lecture. The questions on the Study
Guides will guide you through your reading and will be the basis for the lectures, homework and
quizzes and will help you prepare for exams. Course Structure and Requirements
Grades: Grades will be awarded on a 1000- point scale. A final accumulation of 750 points = C;
850 points = B; 900 points = A. Geol 101 Page 1 Points
One midterm and one final, worth 250 points each 500 (50%)
Quizzes and exercises 500 (50%) Total Points
You can check your grades in the Gradebook at the Blackboard site. To do this, go to ―Tools‖
and ―My Grades‖. You will see your total score in terms of percentage. Note that this is a
running total. Your grades for quizzes and other exercises will be posted in terms of points,
which will be out of 1000.
What to do first: Most people find that the most challenging part of summer classes is finding
the time to devote to them. So, I suggest that you obtain a planner or calendar and plan a regular
time every day that you will devote to your course work. A general guideline of the time required
for classroom courses is to spend two hours of study time for every one hour of lecture. Since we
are meeting 7.5 hours in this class each week, I estimate that you will need about 15 hours
outside of class each week to complete your work. Some students will require less time to learn
the material and some will require more.
Communication: You can meet with me after class, you can make an appointment to see me
before class, and you can email me with questions. All sincere questions are welcome.
Communicate with me regularly, including comments, questions and concerns.
Please note that course email will go to your UNC Onyen e- mail address. Off- campus users can
access their UNC mail using Webmail. You can have your Onyen e- mail forwarded to a different
e- mail address by clicking ―Forward email‖ at the Onyen Web site. I s trongly recommend that
you use your UNC e -mail account for all e -mails regarding this course.
Make sure you regularly check your UNC email and the Blackboard site Monday through Friday
for important updates.
These are the best ways to contact me:
o In person, after class.
o E- mail: email@example.com
I answer e- mails between the hours of 9 and 5 Mondays through Thursdays, and between 9 and 1
on Fridays. You can expect an answer back from me within 24 hours from 9 am on Mondays
through 1 pm on Fridays . I do not answer email on weekends.
E-mail requirements: All e- mail correspondence should contain your full name and ―GEOL
101 Section 001‖ in the subject line. If the e- mail does not contain your full name and ―GEOL
101 Section 001‖ in the subject line, I may mistake your e- mail for spam or for another student
and you will not receive a response. Please be professional in your e- mail
communications. Professional email includes greetings such as ―Hello, Ms. Bartek‖ and a
message written in proper English that clearly states what you want. I really do want to help you,
but I reserve the right to delete email that does not adhere to these criteria.
Attendance Requirements: Because your attendance in class impacts your learning in this fastpaced course, and the summer school expects me to check attendance daily, the following
attendance policy will apply (from the Undergraduate Bulletin): ―Regular class attendance is a
student obligation, and a student is responsible for all the work, including tests and written work,
of all class meetings. No right or privilege exists that permits a student to be absent from any
given number of class meetings.‖
If you are absent when I check attendance, you will be marked absent. Since there are only 25
days in Summer Session I, you are missing 4% of the class for each day you are absent.
Therefore, when you have missed 3 classes, the Dean will be notified regarding your absences.
Please speak to me about circumstances beyond your control that prevent you from being in
Late Arrivals : Arriving late to class is a disruption, so please be on time. If you arrive after I
have recorded attendance, you will be marked absent. If you would like to be marked present, it
is your responsibility to communicate with me in person immediately at the conclusion of the
same class and I will replace the absence with a tardy. Two tardies = one absence. Please do not
ask me to try to remember your attendance in class a day or two later – I may or may not be able
to do so. Please speak to me about circumstances beyond your control that prevent you from
being on time to class.
Early Departures : Leaving early from class is a disruption, so please remain in class until its
conclusion. If you leave before the conclusion of class and have not communicated to me a
circumstance beyond your control that prevents you from staying the whole time, you will be
marked as having an early departure. Two early departures = one absence.
Course Materials: Materials for this course are located on the Blackboard website for the
Geol 101 Page 2 Course Materials: Materials for this course are located on the Blackboard website for the
course. You will need to log in to Blackboard using your UNC Onyen and Onyen password to
access the website. Each lesson (see ―Lesson Schedule‖ below) has a folder in Blackboard with
course material appropriate to each lesson, including study guides and useful tutorials and
websites. Some lessons will have exercises or a quiz. To access the materials, click on the
―Assignments‖ tab in Blackboard, and scroll down until you find the appropriate lesson folder.
Homework Assignments: There are three types of homework assignments in this class: 1)
Reading the textbook and taking notes; 2) completing questions I assigned from the study guides;
and 3) completing online Blackboard quizzes and exercises (discussed below). Reading the
textbook and completing study guide questions are not assignments that have to be turned in but
they are essential for your success in the class. When conducting lecture, I will assume that you
are reading your textbook and have reviewed the subject chapter before you come to class
(Lesson Schedule below). I also expect you to use the textbook to gain a more thorough
understanding of the material after we have covered it.
I often assign questions from the study guide as homework, due the next lecture period. I do not
collect these questions, but I will assume you have completed them. You have the opportunity to
ask me about these questions at the beginning of the next lecture, but I will not lecture on
material I assigned as homework. If there are no questions about the assigned material, I will
assume that you completed the material successfully and that we can move on with new material.
Online Quizzes and Exercises: The quizzes and exercises are located in the Blackboard lesson
folders. The quizzes were designed as formative learning tools to check your understanding of
the topics addressed in the lessons. You can use your notes but you cannot collaborate with
others on the quizzes. The questions will be multiple choice and are randomly generated from a
question pool. You will have the option of taking these quizzes as many times as you would like,
but the questions will be different each time a quiz is taken. You will be able to see the questions
you answered incorrectly, but will not be given the answers until the quiz deadline has passed.
Because the quizzes are timed and generated from the question pool, it is in your best interest to
complete the Study Guide questions before you take the quizzes— you will receive a higher score
and will need fewer attempts to be successful by completing these questions first. I will set- up
the quizzes to record your highest grade. If you exceed the time limit or do not submit a quiz
once you open it, you will see a ―!‖ or a symbol showing a pencil and paper in your grade book
until I remove that attempt. I will remove all attempts that exceed the time limit. Note that you
can always go back and look at your quiz answers by going to ―Tools‖ and ―My Grades‖ and
clicking on the grade for the quiz – it will show you all of your attempts and the grades
associated with these attempts.
Exercises and investigations are also located in the Blackboard folders. You have unlimited time
and can take attempt them as many times as you would like, as long as you complete them before
Due dates: All online assignments (including quizzes) will be due at 11:50 pm on Thursdays.
You may submit assignments early, but if you miss a quiz it will disappear from your
Blackboard lesson folder and you will receive a zero. Assignments in this course cannot be
made up, nor can they be extended. If you do not submit an assignment when it is due, you
will receive a zero for that assignment.
Start your work early. I am available to answer your questions in class, after class or by
appointment and will check my e- mail daily Monday through Friday. If you wait until the last
minute and encounter a problem, you may not be able to complete assignments before they are
Grace period: Because students occasionally have a problem submitting online work on time
due to sickness, work, or a computer glitch, an automatic 24- hour grace period for assignments,
including quizzes, is provided to all students. Please note that if you have a problem after 1
pm on Fridays, I will likely not be able to answer your questions or help you with a
computer glitch. If you wait until the last minute and have a problem with a quiz or assignment,
you will receive a zero.
Exams: The mid- term and final exams are in- class exams and are closed book and closed notes.
The mid- term and final will both be 90 minutes long and will consist of 75 multiple- choice
questions. If you miss an exam, you will receive a zero for that exam.
A great way to prepare for your exams is to print a clean copy of the Study Guide for each lesson
the exam will cover and try to answer the Study Guide questions without referring to your notes.
This is an excellent way to see what you know and what you do not know. Then, focus on
studying the material you cannot readily answer on your own.
Make -up exams: Exams cannot be made up except for extraordinary circumstances such as
military duty, university business, hospitalization, or death in the immediate family (spouse,
child, parent, primary caregiver, siblings). Prior or immediate notification of the absence is
Geol 101 Page 3 child, parent, primary caregiver, siblings). Prior or immediate notification of the absence is
required, as is documentation of the reason. If a make- up exam is approved, the make- up exam
date must be taken within one week of the original exam date. The make- up exam will consist of
essay questions, and you will need to make special arrangements with me to take the exam. Course Mechanics
I will teach the lecture using inquiry- based learning methods, where we will be answering
questions from the study guides during class. Typically I will give you an introduction to a topic,
then we will proceed to answer the questions together through Power Point, animations and
videos. You will also break into groups were you will answer the questions on your own. Some
questions are simple definitions, so I will ask you to do these for homework. Sometimes we
don’t get through all of the material in lecture, and I will ask you to finish up this material at
home. It is important to print-out the appropriate study guides and investigations prior to
coming to class so that you can work on activities together in a group and can answer the
questions in class. The more work you do in class, the less work you will have to do on your
own outside of class.
Sample Homework Schedule: Here is some advice about how to best use your out- of- class
study time. Read and take notes on assigned chapter pages in textbook. Try to answer the study guide questions as you
g o. Review answers to study guide questions discussed in class. All study guide questions are posted in
“Assignments” on Blackboard.
Check “Assignments” on Blackboard for homework updates and view helpful animations and websites. Complete any study guide questions assigned in class as homework. Review your notes, study guides and quizzes in preparation for tests. Tests will be based on
the material included in the study guides.
Classroom Expectations : Respect and be kind by remaining silent and listening when someone
else is speaking, staying alert, engaging in classroom activities, putting away all newspapers and
other unrelated papers and work while class is in progress, putting away all food, shutting off cell
phones and other electronic devices, arriving on time and staying in class until you are
dismissed. All of these behaviors minimize distractions and enhance the learning environment.
Breaks: When students leave the classroom to use the restroom, buy a coke, etc. and then return
to class, it disrupts instruction - twice. Please be kind and take care of your needs before you
come to class. There will usually be a time mid- class when students are completing an in- class
assignment when you can to go to the bathroom if necessary.
Laptops: Laptops used to work on the material being discussed in lecture are welcome in this
class – if I were taking this class I would bring one myself. However, you may not use your
laptop to check your email, browse the internet, check your grade, do work in another class, take
an online quiz, or do class work other than what is being discussed in lecture because these
activities cause distractions. You will be asked to put away your laptop if you engage in these
prohibited laptop activities, and will be prohibited from using your laptop in class if I have
to ask you more than once to put it away.
Other Electronic Devices: These are not welcome in class. All cell phones, media players, etc.
must be turned off and put away when entering lecture. Lesson Schedule
*This schedule is tentative and the instructor reserves the right to amend it at any time. If there
are updates, they will be posted under ―Course Schedule‖ on Blackboard.
Dates Lesson May 10 Introduction May 11 Topics and Required
Reading Lesson 1 Read the
syllabus. Review the
site. Obtain and
Introduction to Geol 101 Page 4 Geology and
Formation of Earth
Chapters 1 and 2;
Chapter Sections 5.4, 9.9
May 12 and Lesson 2
13 Plate Tectonics
Chapter 3; Chapter
Sections 10.2 – 10.6;
Section 10.10; Section
11.7 May 16 Lesson 3 Minerals and Rocks
Chapter 4; Chapter
Sections 1.5-1.6 May 17 and Lesson 4
18 Igneous Rocks and
Chapter 5 May 19 and Lesson 5
Chapter 6 May 19
11:50 PM Blackboard Quizzes: Lessons 1 and 2 (50 points – Lesson 2 folder) Investigation 3 (20 Points – Lesson 2 folder) Lessons 3 and 4 (60 Points – Lesson 4 folder) Investigation 5 (20 Points – Lesson 4 folder) May 23 and Lesson 6
24 Weathering, Soil, and
Chapter 15 May 25 and Lesson 7
26 Sedimentary Rocks
Chapter 7 May 26
11:50 PM Blackboard Quizzes: Lesson 5 (30 Points – Lesson 5 folder) Lesson 6 Including Investigation 15 (40 Points - Lesson
6 folder) Lesson 7 Including Investigation 7 (40 Points – Lesson
May 27 Mid-Term Exam (250 Points)
75 multiple choice questions covering Lessons 1-7.
Please bring a Scantron sheet, sharpened #2 pencils and erasers
and a calculator that is not a cell phone to the exam. May 30 Memorial Day Holiday May 31 and Lesson 8
June 1 Deformation and
Chapter Section 11.2;
Chapter 8 June 2 Lesson 9 Geologic Time
Chapter 9 June 2
11:50 PM Blackboard Quizzes Due: Lessons 8 (40 Points – Lesson 8 folder) Lesson 9, Including Investigation 9 (40 Points – Lesson 9
June 3 and
6 Lesson 10 Earthquakes and
Chapter 12 June 7 Lesson 11 Rivers and Flooding
Chapter 16 June 8 and
9 Lesson 12 Ground Water
Chapter 17 June 9
11:50 PM Blackboard Quizzes Due: Virtual Earthquake Exercise (40 Points – Lesson 10 folder) Quiz on Lesson 10, including Investigation 12 (40 Points –
Lesson 10 folder) Quiz on Lesson 11, including Investigation 16 (40 Points –
Lesson 11 folder) Geol 101 Page 5 Lesson 11 folder) Quiz on Lesson 12, including Investigation 17 (40 Points Lesson 12 folder)
June 10 Lesson 13 Shorelines, Glaciers,
a nd Sea -Level
Chapter 14 June 13
Final Exam (250 points)
11:30 AM –
75 multiple-choice questions covering Lessons 8 through 13.
05 Mitchell Please bring a Scantron sheet, sharpened #2 pencils and erasers
and a calculator that is not a cell phone to the exam.
Optional Cumulative Final
If you would like to improve your Mid-Term Exam score, you may
take an optional final that will include 50 questions. At least half of
the questions will be similar to the questions on the Mid-Term. If
y our score on the Optional Final is better than your Mid-Term
exam score, I will replace your Mid-Term exam score with the
s core for your Optional Final.
If you plan to take the Optional Final, please bring an additional
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
11:46 AM Geol 101 Page 7 Geol 101 Page 8 Geol 101 Page 9 Geol 101 Page 10 Geol 101 Page 11 L1- Introduction
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
11:51 AM Geol 101 Page 12 the material that formed the solar system is Nebula
• a region or cloud of interstellar dust and gas appearing
variously as a hazy bright or dark patch Proto Sun- is the sun before the sun
what happened was nuclear fusion that caused the sun to become what it is today .
Fission- splitting atoms apart
Fusion- where two atoms fuse together and that’s how we get the
heavier elements on earth
Fusion >Fission Geol 101 Page 13 How did the planets form Space trash began to clump together through accretion
Accretion- when particles come together The big whack theory things from the mantle of the earth merged together to
create the moon
Bolide=impacter (hit the earth) Moon has the same chemistry as the earths mantle the reason the core is made of iron is because
a stony iron meteorite hit the earth and part of it was
deflected off to become the moon. Geol 101 Page 14 the outer core is liquid and the inner core is solid
rock of iron magma is liquid rock from the mantle the earth was first homogonous Geol 101 Page 15 Geol 101 Page 16 Geol 101 Page 17 Geol 101 Page 18 Guide
W ednesday, May 11, 2011
12:19 PM GE0L 101
Lesson 1 Study Guide
Chapters 1, 2 and 19 —Introduction and Formation of Earth The Nature of Geology
1. The book talks about how geology can help us find copper and iron. Using the logic used in your book, how do
you think geologists go about finding oil? 2. Scientific Method
a. Be able to summarize the steps involved in the scientific method.
b. Describe how data differs from interpretations and give one example.
c. What is a hypothesis?
d. How does a hypothesis become an established theory?
e. Why are scientific explanations never proven to be true?
a. Calculate the following. Use the correct units: The number of miles that are in 2,900 KM.
2900/1.6=1812.5 The area of a football field 100 yards long and 53 yards wide.
100*53=5,300 The volume of water in a pool that is 25 yards long, 50 yards wide and 5 feet deep.
b. What is the difference between the following? Elevation: Relief: Depth:
c. What is the difference between weight and density?
d. How do you calculate density?
e. Distance = Velocity x Time. So, how far can you travel in one hour if you go 60 miles per hour?
f. Solve this problem:
The earth’s interior is composed of three main concentric zones (or four if you separate the inner and outer core): Crust: about 40 KM thick Mantle: 2900 KM thick Core (outer and inner): 3470 KM thick
A) Assuming you can walk 10 miles a day, how many days
would it take you to walk to the crust- mantle boundary
if you started at the surface?
(Hint: 1 mile = 1.6 KM)
B) How many more days would it take to get to the center
of the earth? Geol 101 Page 19 C) How many months would the whole trek take? Origin of the Solar System, Planets and Moon – 19.1
1. Go to the Lesson 1 ―Suggested Websites‖ in Blackboard to view a small tutorial on the birth of the universe,
galaxies, our solar system, and predictions about the future of the universe.
2. Formation of Solar System: Go to the ―Formation of the Solar System‖ animation in the ―Suggested Websites‖
in your Lesson 1 folder to view an Exploring Earth website entitled ―Observe an animation showing the origin of
the solar system‖. Then answer the following questions:
a. What material formed earth’s solar system? What do we call this material?
the sun and planets condensed from a nebula, a shapeless cloud of gas and dust
b. How did the sun form?
The remnants of previous stars and cosmic dust all of which had a beginning in what is called the big
bang. the sun continued to attract more material and became massive enough to begin atomic fusion
and to emit protons and electrons in a solar wind. the wind reached the inner planets blowing away
hydrogen helium and other light elements leaving only heavy materials
c. How did the planets form?
particles of dust clung together to form small chunks and then larger and larger pieces eventually ending up as
3. Formation of Moon: Go to ―The Big Wack‖ website in the Lesson 1 ―Suggested Websites‖ folder in
Blackboard to understand how the moon formed. Then answer the following questions: Summarize the impact theory (―Big Whack‖ theory) of the moon’s formation.
during the early stages of formation the earth is thought to have collided with another large object that was
not quite a planet ripping away part of the earth forming our Moon According to the theory, how did earth’s iron core form? According to the theory, what is the moon made of? Age (Ch.9.9), and Composition of Earth – Ch.1.3
1. What is the age of the earth, and what evidence supports this age? (Ch.9.9)
(Hint: There are 3 lines of evidence)
Earth: 4.55 Billion years old
• Moon rocks= 4.5 Billion
• Meteorites = 4.53 leftovers of the formation of the solar system
• Dated minerals= in rocks from Australia and Canada oldest mineral is 4.4 billion years old the mineral
that came was from crystallization.
2. Earth became differentiated after it formed. View the figure below and answer the following questions: http://www.astro.washington.edu/users/larson/Astro150b/Lectures/Earth/earth.html Which of the four ―worlds‖ above are most differentiated and which are least differentiated? Earth is differentiated like the world in ―A‖. In general, how does the density of the earth change with depth from Geol 101 Page 20 Earth is differentiated like the world in ―A‖. In general, how does the density of the earth change with depth from
the surface to the core? Explain how earth became differentiated (Hint: See differentiation animation at the following website:
3. Draw the 4 layers of the earth (crust, mantle, outer core and inner core) and then compare the layers in the table below:
Layer Phase (ie -solid,molten) Description (composition, thickness) Crust Solid Granite(composition) M antle Solid Basalt, (Mineral Olivine) Outer Core Liquid Iron Inner Core Solid Iron and Nickel 4. The diagram below shows the more detailed layers of the earth. Study the diagram and answer the questions below http://dl.coastline.edu/classes/telecourses/geology100/IntroLecture_files/image032.jpg Summarize the differences in density and thickness between continental crust and oceanic crust.
• thickness is higher inland an in the ocean on average between 30KM - 50KM(Continental) and the ocean
• Continental crust is Granite and Oceanic is Basalt
• Basalt is more dense than Granite What two earth layers combine to form the lithosphere ?
Crust and the top of the Mantle is 100KM into the Earth What is the difference between the lithosphere and asthenosphere .
Asthenosphere is below the lithosphere and is not totally solid, consists of parts of molten rock and is made of a
silly putty like material. Asthenosphere is fairly weak and acts like a plastic. extends about 660 km located into
the upper mantle. Compare the asthenosphere to the mantle
Mantle is thicker,
5. Explain why continental crust has higher elevations than oceanic crust using the principle of isostacy. The following
tutorial may help you:
Isostacy- buoyancy differences in thickness related to age and differences in density Ocean crust sinks into mantle because it is more dense Isostactic Equilibrium
• when there is no sinking or rising. How do Temperature and Pressure Vary Inside Earth? – Ch.5.4
6. Describe the events that made the early Earth hot. Because of radioactive decay at the core
• i.e. Uranium
□ reasons why the earth continues to be hot.
7. What causes earth’s internal heat source?
radioactive decay at the center of the earth Geol 101 Page 21 radioactive decay at the center of the earth
8. How do earth’s pressures and temperatures change with depth?
9. Describe the geothermal gradient, and give the range of geothermal gradients that exist in the crust.
as you go deeper the temperature increases generally
10. Compare the average temperature of the surface of the earth to the estimated temperature of the core.
30c/km on average in crust and center is 5000c/km
11. Summarize three ways the heat is transferred from a warmer mass to a cooler one.
Give one example of how heat transfer (conduction, convection or radiant) occurs in earth.
• Conduction- when magma comes in contact with rock heating it
• Convection- Transfer of heat by movement, when particles heat up move and rise then cool off and become more
dense then sink like a pot of boiling water. this generally occurs in the mantle
• Radiant- Sun sends radiation (UV) (inferred) by in direct means
***COLD THINGS ARE MORED DENSE THAN HOT THINGS!!***
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Thursday, May 12, 2011
11:28 AM Theory-is a assumption based on evidence has been proven true through many test Plate Tectonic is how we connect the geographic world brought about in the 1960s Geol 101 Page 23 Geol 101 Page 24 Magnetometers
Bathymetry - is the depth of the ocean floor better picture after WWII Geol 101 Page 25 The tectonic plates don’t only include continents but
they also include ocean plates. They each move as one Geol 101 Page 26 Geol 101 Page 27 Geol 101 Page 28 Geol 101 Page 29 Geol 101 Page 30 Geol 101 Page 31 Geol 101 Page 32 Geol 101 Page 33 Geol 101 Page 34 Geol 101 Page 35 Geol 101 Page 36 Geol 101 Page 37 Geol 101 Page 38 Geol 101 Page 39 Geol 101 Page 40 Guide
Thursday, May 12, 2011
11:25 AM GEOL 101
Lesson 2 Study Guide
Chapter 3—Plate Tectonics The following link has an excellent tutorial on plate tectonics and shows animations:
You can answer the questions below using this tutorial and/or the textbook. Continental Drift Theory (Section 2.5)
1. Describe three lines of evidence that supported Alfred Wegener’s ideas that the continents drifted apart.
Evidence Description Geography the continents were shaped in a way in which they looked like they could be placed together
believed that their was a continent that was once together and it was called Pangaea Fossils identical fossils for the identical time period on different continents.
• Mesosaurus Climate Paleoclimate, and deposits of glacial deposits were left near Africa. There is coal in Antarctica Rock Matching rocks and mountain belts across the Atlantic 1. Why was Wegener’s hypothesis not accepted at first?
Alfred Wegener said the way the continents moved was that they plowed through the ocean crust.
• was not a way that they moved = Hypothesis was thrown out Evidence for Plate Tectonics (Sections 3.2 – 3.3, Section 10.4)
3. On a relief map of the world, be able to identify the following topographic and bathymetric features:
a. mountainous and flat areas on land
1) Mountains are brown and white on land
a) have a pattern that in which they are distributed
i) linear or arched shaped
b. mid- ocean ridges in the ocean
1) Places in the ocean that are high
a) separated by fracture zones
c. fracture zones, sea mounts and island chains in the ocean
1) Sea mounts- Underwater Volcanoes ( look in the pacific ocean)
a) you get a line of mountains around Hawaii
2) Island Chains
a) Lucian islands
d. trenches in the ocean
1) Deepest places in the oceans
a) deepest places on earth can go 7km deep
4. Describe how the distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes relates to Earth’s topographic and bathymetric features.
a. Volcanoes and Earthquakes are usually located along the mid ocean ridge
b. Anywhere you have mountains you have earthquakes
1) next to plate boundaries
5. How do plate boundaries relate to the features noted above?
a. physiographic things on earth are clues to where plate boundaries are located
1) Trenches, Mountains, Island chains, topography, Bathymetry Seafloor Spreading and Magnetic Anomalies (Sections 10.4, 10.2)
6. How does ocean crust change with increasing distance from a mid- ocean ridge?
a. as the crust moves away from the ridge the deeper the ocean crust is.
Plates Ridge Ocean Crust/lithosphere gets deep with distance from ridge .
Deepest parts are away from the ridges and near trenches
Density of ocean lithosphere increases with distance from ridge Geol 101 Page 41 Lithospheric
Plates Ridge Deepest parts are away from the ridges and near trenches
Density of ocean lithosphere increases with distance from ridge 7. How does the theory of seafloor spreading explain this change?
a. is when new seafloor or ocean crust is being made at the ridges by new magma coming up to the earth
b. becomes more dense because it cools and sinks making it deeper.
8. Be able to predict the relative ages (older, younger) of the oceanic crust on a map of an ocean showing an ocean ridge.
a. Oldest is 180 Billion years old and they get older as you move from red to blue and as you move away from the ridges
of the ocean
9. Explain how Earth’s magnetic field is generated.
Created by the earths iron magnetic core which is caused when the free electrons move that creates a electrical field
10. What is a magnetic anomaly (magnetic reversal)?
Patterns that magnetometers picked up while looking for iron submarines.
Magnetic Anomaly is
Expected 0 + Anomaly
Sea Level White is positive an d red is negative. Ridge 11. Explain how magnetic anomalies support the theory of seafloor spreading.
as new magma comes up from the earth the new rock will take on the magnetic pull of the earth
Normal Polarity = Magnetic field today
Reversed Polarity = Reversed from today
alignment of magma that comes up along the ridges and erupts at the same time and moves away
12. Describe ―plates‖— what are they, and what part of Earth makes up the plates? Plate Boundaries (Sections 3.3 – 3.5)
Sketch and e xplain how the following tectonic boundaries form, and give examples of each:
13. Divergent Boundaries
a. Spreading Centers (Mid- ocean ridges) b. Continental Rift Zones 14. Convergent Boundaries
a. Ocean- Ocean Subduction b. Ocean- Continent Subduction c. Continental Collision 15. Transform Boundaries
a. Transform boundary at a spreading center Geol 101 Page 42 What is a plate?
these are lithospheric
plates which means the
crust and parts of the
mantle. the reason they
are broken up is
because plates actually
ride on the weak
Asthenosphere a. Transform boundary at a spreading center b. Transform boundary on land 16. Plate Movement
a. Summarize the driving forces of plate tectonics.
b. What are the typical rates of relative plate motion between plates? Ocean Hot Spots and Island Arcs (Sections 10.5 – 10.6)
17. What is a hot spot and how does it form? Draw the process that forms a hot spot. is a place were hot mantle material are rising from deep within the mantle. Developed by a plum of magma
□ lithospheric plate moves magma is injected into lithosphere and land is lifted and makes volcanic islands
18. How and where do linear island chains and s eamounts form? Seamounts form by hotspots they are old volcanoes no longer breaking the surface 19. Calculate the rate of plate movement of the Hawaiian Island chain if the Island of Kauai formed 5.1 million years ago and
was transported 600 KM to the northwest. Give your answer in cm/year. (Hint: There are 100,000 cm in a kilometer.)
60/5.1=11.7647cm/yr 20. What is an island arc and how does it form? Draw the process that forms an island arc. Islands arcs are arc shaped chains of volcanoes
□ caused by subduction and earth is a sphere which causes the curved shape
21. Both ocean hot spots and island arcs form chains of volcanoes in the ocean. Explain the differences between the two and
how they form.
Island Arcs • Arc Shaped
• Have a trench next to them
• Near a Subduction zone
• More dangerous than Hot Spot Hot Spots • straight lined
• no trench
• no subduction zone Ocean vs Continental Hot Spots (Section 11.7) Calderas 22. Compare the physiographic features of oceanic hot spots and continental hot spots .
e ruptions Continental Crust magma 23. Compare the processes that form ocean hot spots and continental hot spots.
24. Compare the hot spots formed at the following places, noting the locations that have calderas, triple junctions, failed rifts :
a. Yellowstone National Park
□ formed from a hot spot
□ Caldera is a huge opening caused by huge explosion
□ explosive because of magma is erupting in a continental hotspot and the clue is large calderas
□ erupts regularly because of regular ground water flow Geol 101 Page 43 □ erupts regularly because of regular ground water flow
b. East Africa
• Started as a hot spot and morphed in continental divergent then an ocean boundary
• Triple junction hot spot cracked ocean crust and a divergent boundary started in 3 places
• Divergence started that has caused the separation of the red sea has become failed rift high plateaus and low valleys
25. Describe the evolution of a continental hot spot to a triple junction and finally a divergent boundary creating an ocean basin. Passive vs Active Continental Margins (Section 10.10)
26. What is the difference between an active margin and a passive margin?
27. Compare the physiographic features you would expect to find on passive continental margins with those you find on active
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10:23 PM Investigation 3.10 (page 70 in your book)
To complete this worksheet, see the instructions in the textbook (Chapter 3 Investigation). Table 1. Plate Boundaries of an Unknown Ocean and Continents
This perspective view shows two continents, labeled A and B, separated by an ocean. Use the topography to identify possible plate boundaries and to propose whether each boundary is divergent , convergent , or
t ransform . Use colored pencils or pens to mark the location and type of each plate boundary on the figure below. Use the following
colors: divergent = black; convergent = red; transform = green or blue. For transform boundaries, mark only transform
faults (where motion is still occurring), not fracture zones (where it is not). ▲
▲ Passive Margin ▲
▲ + Hotspot
▲▲ + ▲
Continental Shelf ▲
Seamount Table 2. Predicting the Location of Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Use your plate boundaries to mark where on the map earthquakes and volcanoes are most likely. On the figure above, do
the following: Draw circles [○] at any place, on the land or on the ocean floor, where you think earthquakes are likely. Draw triangles [▲] in any place, on land or in the ocean, where you think volcanic eruptions are likely. Remember
that not all volcanoes form directly on the plate boundary; some form off to one side. Also, a line of islands and
s eamounts (mountains that are beneath the sea) could mark the track of a hot spot and may not be on a plate
Table 3. Determining a Safe Place to Live
Determine a relatively safe place to build one city on each continent. Show each location with a plus sign [+] on the map.
In the space below, explain your reasons for choosing these as the safest sites. Reasons for location of city on Continent A: Reasons for location of city on Continent B: Geol 101 Page 45 Table 4. Showing the Plate Boundaries in Cross Section
On the figure below, draw a simple cross section of your plates in the subsurface. Use other figures in this chapter as a
guide to the thicknesses of the crust and lithosphere and to the geometries typical for each type of plate boundary. Some
features are not located along the front edge of the figure and so cannot be shown on the cross section. Draw the geometries of the plates at depth for any spreading center or subduction zone. Show the variations in thickness of the crust and variations in thickness of the lithosphere. Draw arrows to indicate which way the plates are moving relative to each other. Show where melting is occurring at depth to form volcanoes on the surface. Continent A
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Sunday, May 15, 2011
7:22 PM GEOL 101
Chapter 4—Minerals and Rocks In addition to your book, please view the tutorials provided in the ―Suggested Websites‖ for this lesson on Blackboard. They are
excellent resources for learning about minerals and rocks. Minerals, Rocks and Elements (Sections 4.1 and 4.2)
1. Name the five characteristics of a mineral and briefly describe them:
Made naturally by the earth
Inorganic nothing that was involved in the creation of rock Ordered internal
Structure the way in which it is made structurally Chemical
Composition Same chemical composition throughout, no matter
where you find the mineral Solid
2. Is ice a mineral? Why or why not? 3. How are minerals and elements related? How about minerals and rocks? Mineral Chemistry and Bonding (Sections 4.11 – 4.13)
If your chemistry is a bit rusty, see the mineral animations noted in the link above and fill - in the table below:
4. Compare and note the difference between the following:
Proton positive charge located in the nucleus
number is equal to the atomic number Neutron neutral charge located in the nucleus Electron Periodic table arranged in rows which
e qual to the number of shells the atom
has. negatively charged and usually equal to the number of protons Atom Atoms are arranged in the columns by the
number a valence electrons. Electron Shell Valence = outer shells Molecule Octet rule
2-8-8 5. Using Sections 4.6 and 4.9, define the following
a. Atomic Number:
i. How many protons does calcium (Ca) have in its nucleus?
ii. How many protons does oxygen (O) have in its nucleus?
h. Native minerals: 6. Element abundances: Use Section 4.10 to define the following:
a. Three most abundant elements in e arth’s crust:
b. Four most abundant elements in entire earth:
c. Considering the differences in the composition of earth’s layers, e xplain why a and b are different.
7. Valence Elections
The Periodic Table shows how many electron shells each electron has, and how many electrons are in the outermost shell. The outermost shell is important
b ecause the number of electrons in the outermost shell (determines how the element will bond.
Refer to Section 4.11 and fill- out the following table (the first one is done for you). When you draw the atom, note that only two electrons can fit in the
inner shell, and for smaller atoms, eight electrons can fill each of the next several shells . The first one is done for you. Geol 101 Page 81 inner shell, and for smaller atoms, eight electrons can fill each of the next several shells . The first one is done for you. Element
(Li) # of Protons # of Shells Electrons in
Outer Shell 3 1 3 2 2 5 4 Magnesiu
m (Mg) 2 Drawing 1 12
(K) 19 Bonding: Minerals will tend to gain or lose electrons or share electrons to achieve full outer shells (eight in most cases),
depending on their electronegativity.
7. Compare ions , cations and anions and give examples.
Ion- when an atom gains or loses an electron
Cations- Positive atom because loses electron
Anions- Negative atom that gains an electron Gain or lose to fill the outer shell 8. What is e lectronegativity? Compare the electronegativity of the left and right sides of the periodic table.
the measure of the ability to attract electrons
The more able an atom is able to attract electrons the more electronegative it is
Lower the energy required to build outer shell
The farther you move right the more electronegative
9. Using the periodic table in section 4.12 of your textbook, predict what will happen to the following atoms based on the numbe r of
electrons in their outer shell. The first one is done for you.
Atom # of valence electrons Will they gain or lose these? Name of ion and charge
Potassium cation K+
Cl 7 gain Chlorine anion Cl- O 6 Gain Oxygen Anion Al 3 Lose Aluminum Cation Al3+ O2- 10. Describe the different types of bonds that form minerals — note what happens to the outer shell electrons in each type of bonding.
Give an example of each type of bonding.
Covalent Description • when two atoms share electrons in order to fill its
• Very Strong bonds
• Covalent Sharing Example
Oxygen sharing electrons
• Diamond • Bonds where an electron is received or given up by
• Electronic Attraction between positive and negative
• Ionic Transfer Sodium and Chlorine
• NaCl - Salt (halite) • Common in metals, Freely mobile electrons shared
between all the ions of the structure minerals with
metallic bonds are goo electrical conductors • Metallic Intermolecular • Weak bonds that attract like sheets
• No transfer or Share but a attraction because of the
arrangement of the molecule like static electricity Hydrogen
Bonds • Bonds between water molecules
• Weak bond that involve hydrogen
• hydrogen is polarized
○ because of the charges on different atoms Ionic Geol 101 Page 82 Breaking and Forming Mineral Bonds: Dissolution and Precipitation
View the animation called ―Animation of Dissolving NaCl‖ and ―Animation of a Precipitation Reaction‖ in your Blackboard folde r to
see how crystals can grow from molecules, then answer the following questions:
11. Describe/draw the polarity of the water molecule and explain how this helps it to dissolve a mineral.
H+ H+ 12. Describe how halite (salt) dissolves in water.
The polarity of the water molecule, and water is a solvent which is a substance that likes to dissolve
Important because it is one way in which minerals form 13. Describe how a mineral can precipitate (grow) in water.
two ions come together that are oppositely charged come together
□ clusters are formed when they get heavy they sink
□ Precipitate is formed and that is the mineral. Physical Properties: Internal Structure, External Form (Sections 4.3 –4.5)
Crystal Shape (Crystal Habit):
14. Describe how ionic radius controls the internal structure (shape) of the crystal lattice and therefore crystal shape.
15. How is crystal shape affected by the environment in which it grows?
16. Sketch the three common arrangements of atoms in crystals
Internal structure affects the crystal shape of the mineral, inner shapes the outer
Cubic Tetrahedron Octahedron Cleavage, Hardness and Streak:
17. What causes cleavage in minerals?
tendency of a mineral to break along a preferred plain of weakness
18. Why would a mineral fracture , but not cleave? 19. Fill- in the following table, associating cleavage directions with crystal shape:
Number of Cleavage Directions Crystal Shape Example of Mineral with this cleavage One direction
Two Perpendicular Directions
Two Non- Perpendicular Directions Three Perpendicular Directions Cube Halite Three non- perpendicular directions 20. What is M oh’s hardness scale, and what does it represent?
21. Hardness is controlled by mineral bonding. Usually the harder the mineral, the stronger the bonds. Given this information,
predict the types of bonding that probably occur in the hardest, softest and middle minerals on the scale.
22. What is mineral s treak? Silicate Minerals (Sections 4.7 and 4.8)
23. Explain why silicates are the most abundant minerals in the crust.
24. What types of bonds form silicates? 25. Complete the following table, showing the differences between the five different silicate mineral groups.
Type of Silicate
Independent (Isolated) Sketch Geol 101 Page 83 Examples Independent (Isolated) Olivine
Single Chain Pyroxene
Double Chain Amphibole Sheets Muscovite
Frameworks Quartz How do Rocks Form? (Sections 1.5 and 1.6)
26. Remember that minerals combine to form rocks. Distinguish the processes that formed the three main rock types:
Where in/on Earth do
Sedimentary Process they form? Igneous Metamorphic 27. Sketch a simple version of the rock cycle, labeling and explaining in your own words the key processes.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
10:12 AM GEOL 101
Lesson 4 Study Guide
Chapter 5—Igneous Rocks and Magma
In addition to your textbook, please view the tutorials on igneous rocks and magma provided in the ―Suggested Websites‖ folde r
for Lesson 4 on Blackboard. Igneous (Magmatic) Rock Classification (Section 5.1 – 5.3)
Crystallization when a liquid starts to form into a solid 1. What is the difference between magma and lava?
Magma- exist between 1200- 600C°= Melted rock onto the ground is magma
• Rock- > Crystallized at 900° and below Magma =melt
◊ Magma= melt + Crystals
Lava= Liquid which magma becomes lava
2. What is the difference in texture (grain size) between intrusive and e xtrusive rocks?
II. slow= large crystals rapid= is small crystals
1) Extrusive Rocks
a) Rocks (lava) that cool on the surface get rapid cooling and have fine grains
i) Cool quickly on the surface so they have small crystals
• cant see them with the naked eye
• Small Crystals = aphonitic texture
2) Intrusive Rocks
a) Rocks that crystallize under the ground from magma
i) cool slowly and have large crystals
1. can see them with the naked eye
2. Phaneritic texture
3. Can be called plutonic 3. Explain how the following igneous textures form (the first one has been done for you:
What is it?
How/where does it form?
Very small crystals that you can’t see
When lava cools quickly at low temperatures on Earth’s surface
with your naked eye.
Pegmatite Rock that has very large crystals Intrusive that formed underground with water present in magma
chamber took the most time to form Porphyritic
porphyry) Rocks where you can see some crystals
and cant see others you cant. smaller
crystals (Chocolate Chip Cookies)
Large x-tals (phenocrysts)
Ground mass (aphanitic) started forming underground and were pushed up to the surface by
eruption and the crystals were erupted on the surface and cooled
very quickly. History: Fast and Slow
• Is Extrusive and Intrusive Rock Volcanic glass
(obsidian) Extrusive Rock with a glassy texture
with no grain visible all glass because its cooled so quickly it doesn’t have time to even
form crystal structures (Silica, Oxygen) get Glass Pumice
Tuff Geol 101 Page 115 Welded Tuff II. Composition Silicate • What the rock is made of: Minerals that make up the rock
a common rock-forming mineral Indicated by Color
belonging to a group formed
◊ Felsic Rocks
from silicon and oxygen
► Quartz, Potassium- Feldspar -> Silicates
combined with various elements
► Light in color
and classified by their crystalline Pink, Light gray, White
◊ Intermediate Rocks
► Intermediate in color
► has Plagioclase -> Gray, White, and Black
► Dark in color Olivine and pyroxene Black Dark Gray
► Dark in color Green or black
4. Provide the appropriate information for each composition given. When asked for silica or Fe/Mg content, use the words ―low,
intermediate, high, very high‖. The first one is done for you.
Property Intermediate Mafic Ultramafic Granite Diorite Gabbro Comatite (RARE) Fine Grained Rock Name
Aphanetic (extrusive) Rhyolite Andesite Basalt
Vesicular basalt Peridotite 2 Most Abundant Minerals Quartz and k- feldspar Plagioclase Olivine Pyroxene % Silica High – about 70% Mg, Fe Lowest Color Texture Felsic Coarse Grained Rock Name
Phanaritic (Intrusive) Light Lowest
MG Fe Intermediate Dark: black Dark Gray Green or Black
Iron makes things Green 5. Below is a photo of an igneous rock (penny for scale). A description accompanies it. Analyze the rock (break it down into its
texture and composition) to explain how it formed.
The rock at left has an aphanitic groundmass with a black
phenocrysts. Explain how it formed. NAME :ANDESITE Porphyry • Intrusive and Extrusive
○ started underground and finished above ground
○ Ground mass is fine grained
• Intermediate Rock 1 2 3 4 5 Aphanitic
V esicular Aphanitic Aphanitic Apahnitic
Light color Mafic
V esicular 6 phaneritic
Felsic Coarse Grained Extrusive and
Intermediate Porphyritic Geol 101 Page 116 7 Mafic
Light color Mafic
V esicular Basalt Rhyolite Felsic
Large Crystals Diorite
comp history Magma Formation and Composition (Sections 5.5 and 5.6)
6. Since the crust and mantle are mostly solid, magma can only form when rock melts. The following phase diagrams show
different ways rocks can melt. Indicate the type of melting shown, and describe how rocks can melt this way.
Melting= Breaking the bonds of solids
Type of Melting Represented M elting Curve
How rocks can melt this way
Heating Decompression acts as a solvent that dissolves bonds
Adding Water Composition of Magmas Produced by Partial vs Complete Melting
7. Compare complete melting to partial melting.
Partial Melting- Melt that forms Is richer in silica than the source rock
• Felsic minerals melt before mafic minerals
• Produces magma that is more Felsic and has more Silica
8. Felsic minerals melt at lower temperatures than mafic minerals , s o when rocks partially melt, magmas produced are
more felsic than the parent rock. Predict what type of magma will be generated in each part of Earth if that part of Earth
Earth Layer Composition of Earth
Layer Composition of magma if layer is
completely melted Composition of magma if layer
partially melts Continental
Crust Felsic Intermediate to Felsic Felsic Oceanic Crust Mafic Mafic Intermediate Mantle Ultramafic Ultra Mafic Mafic Changes in Magma Composition Due to Crystallization, Assimilation and Magma Mixing
9. Explain how crystal settling (aka fractional crystallization) can cause magma to become more felsic during crystallization.
a) Crystal Settling
i) Floating and sinking crystals
1. first formed minerals that sink are the more mafic minerals
First. More felsic
ii) Settling is a way in which magma changes and to be more felsic
iii) Mafic Minerals are dense and sink and Feslic are less dense
iv) Another name is Fractional Crystallization
1. occurs due to crystal settling
2. Early formed crystals fractionate or partition from the melt
First. way to get a more felsic magma from one that may not have been feslic 10. Explain how a magma of intermediate composition could be produced by the processes of magma mixing and assimilation.
i) Magma mixing
1. when magma mix together to change the composition Geol 101 Page 117 1. when magma mix together to change the composition
1. when magma is ejected into country rock and it becomes assimilated changing the composition Sequence of Silicate Crystallization – 5.8
In general, silicate minerals crystallize in the opposite order they melt — mafic minerals crystallize before (at higher
temperatures than) felsic minerals . We can predict the sequence of mineral crystallization with Bowen’s Reaction Series : 11. Use Bowen’s Reaction Series to explain how igneous silicates crystallize through magmatic differentiation.
I. Found that mafic minerals are the first minerals to crystallize and they crystallize at the highest temperature. Last Felsic
II. Rocks that contain Felsic minerals the minerals that would melt first would be Felsic 12. Compare the crystal lattices of the silicate minerals by drawing simple diagrams of them in the table below (you learned these
in Chapter 4). Do the silicate structures become more or less connected as the magma cools ? Magma Composition
ature Mineral High Structure
(Silicate Chains) Olivine
Mafic Minerals Pyroxene Amphibole Intermediate Minerals
Biotite Muscovite Felsic Minerals Potassium
Feldspar Geol 101 Page 118 Feldspar LOW Quartz Magma Composition and Plate Boundaries (Sections 5.9 – 5.11)
1. For each tectonic setting shown below, indicate the type of melting that occurs and the type of magma that is generated, and
where appropriate, the types of rock or features formed from that magma.
Setting Type of Magma
Generated Type of
Formed Mid- Ocean Decompression because magma rises causing the
ridge spreading apart allowing the magma to release.
Asthenosphere rises Mafic (due to partial
melting of ultramafic
mantle Pillow Basalt
below as an
l Rift Divergent
Boundaries Type of Melting Magma mixing crystals
intermediate eruptions Decompression melting that happens to be below
continental crust. Heating will happen in the continental crust because of Melting of continental by
the injection of the magma from below
heating produce felsic
intrusion Convergent Subduction Melting by water getting incorporated into rock.
Minerals are lifting and liberating to help melting.
Water circulates in the ridge added in pores and in
minerals here and also at trench
released at depth. Adding water to hot mantle Partial and Total melting
of ocean crust produces
intermediate and mafic
eruptions Possibly melting by heating Continenta Adding water Partially melts ocean crust and mantle
l Collisions Form intermediate and mafic magma
Rising magma melts intermediate and felsic crust
Hot Spots Hot Spots
in Oceans Melting by decompression
• Rising mantle plume
• Crustal melting causes felsic magma and
calderas on continents Hot spots
Continents Felsic magma
Felsic intrusions • Oceanic Islands
○ Huge Basalt flow also on continents Intrusive (Plutonic) Rock Bodies (Section 5.12 – 5.13)
1. What is the difference between intrusive and e xtrusive igneous (magmatic) features?
1. Define the size, shape and formation of the following intrusive rock bodies:
a. Dikes (―dykes‖)
1) vertical walls or tables of magma that have cracked the crust and intruded through
1) same as a dike but horizontal and parallel
d. Volcanic Neck
1) tiny intrusions on the order of centimeters
a) what gold occur in
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Thursday, May 19, 2011
11:30 AM V olcanoes can erupt:
○ Fiery Particles
• Gases Crater at the top
of the central
vent. Craters are
10's to 100's of
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Thursday, May 19, 2011
11:31 AM GEOL 101
Lesson 5 Study Guide
In addition to your textbook, please view the tutorials provided in the ―Suggested Websites‖ folder in Blackboard. Volcano Types (Section 6.1)
1. Compare each volcano type by filling in the table below: Volcano
Type/Sketch Typical composition of Lava Shield
(Section 6.4) Mafic Lava Largest Volcano and had very broad convex
Convex Up Largest volcano
on earth is
Shield Volcano Example - Kilauea
Scoria Cones Smallest volcanoes that shoot out rock called
scoria that a symmetrical (cinder cone)
squeezed out from bottom by plank eruption
and built by pyroclast can occur on side of
noes) Scoria (basalt with many
Mafic Lava (Basalt) symmetrical have concave upward shape Felsic to Intermediate lava
Mount St. Helens concave
Domes Sunset Volcano Volcanic Domes of felsic lava that ooze out
like toothpaste made of a very viscous magma.
typically form at the central vent of composite
volcanoes, problem is that it usually plugs the
central vent and pressure can build up. Felsic 2. Compare the s izes of volcanoes . Which of the volcanoes above is largest? Which is smallest? Eruption Style (Section 6.2)
3. Describe the following types of volcanic eruptions:
Lava Flow Lava Dome Obsidian: V olcanic glass Vesicular Rocks (Pumice)
Both of these have Vesicles caused by gases Geol 101 Page 159 Both of these have Vesicles caused by gases (Scoria) Pyroclastic Eruptions
Lava Fountain when lava is spattering up with tons of lava shooting up
Tephra Loose ash and lapilli that has settled on the ground
Ash - rock name is tuff, Powder, which is microscopic volcanic glass
typically comes from the eruption column and when it falls its called a
ash fall or a Tephra fall. when it falls and tears things up.
Tuff Formed by ash and Lapilli. Layer of these things that have fallen to the
ground as a layer. If gas is present they will fuse together and they will
form a welded tuff. it’s a layer of unconsolidated rock
Volcanic Breccia signifies a violent volcanic eruption. it is a rock made from an explosive
eruption that includes volcanic blocks and bombs
Volcanic Bombs formed from Breccia.
Eruption Column a burst of ash that is ejected into the atmosphere
Pyroclastic Flow A hot (up to 800 C) poisonous mixture of gas and ash moving down
slope at speeds Volcanic Blocks are large parts of lava angular that started to cool and then was propelled
out of the volcano Fumaroles sometimes yellow because of sulfur some gases include H2S, HF,
H2SO4 Acid Magma Viscosity (Section 5.7 and Section 6.2)
4. Compare low viscosity and high viscosity magma.
i. Viscous lava
1) Resists flow
2) Very thick
3) Traps Gas
ii. Low Viscosity
1) Gas can escape
5. Temperature: What is the effect of temperature on viscosity?
• Higher temperature has lower viscosity
• Basaltic lava flows quickly on the surface that those in lava tubes
• The lava in the tubes is less viscous than the lava flowing on the surface
6. Composition: Compare the viscosity of felsic magma with abundant silicate chains to mafic magma with fewer
i. Felsic magma is more viscous than Mafic because of silica
1) So Felsic intermediate magma is more explosive
a) Doesn’t let gases escape
b) Rhyolite lava
c) Erupts at lower temperatures
ii. Low viscosity is Mafic lava
1) Low silica chains
2) Basaltic lava
3) Erupts as higher temperatures
7. Dissolved water and volatiles : Describe the effect of water and volatiles on the viscosity of magma.
Lava with the higher dissolved water and volatiles they are more viscous so you move from Pahoehoe to aa
8. Compare how gases escape from felsic versus less mafic lava. Volcanic Features of Basaltic Magma (Sections 6.3 – 6.6)
9. Compare aa to pahoehoe lava.
10. Compare how s coria forms to how non-vesicular basalt forms.
11. What is a pillow basalt and how does it form?
i. Forms underwater in basalt or when the lava enters water
12. What types of materials would you find erupting from a s coria cone ?
13. What types of materials would you find erupting from a s hield volcano?
i. AA lavas because sheild volcanoes generally erupt lava
1) High viscosity basaltic lava 14. Compare eruptions from shield volcanoes to scoria cone eruptions.
15. What is a fissure eruption, and where on earth do they occur? Geol 101 Page 160 V olcanic domes emit felsic lava 15. What is a fissure eruption, and where on earth do they occur?
16. What are flood basalts , and where does the magma for flood basalts originate?
i. layers and layers of basalts formed by fissures in the earth that cracked the crust and huge volumes of basalts
poured out .
1) this can happen through a rising mantle plume like a hot spot
17. What is the difference between a hazard and a risk?
18. Describe the hazards associated with basaltic eruptions : Falling objects: Gases: Volcanic Ash: Lava: Flooding: Composite Volcanoes and Features (Sections 6.7 – 6.9)
19. Describe the features associated with composite volcanoes: Feature Description/Explain why feature is a hazard Eruption
Ash Fall column of tephra and gas that rises upward many of kilometers into the atmosphere Pyroclastic
tuffs Landslides rain and snow melt mix with loose ash and rocks on the flanks causing a volcano related
mudflow called LAHARS hazardous because of steep slopes loose rocks and abundant clay
minerals produced when hot water interact with the volcanic rock Lahars hazard because it can flow long distances form the volcano Lava
Rocks Ash, lava, mudflow, Andesite, Mudflow deposits, tephra from eruption column, Tuff from
pyroclastic flows (Felsic intermediate) Debris
Avalanche when the Pyroclastic
Flows most violent eruptions when the eruption column collapses downward as a dense swirling
cloud of hot gases Lava Domes (Volcanic Breccia from break up of flowing lava and collapse)
(Tuff and Volcanic Breccias associated with dome collapse)
Acts as a plug and can be blown away by build up of gases Phreatic
Explosion caused by a lateral blast that propel the mountain out ward 20. Summarize the events that caused the following natural disasters: Mt. Vesuvius, 79AD Mt. Pelee, 1902 Mt. St. Helens, 1980 – include before, during and following the main eruption.
21. Compare s hield volcanoes and composite volcanoes. Which one is more hazardous? Why?
1) Composite Volcanoes are more explosive because of the types of lava that are present Calderas (Sections 6.10 and 6.11)
22. Summarize the following about calderas:
Large basin shaped volcanic depression. typically has a low central part surrounded by a topographic escarpment Describe the process of caldera formation
1) crustal melting of felsic magma the magma rises and accumulates in one or more chambers. the chamber
or chambers may be with in centimeters of the surface
2) Magma reaches the surface and eruption begins. as chamber loses materials the roof of the chamber Geol 101 Page 161 2) Magma reaches the surface and eruption begins. as chamber loses materials the roof of the chamber
subsides to occupy the space that is being vacated curved fractures allow crustal blocks to drop
3) Erupting felsic magma forms eruption columns and pyroclasitc flows
4) As the eruption subsides magma rises through fissures along the edges or in the interior erupting on the
surface to make volcanic domes (can form lakes or be filled with sedimentary and volcanic deposits
What type of magma generally forms calderas?
In what types of tectonic settings are calderas generally found?
□ Hot spots Continental Oceanic Composite volcano hot spots have large enough eruptions for calderas
□ Subduction Volcanoes
Compare volcanic craters to calderas – are they the same, are they different, why?
How did the Yellowstone Caldera form?
□ found in a continental hot spot
What is the tectonic setting of the Yellowstone Caldera? Volcanic Hazards and Tectonic Setting (Section 6.12)
23. Volcanic hazards are associated with specific tectonic settings. This is because, as you learned in Chapter 5, different
magmas are generated in different tectonic settings. Using the table you filled - out in question #13 of your Lesson 4
study guide, and the risk map shown in section 6.12, fill- out the table below. Tectonic Setting
(Type of Plate
Boundary or other
feature) Magma/Rock Composition Type of Volcano or volcanic feature Mid- Ocean Ridges Mafic Fissures Continental Rift Felsic, Intermediate possibly Mafic Calderas and Domes
(East Africa) Subduction Zones pyroclastic and Felsic to
intermediate Composite , Possible Calderas
Volcanic Domes Continental
Collisions Felsic, Granite Rhyolite none because of the extremely Felsic
magma and gets trapped in the lava
dome Divergent Boundaries Convergent
Boundaries Hot Spots Hot Spots in Oceans (Hawaii) Mafic with Basalt Shield Volcanoes (largest volume of
basaltic magma in one place) Hot spots in
Continents Caldera (huge eruption because of
the Felsic Magma) (Yellowstone) Felsic 24. Where are the largest concentrations of composite volcanoes in the world? Explain why you find composite volcanoes
in this location.
i. Ring of fire around Subduction zones
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Diorite Andosite Gabbro Comatite Shield
scoria Cones Basalt Peridotite
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Monday, May 23, 2011
11:24 AM GEOL 101
Lesson 6 Study Guide
Chapter 15—Weathering, Soil, and Mass Wasting
In addition to your textbook make sure you view the tutorials in the ―Suggested Websites‖
folder for this lesson in Blackboard. Introduction
1. Explain the difference between weathering and e rosion. weathering:
□ the in- place physical and chemical breakdown of sediments and rocks when
they are exposed to land surface. Erosion
□ Carries the particles away
2. Explain why weathering is important. 3. Explain why rocks weather in terms of mineral stability.
a. How stable are the mineral of rocks
• Rocks subjected to new temperature and pressure conditions
• At a surface where it can be physically broken
• Interacts with atmospheric oxygen
• Rock Interacts with water which can break down mineral bonds
□ Less stable will break down more rapidly
□ More stable will take longer Physical Weathering (Section 15.1)
○ Heating and Cooling
○ Frost Wedging
○ Mineral Wedging
○ Root Wedging
○ Burrowing Animals
4. What is the role of joints in weathering?
a. Fractures within rocks
5. List and briefly describe the different types of physical weathering processes. Type of Physical Weathering
Frost wedging (from ice) Process
when snow falls on the ground melts and
lodges into the joints of the rock they
freeze and expand causing pressure on
each side of the cracks wedging the rock
apart along the joints. Pressure release (half dome)
(Sheeting) (Exfoliation) The rock breaks off into sheets like
onion. form from pressure release. Granite
intrusions form inside the earth uplifts
after crystallization and now under lower
pressure the crystals start to expand
creating small cracks in mineral crystals
and become large parallel cracks that
become sheeting joints Thermal expansion and contraction heating causes expansion and then lower
temperature causes contraction causing
cracks to become bigger Mineral wedging
(salt crystal growth) instead of ice wedging rock apart
minerals spread rocks apart Root wedging/organisms As the trees grow the roots crack the rocks
as well as animals burrowing into the
rock. Geol 101 Page 179 6. Remember the role that fracturing plays in physical weathering: the greater the surface area
e xposed on a particle, the more surface area there is for chemical attack, and the faster
chemical weathering can occur. And, the surface area of a handful of small rock particles is
greater than one whole rock. See for yourself by doing the calculation below: Calculate the area of one side of the boulder (A = L x W) Calculate the surface area of the whole boulder. (A cube has 6 sides so,
Surface Area = Area x 6) Calculate the surface area of all the cubes if the boulder is split into 8 equal
cubes (each cube being 2 cm on a side). 4 cm
Physical weathering makes the way for Chemical weathering it takes 500years to make cm of soil Chemical Weathering (Section 15.2)
7. For the three types of chemical weathering below, provide an explanation of what it is and an
example chemical reaction:
The lower the PH the higher the concentration of Hydrogen ions
Type of Chemical Weathering Example Chemical Reaction
(Example: Limestone) Calcite (the mineral in the rock Limestone): CaCo3+ H2CO 3
Calcite + Carbonic
Ion in Solution Pyroxene (a mineral common in Mafic igneous rocks): 4FESi03 +O2
Example (Clay) Ca2
Calcium Ion 2Fe2O 3 +
Hematite Silica (in water) Potassium Feldspar (a mineral common in felsic igneous rocks):
K- Feldspar + Water Kaolinite (clay) + Potassium (in water) + Silica (in water) 8. What is the s alinity of sea water, and why is sea water saltier than river water? How does
weathering make the ocean salty?
a. the ions from weathering enter the ocean and collects and water is evaporated so the
salinity of the ocean
3.5% Salt, 35lbs of salt per 1000lbs of Water
0.5 % Salt
• Ocean maintains form evaporation, Freshwater and the settling out of precipitates Weathering Products, Controls and Rates (Sections 15.3 and 15.4)
You will want to view the Weathering tutorials in your ―Suggested Websites‖ folder for the
lesson to answer some of the following questions: 9. What are the products (weathered material) from physical weathering?
10. Rocks that have been fractured or broken up
11. What are the 3 products of chemical weathering?
Physical Particles Geol 101 Page 180 11. What are the 3 products of chemical weathering?
○ Physical Particles
○ Ions in solution
○ New Minerals
12. The minerals in the list below are arranged according to their chemical stability. (This chart is in
the weathering tutorial).
Inspect the list and answer the following questions:
Least Stable Halite Calcite
Olivine Ca-rich feldspar
Muscovite Mica Quartz
Most Stable Clay Minerals and iron oxides Why are halite and calcite at the top of the list?
Solubility Explain the stability of olivine through quartz in relation to Bowen’s reaction series
Quartz crystallizes late because it is a high silicate mineral making it resistant to
weathering Why are clays and iron oxides at the bottom of the list?
□ Covalent bonds
□ Form at the surface from weathering Explain why most beaches are made of high percentages of quartz in terms of
mineral stability and the rock cycle.
because the sands are derived from the weathering and erosion of the land masses and their mountains.
The land masses and mountains are composed of rocks that are in turn themselves composed of many
common minerals, such as quartz, feldspar, pyroxenes amphiboles and mica, for example. During the
weathering process ground waters and dissolved carbon dioxide react with the rocks to break them
down. Quartz has the particular ability to survive because it very stable (unreactive to weathering
processes) and because it very hard 13. On the following table, explain how each factor affects weathering: Factor
Composition Explain and give examples
Compare the weathering of the following rock types: Granite and quartz-rich rocks: Stable compared to marble because of the
composition of the rock
rock made of Mafic igneous rocks:
because of oxidation these rocks are weathered more quickly than granite
Limestone, rock gypsum and rock salt:
less stable than the granite rock because it is made of limestone which consist of
Climate Compare the types of weathering you would find in the following climates:
Cold/humid climates: Dry Climates: Time How long does it take for rocks to weather and soil to form? Geol 101 Page 181 Time How long does it take for rocks to weather and soil to form? 14. Describe the temperature and precipitation conditions you would find the following types of
weathering, and name the type of climate you would find it in: Mostly chemical weathering: Mostly physical weathering: Both physical and chemical weathering:
15. Define each of the following weathering landscape features and explain how each forms: Exfoliation domes : Spheroidal weathering: Differential weathering: Soil (Section 15.5)
16. Loose, decayed rock debris overlying unweathered bedrock is called ___________.
17. Identify and explain how each of the soil horizons formed in the soil profile below. Mass Wasting (Sections 15.7 – 15.10)
In addition to your textbook, you will enjoy viewing the videos and tutorials provided in your
―Suggested Websites‖ lesson folder on Blackboard.
Mass Wasting - downhill slope of a mass (large area of material Rock, Unconsolidated
Material: Sand Clay Soil, or anything that hasn’t been hardened into rock)
• Rock Materials Slide= when materials slide downhill Tennessee Rock Slide, 2009
• Debris = sand, clay, and boulders
• Debris flow = is when debris seem to flow down hill (Example: La. Conchita, CA)
• Mud Flow=
18. Explain how gravity effects slope stability in terms of s lope angle , and the normal and shear
components of this force.
Steep slopes are more subject to mass wasting
• Normal Component the perpendicular force of gravity
• Sheer Component horizontal force of gravity
□ Much greater in a steeper slope
19. Explain how the following three factors control slope stability:
a. Angle of repose:
1) Maximum angle at which a pile of unconsolidated particles can rest without
sliding. Solid rocks can have sheer cliff faces (90 °) when its at its angle of
repose it is considered to be in equilibrium with its environment
1) Water can make damp sand stick together.
2) A little bit of water can increase cohesion and slope stability
a) attracts the grain and makes them hold together better because of the
3) Saturated sand (too much water) the pressure overcomes the tendency of Geol 101 Page 182 normal
Steep Slope angle 3) Saturated sand (too much water) the pressure overcomes the tendency of
polarity and pushes apart the bond and suspends the friction decreasing the
4) Water is the Enemy of Slope stability
a) increases pore pressure decreases cohesion, friction and slope stability
b) saturated materials increases
c. Fractures, cleavage and bedding (geology)
1) Cleavage - Fractures in metamorphic rock
2) Bedding - Parallel to slope stability
i) both allow water to get into rock and decrease the cohesion and
friction between the layers of the rock
20. Explain how the following triggers can cause a mass wasting event:
Trigger: External influence on a
slope that can through it out of
equilibrium. Explanation Precipitation can saturate sediment weakening an unconsolidated
material by reducing grain to grain contact (over
saturation) Wildfires Overloading more on top of the slope than the slope is use to Undercutting/ Oversteepening undercutting the toe of the slope can be cause by humans
or rivers Volcanic Eruptions can shake fracture and tilt the ground unleashing
landslides from over steepened slopes can cover an area
with hot ash causing melting ice and snow releasing large
amounts of water and mobilize volcanic material in a
debris flow Earthquakes 21. Differentiate between the following types of mass wasting (landslides):
a. Rock Falls:
1) free fall of large blocks or smaller pieces of bedrock detach from cliff face and
fall until they smash into the ground
b. Rock Avalanche :
1) particles support each other by collisions ride down slope on a cushion of air
c. Rock slides:
1) rocks are attached to the bottom and sliding along a lubricated plane that has
clay and water. downhill movement of rock along a plane
d. Rotational slides (slumps):
1) downhill movement of unconsolidated materials down hill.
2) Slump block is the piece of material that slide downhill
e. Debris slides:
1) Pile of debris that move downhill that is attached to mass
f. Earth flows, debris flows, mud flows:
1) Debris flows and mud flows
b) difference is in the material which it moves
c) both involve water
d) Debris : Boulders Mud: Small Clay
2) Earth Flows and Creep
a) Earth Flows:
i ) Involve water and flow very slowly
i i) can start as a slump but water is mixed and begin to move slowly
iii) like mud flows
i ) Most expensive
i i) soil is creeping slowly down slope 22. January 2005 La Conchita Disaster: Visit the La Conchita website in your ―Suggested Geol 101 Page 183 22. January 2005 La Conchita Disaster: Visit the La Conchita website in your ―Suggested
Websites‖ folder site and outline the precursor events and triggering mechanisms that caused
the January 2005 La Conchita disaster.
a. in southern California
b. caused by precipitation
c. debris fall
23. Which of the types of landslides you list in #21 above would best characterize the La Conchita
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W ednesday, May 25, 2011
11:23 AM GEOL 101
Lesson 7 Study Guide
Chapter 7—Sedimentary Rocks
In addition to your textbook, see the ―Suggested Websites‖ in your Lesson folder for helpful
animations and tutorials that will help you answer questions below.
. Clastic Sediments (Section 7.3 and 7.4)
TYPES OF CEMENT 1. Be able to outline and describe the four processes that form sediment and sedimentary rocks:
a. Weathering: source
b. Erosion/Transportation: water, wind, glaciers, mass wasting, (HOW) Calcite
quartz c. Deposition: occcurs when current energy is not great enough to transport particles
d. Lithification: digenesis=lithification (buried) compacted (pressed) Cemented - glue
refers to minerals that precips in pore space to and hold grains together.
Mechanism: Suspension - Clay Silt
Saltation: skipping and Jumping - Sand
Rolling - larger particles (gravel) Lowest Gradient =slope Greatest energy 2. Compare the sizes of clastic grains:
3. Explain how the following attributes of clastic sediments change with distance from their source:
a. Size of grains:
b. Shape of grains: Which of the particles above was probably deposited furthest from its source? How can you tell?
c. Composition of grains:
d. Sorting: the further you are from the source the better sorted
Boulders/Gravel- Basketball, golf ball sized
Sand - MM (table Salt)
Clay/silt- <mm (powder)
Poorly sorted Explanation/Example Well sorted 4. Where on Earth (what environment) do you think a well- sorted sand could form? Why?
Well sorted samples would be found at a beach
a. Far from source Geol 101 Page 219 Away From Source
• Grains become
• grains become
i n more resistant
• Better Sorted b. and has wave actions
5. Where on Earth (what environment) do you think a poorly sorted sediment could form? Why?
a. Poor sorted would be in mountains
a. Rock was created close to source
b. near mountain Clastic Sedimentary Rocks (Section 7.5; 7.7-7.8)
6. Explain how rocks become lithified
a. Burial and compaction: first are buried and compacted
b. Cementation: then are cemented by minerals
7. What are the four most common types of cement?
hematite - black reddish
clay - dark colored
quartz - Light colored tan/gray formed by dissolution of the old grains 8. In the chart below, for each grain size, give the approximate size and the rocks that would result
from each type of particle.
Particle and name
Rounded gravel (boulders, cobbles, and
pebbles) How Formed?
Environment of Deposition?
Well sorted Name _Conglomerate
the size of the grains
make it what it is.
Angular gravel (boulders, pebbles, and
cobbles) formed in mountain
stream land slide Name Breccias____ based on angular shape
Mass wasting events Sand
Name Sandstone_____ Beaches
River -point bar (sand bar)
Shelf Well sorted
sand sized grain are left
behind and compiled and
together over time
Name ________________ Clay * Loess
• Shallow seas
• Bays Lagoons
• Low energy areas
• Lakes Geol 101 Page 220 Photo Shale
Name _________________ • Lakes
• any place with low
• quiet water places
• possible flood plains 9. Rocks that are made of the largest particles needed high energy for the particles to be
transported. Which of the rocks above needed lots of energy for the transportation of its
Conglomerates and Breccias need high energy for transportation
Sandstone takes a moderate amount of energy but at a beach sands take lower energy
10. What environments of deposition would be considered high energy?
• Sand dunes
• mountain fronts
• Places with high wind currents (beaches deserts)
11. Rocks that are made of the smallest particles need low energy environments for deposition.
Which of the rocks above need low energy for the transportation and deposition of its particles?
12. What environments of deposition would be considered low energy?
c. flood Plaines
d. middle of oceans
13. Explain how shale forms and in what environments of deposition it forms.
Made up of clay and can be found in the middle of a lake or in the middle of an ocean. Chemical/Biochemical Sedimentary Rocks (Section 7.6; 7.11)
Derived from precipitation of inorganic ions and compounds in solutions
14. Fill in the chart below to summarize the chemical and biochemical sedimentary rocks.
Rock Name Chemical Composition/How Formed?
Environment of Deposition? Rock Salt Gypsum Limestone Travertine Geol 101 Page 221 Photo Dolomite See Dolostone Chalk Chert from the dissolved shells of microorganisms that
secrete SiO2 (silica) to make their tests
Chert is hard Iron Formation Coal comes out of a coal seem forms in a swap where
there is lots of vegetation that falls and dies forming
Peat then under compression becomes Lignite then
bituminous coal (most abundant in US)then becomes
Anthracite (pure carbon) causes coal 15. Explain what e vaporites are and how they form.
Rocks that were water evaporates and it leaves behind ions that come into contact with each
NA+CLNaCl Halite to Rock salt
Co3 Calcite- > Limestone
Precipitation: when ions form solids
Precipitate is a mineral solid
inorganic Chemical sedimentary rock - Gypsum
Evaporates are a type of chemical sedimentary rock
Arid places with restricted lakes (lake in dessert, Restricted lagoons)
16. Give three types of sedimentary rocks that can form as evaporates.
a. __Gypsum _Rock Gypsum ___
c. ___inorganic limestone (small amounts)
17. Explain how and where biochemical limestone forms.
formed by the dissolved tests of microorganisms like foraminifera They are made of Ca3
Sand of Calcite shells goes through diagenesis (lithification) to get limestone
found on carbonate platforms (Bahamas)
○ water is clear because there is no clasitc input (rivers aren't draining into this area)
18. How is chert different from limestone?
19. Draw a diagram showing the different steps involved in the formation of coal, and label the
different types of organic material formed at each step.
Bituminous Coal (sedimentary coal)
Anthracite Coal (pure) 20. Section 7.11: How do carbonate rocks form in non- marine environments? Geol 101 Page 222 Travertine: When ground water that is super saturated with dissolved calcium and carbonate
calcite precipitates forming travertine
Dolostone: when Mg rich ground water interacts with limestone 21. Section 7.11: How do carbonate rocks form in marine environments? Sedimentary Structures (Section 7.7)
22. Explain how the following sedimentary structures form:
(Layers, Beds) What is it/ How formed?
formed by deposition right after suspensions Current Ripples
Gentle slope and steep
RIVERS in rivers with sand bed. current pushes grains up to top of ripple and
when slope exceeds angle of repose the grains cascade down making a
layer and ripples can migrate over time then you get current Ripples
formed by unidirectional currents. Current is always opposite the steep
side. the gentle slope is the direction in which the current is coming
from. Wave Ripples
OCEANS Symmetric Ripples there is no steep or gentle side but all the sides are
equal as far as the angles. Forms when tide comes in on beaches and
then goes back out. wave ripples are indicators of current motion that is
bidirectional. when we see sandstone with wave ripples we can say that
the environment is in water induced by wave action on a beach Cross Bedding
(Navajo Sandstone) 23. What is a formation and how is a formation different from other strata
a. a continuous layer of rock that has same composition everywhere Transgressions and Regressions (Section 7.12)
You can use your textbook and the following animation of transgressions and regressions to
answer the following questions.
24. What is the difference between a transgression and regression? 25. Draw a stratigraphic section that represents a transgression. Explain how you know your section
represents a transgression. 26. Draw a stratigraphic section that represents a regression. Explain how you know your section
represents a regression.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011
12:37 PM To complete this worksheet, see the instructions in the textbook (Chapter 7 Investigation).
Table 1. Observations and Characteristics of
Sedimentary Layers The two photographs below show the upper and lower parts
of a sequence of layers. Try to identify boundaries between
different sedimentary rock units, and draw a dashed line on
the photograph along any main boundary. The stratigraphic
section to the right contains some descriptions of the units
shown in these two photographs. You do not have to write
any observations on this worksheet, but your instructor may
have you discuss these in class.
Stratigraphic Section Table 2: Interpreting the Sedimentary History from a Stratigraphic Section
Using both the stratigraphic section and the cross section located in the textbook (Chapter 7
Investigation), determine the environment of deposition and list supporting evidence for that
environment. Then, answer the questions below this table.
Rock Unit Interpreted Environment of Deposition of Rock Unit (not what it is
(circle all that apply, and list key characteristics that support your
interpretation) Upper sandstone
and mudstone unit (a) steep mountain front, (b) river system, (c) middle of a lake, (d) sand
dunes, (e) sandy beach or delta, (f) plant- rich swamp, (g) coral reef, (h)
muddy part of ocean
Key characteristics: Dark gray shale (a) steep mountain front, (b) river system, (c) middle of a lake, (d) sand
dunes, (e) sandy beach or delta, (f) plant- rich swamp, (g) coral reef, (h)
muddy part of ocean
Key characteristics: Yellowish- tan (a) steep mountain front, (b) river system, (c) middle of a lake, (d) sand Geol 101 Page 225 Yellowish- tan
sandstone (a) steep mountain front, (b) river system, (c) middle of a lake, (d) sand
dunes, (e) sandy beach or delta, (f) plant- rich swamp, (g) coral reef, (h)
muddy part of ocean
Key characteristics: sandstone formed from the cementation of sand Lower basal
conglomerate (a) steep mountain front, (b) river system, (c) middle of a lake, (d) sand
dunes, (e) sandy beach or delta, (f) plant- rich swamp, (g) coral reef, (h)
muddy part of ocean
Question 1: Does the change of environment from the base of the section up to the thick gray
shale indicate a transgression or regression of the sea (circle one)?
Transgression/Regression List observations that support this interpretation_
sea level rose to a transgression then it regressed downward
Question 2: Does the change from the thick gray shale to the overlying sandstone indicate a
transgression or regression of the sea (circle one)?
Transgression/Regression List observations that support this interpretation Question 3: Which of the following phrases summarizes the history of the entire sequence (circle
your answer): (a) transgression, (b) regression, (c) transgression followed by a regression, or (d)
regression followed by a transgression?
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
12:19 AM GEOL 101
Lesson 8 Study Guide
Chapter 8—Deformation and Metamorphism Mountain Belts – Ch.11.2
Formation of mountains is a direct result of plate tectonic activity. In addition to your textbook, you can view
the ―Volcanic Mountain Belts‖ and Continental Collisions‖ clips in the ―Mountain Building‖ animation in the
―Suggested Websites‖ folder.
1. Mountain building can occur at different types of plate boundaries. In the table below, briefly summarize
how the following types of mountains form (the first one is done for you)
Type of Mountain
How do they form?
Volcanic Island Arc
Ocean- Ocean Subduction
(Subduction Zones) Compression and volcanism
Subduction Ocean Crust Andes Mountains Continental Collisions
(Largest) Continent- Continent Collisions
ocean crust cant subduct and they pile on top
of each other causing large mountains Himalayas Mantle Upwellings Hot Spot or Old Hotspot
Uplifting of mantle materials and causes
cracking and faulting of the overlying crust Yellowstone Hotspot □ Orogeny= Mountain building event Deformation – Ch. 8.2
The results of mountain building are recorded in the earths crust. Earth crust becomes deformed (changes) as a
result of the tectonic forces. Deformation is evidenced by geologic structures –faults and folds that have
occurred after the rock has been lithified, and metamorphic rocks . Stress
Stress is the force the produces change (deformation) in a rock. In addition to Ch.8.2 in your textbook, you
can view ―What is deformation‖, ―Brittle Deformation‖, and ―Ductile Deformation‖ in ―Deformation of
Rocks – Structural Geology at the following website:
2. What is the difference between confining pressure and differential stress ? Draw a picture showing the
difference between the two.
○ Stress is the pressure applied to a rock Confining Pressure
□ Same amount of stress from all directions Differential Stress
□ Different amounts of stress from different directions
□ 3. Define and compare brittle deformation, e lastic deformation and ductile deformation: Deformation- Strain in responses to stress Brittle Deformation Elastic Deformation Ductile Deformation Small stress at shallow Rocks stretch then Geol 101 Page 253 At deep depths increased depths and rocks will begin
to break brittley and that is
called FAILURE. go back to their
( not typical ) stress causes a rock to flow
or bend 4. Use the following picture to describe how the type of deformation of continental crust varies with depth. 5. How do rocks respond to differential stress ? For each type of stress noted below, indicate how rocks
would respond. (faults)
Type of Differential Stress
Reverse Fault Deformation Ductile Deformati on
Fold tension Normal Stretch Rocks (elongated) Shear Strike -Slip Sheared Rocks Identifying Faults – 8.3 – 8.4
6. Differentiate between the following:
d. Joints : Commonly vertical. Crack where rock pulled apart or pushed together
1) Formed from Burial and Tectonic Forces
2) Cooling and Contractions
a) Columnar Jointing
i) Devils Tower- Black hills of South Dakota
3) Unloading- Releasing of pressure (Half- Dome)
e. Faults: Rocks have slipped past one another
3) Strike- Slip Fault
4) Dip- Slip Faults
5) Oblique Slip Fault
7. Describe the difference between s trike and dip using the diagram below: Geol 101 Page 254 7. Describe the difference between s trike and dip using the diagram below:
respect to north
Dip is angle that the rock unit
makes with horizontal Strike is the angle that a rock
body makes on a map with I. Normal and Reverse/Thrust Faults (Dip-slip Faults)
8. Faults that have some displacement in a cross -section view can be defined as normal or reverse by
identifying the hanging wall and foot wall on either side of the fault. Define hanging wall and footwall
using the picture below, in your book, or on the website above: Rules:
If the hanging wall has moved down in relationship to the foot wall, the fault is normal.
If the hanging wall has moved up in relationship to the footwall, the fault is reverse .
You determine whether the hanging wall or foot wall has moved up or down by using a m arker bed, such as a sedimentary
layer with a distinctive color. 9. Identify the following fault structures and the stress that caused them.
(use arrows to show stress
causing this structure)
Cross- section view: Type Dip-slip or Strike -Slip of Fault
(ie. Strike -slip, normal) Stress
(ie. Compression, etc.) Normal Tension/Extension Reverse Compression
Hanging wall has moved up in
relation to the footwall (also label hanging wall and foot wall)
Cross- section view: (also label hanging wall and foot wall)
Cross- section view: Thrust Fault (Reverse Fault)
Geol 101 Page 255 Compression Cross- section view: Thrust Fault (Reverse Fault) Compression (also label hanging wall and foot wall) 10. How can you tell the difference between a normal fault and a reverse fault? Illustrate your explanation
by drawing a cross- section of both. 11. Compare the s tress that causes a normal fault verses a reverse fault? 12. Compare thrust faults and reverse faults .
13. Draw a simple cross- section of a horst and graben structure and show the stress that caused this
II. Strike -Slip Faults: Right- and Left-Lateral
Strike slip faults are identified in map view rather than cross- section, and are defined using the following
rule: If you stand on one side of a strike slip fault and look across the fault, determine whether a marker (such
as a road or a stream) is offset to the left or the right. If the marker is offset to the left, the fault is left lateral. If the marker is offset to the right, the fault is right lateral. 14. Determine whether the figures below are left- lateral or right lateral: Right Left Folds (Ductile Deformation) – Ch.8.5
15. Anticlines and synclines are the types of folds that are produced by ductile deformation. Identify the
following folds as anticlines or synclines:
Geol 101 Page 256 following folds as anticlines or synclines: Type of fold: __Syncline_____
Draw- in the axial plane (hinge line)
Label the limbs Type of fold: ________anticline _________ _
Draw- in the axial plane (hinge line)
Label the limbs 16. If you walked across the top of each fold starting from the hinge line out along the limbs determine if the
strata you walk over gets older or younger for each fold: Anticline: The strata is (older, younger) __Younger_ at the hinge line and gets Older as you move away
from the hinge line. Syncline: The strata is (older, younger) _____Older _____ at the hinge line and gets
___Younger______ as you move away from the hinge line.
17. What type of s tress causes folds? Using arrows, draw the direction of the stress causing the folds on the
diagrams above. Compression
18. Define and describe other types of compression, ductile features: Domes: Basins: Practice Identifying Geologic Structures In Photos
19. Referring to the photo below (shown in cross - section) : f. Identify the hinge of the fold above. Draw it on the photo.
g. Identify the type of fold (you did this in 15 above): Anticline Geol 101 Page 257 Monoclines: f.
j. Identify the hinge of the fold above. Draw it on the photo.
Identify the type of fold (you did this in 15 above): Anticline
Note which strata is oldest and which strata is youngest in the photo.
Is this fold a s ymmetrical or asymmetrical fold? How can you tell? (see p. 213 in your textbook).
What type of stress caused this fold? On the diagram above draw the direction of the stress with
k. Based on the type of stress that caused this structure, in what type of tectonic setting do you think
this structure formed? Convergent boundary 20. Referring to the photo below: 1. The following structure is shown in plan view (map view). Identify the type of structure
Strike Slip Fault Right Lateral
2. What type of stress probably generated this structure? How can you tell? Using arrows, draw on the
photo the direction of stress that probably produced this structure.
3. Based on your interpretation of the structure and the stress that caused it, in what type of tectonic setting
do you think this structure formed?
Strike Slip Fault Putting It All Together
Faults and folds can be used to interpret the type and direction of tectonic stresses that deform the crust and
produce mountains. You can use what you learned so far to fill- out the table below.
Make sure you can relate the deformation (types of structures) to the stress and tectonic setting that caused
21. Fill- in the summary table below (the first one is done for you):
Tectonic Setting? Geol 101 Page 258 Example on Deformation Deformation Compression Folding Reverse Faults
Thrust Faults Convergent
Boundaries Earth Extension Stretch Normal Divergent Shear Sheared Strike- Slip Transform Himalayas Metamorphic Textures – Ch. 8.6
22. Compare deformation and metamorphism.
□ the large scale change in rock shape
□ Rock that has changed in texture or chemical composition (minerals) in the solid state
□ Change of the mineral makeup of a rock
□ Small scale
□ occurs due to the partial or complete recrystallization of minerals over long periods of time
under high pressures and temperatures. 23. Label the photos to show the metamorphic textures and explain how each texture forms:
(Foliation) Micas under microscope: Gneissic (banding)
(Foliation) Metamorphic Rocks – Ch. 8.7 Pressure is required for foliation
Geol 101 Page 259 Metamorphic Rocks – Ch. 8.7 Pressure is required for foliation
24. On the following diagram, fill- in the metamorphic rocks that form given the indicated parent rock:
Non-Foliated Rocks Shale
Pressure Sandstone Limestone Low grade: Slate_____ Quartzite_(pressure solution) Marble_(high Temperature Low -no foliation because quartz grains are not very conditions)
Phyllite ____ _
High grade: Gneiss_____ Types of Metamorphism and Tectonic setting – Ch.8.9
25. Define the following types of metamorphism, and then describe the type(s) of tectonic setting(s) in which
they occur. Show where you would find these types of metamorphism in each of the block diagrams
below: Regional: forms at high pressure and high temperature. called this because it occurs in mountain ranges
associated with convergent boundaries Contact: Hydrothermal: Cataclastic (Fault): 26. For each of the types of metamorphism listed above, show where they would occur on the graph below: Geol 101 Page 260 Pasted from <file:///C:\Users\Brandon\AppData \Local\Temp\ipag51ac.tmp\Lesson%208%20Study%20Guide%20(Ch.8%20 -%20Deformation%
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Lesson 9 Study Guide
Chapter 9—Geologic Time In addition to your textbook, the ―Suggested Websites‖ folder for this lesson shows excellent animations and tutorials
on geologic time. Part I: Relative Dating
Relative Dating Principles – 9.1
1. What is the difference between relative dating and absolute dating (assigning ages)?
2. Define the following:
a. Principle of Original Horizontality : sedimentary rocks were originally deposited horizontally on land
b. Principle of Superposition: In any sedimentary setting the oldest layers are at the bottom and the youngest
are at the top.
c. Principal of Inclusions : inclusion are older than the rock that contains them Which is older, the black inclusion in the picture above or the white diorite surrounding it? How do you know? d. Principle of Cross -cutting Relationships : Geol 101 Page 282 d. Principle of Cross -cutting Relationships : Which is younger in the picture above – the fault or the strata it cuts? What type of fault is shown? Which is younger in the picture above – the gray dike or the strata it cuts?
e. Baked Contacts: (c) 2005 Andrew Alden, licensed to About.com ( fair use policy) ―The lava flow exposed in this roadcut near Alturas, California, has baked the mud beneath it into brick - red shale‖.
(Quoted directly from About.com). Unconformities – Ch.9.3 Geol 101 Page 283 http://www.stkc.go.th/LOEarthScience/OFFLINE/LO801/3_2en.htm
3. What are unconformities ? (ie- what do they represent in the rock record?)
4. Define the following and explain how they form:
a. Angular unconformities : b. Non-conformities: the boundary between the igneous -metamorphic basement and the sedimentary
c. Disconformities: an unconformity or surface of non deposition or erosion between parallel sedimentary
layers Interpreting Geologic Cross-Sections - Practice 5. The picture below is a cross- section view of an outcrop. Use the stratigraphic principles above to put the labeled
geologic events in order. Start with labeling the letter of the oldest event at the bottom, to the youngest event on top.
Make sure you include the following events: Fault A (give type of fault) Deposition of strata C Deposition of strata G Erosion I (give type of unconformity) Intrusion of igneous rock N (give type of intrusion) Erosion O (give type of unconformity) Deposition of Strata P Deposition of Strata W Youngest Oldest (
_c_ Superposition Geol 101 Page 284 6. Use stratigraphic principals to develop a geologic history for the outcrop below. Remember to start at the bottom when
you interpret the crossection. Fossils – Ch.9.5 through 9.6
7. What are fossils?
1. evidence of past life used to determine relative age and the environment of deposition
8. Describe the different ways in which a plant or animal can be preserved as a fossil:
Type of Preservation
Hard Parts What is it/how does it form?
Shells or Bones/ rapid burial Molds
Carbonization and Impressions
Trace Fossils 9. Describe the two main factors that influence whether or not a creature is preserved as a fossil.
10. Define ―faunal succession‖. that fossils that are younger look more like animals of today and fossils found in the
older layers of rock look very different than things today
11. Using the figure below, describe the fossil evidence that differentiates each geologic era. In addition, make sure you
know the ages of the beginning/end of each era (Ma = millions of years ago). Geol 101 Page 285 New Life Middle Life (looks more like it does today but not quite) Ancient Life 12. What three independent sources of data were used to establish the geologic time scale?
c. _____________________________________ Correlation – Section 9.7
13. Formations can be correlated using rock types (lithostratigraphic correlation) and fossils (biostratigraphic
correlation). The stratigraphic sections below show different rock types that can be correlated using lithostratigraphy.
Complete the exercise below to define and understand the concept of ―correlation‖.
a. Draw lines between the three stratigraphic sections below to connect the geologic contacts between
beds. You may want to check your textbook to see what this will look like.
b. How many beds can be correlated across all three sections? _________ c . How thick is the thickest stratigraphic section (or column of rocks)? (Note that the scale goes from 0
t o 70 meters.) ______________ meters
d. A bed of coal (black) is present in sections B and C. How deep would you have to drill in section A
(starting at the top of the section, up near the letter A) to reach the buried coal seam? __________ meters Geol 101 Page 286 Part II = Absolute Dating
Pleases see your ―Suggested Websites‖ folder for this lesson in Blackboard for important tutorials and animations that
will help you with this next section. Radioactive Decay – Ch.9.3
1. What is radioactive decay? Radioactivity
□ The breakdown of the nucleus of an atom it will release particles to become stable
2. What is a radioactive isotope ? Half-life
3. What is half-life ? View the following half- life animation in your ―Suggested Websites‖ folder for a
demonstration. 4. Approximately what percentage of parent isotopes remains after 2 half- lives have passed?
5. If a rock initially contained 10 milligrams of a radioactive parent when it first crystallized, how much remains
after 4 half- lives?
6. Assume a parent isotope has a half- life of 100 million years, how old is a sample that contains 15 % of its
original parent isotopes? Use the graph below for your calculations: Geol 101 Page 287 100+50+25=175 2.8*100=280 1.25/2=0.625 .5/4=0.125 .125*5=0.625 Radioactive Dating
7. List 3 isotope pairs that are used to date old rocks.
8. Describe what radioactive isotopes can tell us about the following geologic features: Volcanic Rocks: Igneous intrusions: Sedimentary rocks containing carbon: Sedimentary rocks containing boulders: Metamorphic rocks:
9. Read about radioactive dating of zircons in the attached article and answer the following questions: In what types of rocks do zircons occur? Why are zircons ideal for age- dating the earth? What is the age of the oldest zircon?
10. If you age- date a zircon in a sandstone, are you dating the deposition of the sandstone, the lithification of the
sandstone, or the crystallization of the igneous minerals that formed the sandstone? Explain. Radiocarbon (Carbon-14) Dating
A photo of the processes involved in carbon- 14 dating is shown below, and is part of a tutorial in your lesson folder: Geol 101 Page 288 11. Which is the radioactive isotope – C- 12 or C- 14? 12. How does C- 14 form?
13. What does C- 14 decay into?
14. What isotope ratio is used to determine the age of a sample using C - 14?
15. What types of materials can be age- dated using C- 14 – organic or inorganic or both? Can granite be age- dated
using C- 14? Why or why not?
16. Given that the half- life of C- 14 is only 5,730 years, and there is usually not enough C - 14 remaining in a sample
after 12 half- lives, what is the age limit for dating materials using C - 14? Zircon Chronology: Dating the Oldest Material on Earth
Backscatter electron image of a zircon crystal showing narrow growth zones
around a central core. Photo courtesy of Darrell Henry.
Excerpt from EARTH: INSIDE AND OUT, edited by Edmond A. Mathez, a
p ublication of the New Press. © 2000 American Museum of Natural History. What are the oldest rocks on Earth, and how did they form? The material that holds the greatest insight into these fundamenta l questions,
b ecause it can contain a record of some of the earliest history of the Earth, is a mineral named zircon. For example, a few g rains of zircon
found in the early 1990s in a sandstone from western Australia dates back 4.2 – 4.3 billion years, and we know from meteorites that the Earth is
n ot much older at 4.56 billion years. Geology professors Darrell Henry of Louisiana State University and Paul Mueller of the University of Geol 101 Page 289 n ot much older at 4.56 billion years. Geology professors Darrell Henry of Louisiana State University and Paul Mueller of the University of
Florida are expert practitioners of several techniques that can extract precise age information from zircons. They’re searchi ng for some of the
o ldest rocks in the continental crust, for the zircons within them, and for the clues the zircons contain about the formation of the planet.
Originally formed by crystallization from a magma or in metamorphic rocks, zircons are so durable and resistant to chemical a ttack that they
rarely go away. They may survive many geologic events, which can be recorded in rings of additional zircon that grow around t he original
crystal like tree rings. Like a tiny time capsule, the zircon records these events, each one of which may last hundreds of mi llions of years.
M eanwhile, the core of the zircon itself remains unchanged, and preserves the chemical characteristics of the rock in which i t originally
Zircon contains the radioactive element uranium, which Dr. Mueller calls ―the clock within the zircon‖ because it converts to the element lead
at a specific rate over a long span of time. According to Mueller, this makes zircons ―the most reliable natural chronometer that we have when
we want to look at the earliest part of Earth history.‖ He goes on to explain that there are two ways to tell time in geology . ―One is a relative
time, meaning if there’s a mineral of one kind, and growing around it is a mineral of a second kind, you know the inner miner al formed first,
b ut you don’t know how much time elapsed between the two.‖ Henry evaluates these kinds of mineral relations in rocks. From th e types of
minerals and their distributions in the rocks he reconstructs a relative sequence of events that reflects the change over tim e of parameters like
p ressure, temperature, and deformation. ―If I have a metamorphic rock,‖ elaborates Dr. Henry, ―I can use the types of mineral s and their
chemistry to determine the conditions that the rock had experienced at some point in its history. For example, a temperature o f 700°C and high
p ressure of several thousand times atmospheric pressure imply that it had been deep in the crust at some time during its geol ogic history.‖ He
infers what has happened to the rocks, but not how long ago it happened. That’s where the second kind of time comes in: absol ute as
compared to relative. ―We try to supply the when,‖ explains Mueller. ―My job is to look at the chemistry of the rock, includi ng its isotopes,
and try to derive the absolute times for events that are recorded in the rock and its zircons.‖
How precise are those actual numbers? ―Depending on the history of the rock, we can date things nowadays down to something on the order
o f a few hundredths of a percent of its age,‖ answers Mueller. That translates, for example, to plus or minus a million years out of three
b illion. Carbon -14 dating can go no further back than about 70,000 years, because the half -life of carbon -14 is only 5,730 years. (The half -life
is the time it takes for half of the original radioactive isotope to change to another element.) In comparison, the half -life of the radioactive
u ranium 238 isotope is 4.5 billion years, which makes it useful for dating extremely old materials.
Zircon chronology begins in the field. ―You go out and look for relative age relationships, see which rock unit was formed fi rst,‖ says Henry.
―For example, there may be a granite which contains pieces of other types of rocks enclosed in the granite. Because of their p osition, we know
that the rocks enclosed in the granite have to be older.‖ Geologists map an area to identity these relative age relationships . Then they collect
s amples, which weigh from two to more than one hundred pounds, depending on the rock type. Zircons aren’t rare; in fact, they ’re common in
g ranitic rock. But they are tiny grains that make up only a small fraction of any given sample, typically less than a tenth o f one percent, and
they’re dispersed throughout the rock. This makes separating out the zircons a painstaking process. The rock is ground up to b reak it into
individual mineral grains. Then, ―because zircon is more dense than almost any other mineral, we put the ground -up rock in a liquid with very
h igh density so that only the densest minerals fall through to the bottom,‖ explains Henry. In other words, says Mueller, ―zi rcons sink. We
also use the magnetic qualities of the zircons to separate the most pristine ones from the rest.‖
Then the detailed geochronology work begins. ―I’ll take a fraction of those zircons, make thin sections of them —slices of mineral thirty
micrometers thick, roughly as thick as a hair, that are mounted on glass —and get an idea of what they look like in terms of zoning pattern,
whether they underwent multiple episodes of growth, how simple or complex they are,‖ says Henry. He passes this information a long to
M ueller, along with the sample’s geological context. ―I also look at a thin section of the rock to learn something about the framework in which
the zircon occurs. Is it in a granite? Or is it in a metamorphic rock that has had a more complex history? Or is it a metamor phosed sedimentary
rock? By knowing its history, we can interpret the age of the rock much better.‖
―To understand the relative geologic history of a rock, Darrell uses thin sections because he’s interested in the relations a mong all the
minerals, which make up the rock,‖ explains Mueller. ―However, for geochronology, we’re interested in the minerals that make u p one tenth
o f one percent or less.‖ He looks at the zircon using various techniques —―light reflected off the grains, light transmitted through them,
cathodoluminescent light resulting from hitting the zircon with an electron beam‖ —to establish the scale at which the zircon grains should be
analyzed. Quantitative microanalysis of the elements in zircon is done with an electron microprobe. ―This allows us to analyz e things on a
micron (a millionth of a meter) scale using a thin beam of electrons,‖ explains Henry. ―The electrons irradiate the sample, c ausing atoms
within the sample itself to give off X -rays. Each of the atoms of the different elements in the sample gives off X -rays with characteristic
wavelengths. You can then compare these to a standard with a known concentration of the element, and come up with an exact co mposition of
that small spot. An individual zircon grain may be composed of many zones of different compositions and ages. Isotopic compos itions can be
d etermined with an ion probe. Do we want to look at the whole grain, or should we direct a tiny beam of oxygen ions, 300 micr ometers in
d iameter, on parts of the zircon grain to analyze for U (uranium) and Pb (lead) isotopes so we can date that spot and dissect the zircon’s
individual history?‖ Alternatively, the uranium and lead can be separated chemically when an individual zircon grain is disso lved in
h ydrofluoric acid. ―Then we analyze them on a mass spectrometer, which gives us the ratios of the individual uranium and lead isotopes, and
from that we can calculate the time,‖ explains Mueller. Ultimately, says Henry, ―all of these data are combined into a larger picture of how the Earth worked billions of years
of years ago.‖ In Mueller’s words, ―it boils down to the fact that the more we know about the variety of rocks that
made up the earliest continents and how these continents evolved, the better our window onto how the Earth formed
and the early processes that separated the crust from the mantle and probably even the mantle from the core.‖ Mueller
describes his and Henry’s collaboration as a parallel journey. ―Our research marches down the same road, and
sometimes we hold hands and sometimes we go our separate ways.‖ In either case, they’re constantly exchanging
information yielded by their different approaches, and there’s always something new to look at. Mueller sums it up:
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Lesson 10 Study Guide
In addition to your textbook, please use the websites and tutorials provided to you in the ―Suggested
Websites‖ folder in Blackboard to help you answer these questions. Earthquake Mechanics (Sections 12.1 and 12.2)
1. What causes most earthquakes? 2. Define: Slip: amount of movement along a fault. distance the two rock bodies have been displaced Rupture Zone: the area of the fault that experienced movement Focus: Epicenter: 3. Explain (use logical reasoning to show cause and effect) the process of e lastic rebound.
□ Rupture expands then snaps back together
4. What causes foreshocks ?
a. represents the location where the stress is building
5. What causes aftershocks ?
a. Rocks are adjusting and snapping back into place Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics (Section 12.4 and 12:5)
6. Where on Earth do most earthquakes occur?
7. Focal depth: give the depth of the foci of the following earthquakes: Shallow focus: <50km Intermediate focus: 50- 300Km Deep focus: >300Km
8. At what type of plate boundary do you find most intermediate and deep focus earthquakes?
Near trenches or Subduction zones
9. Explain why deep focus earthquakes occur at this kind of plate boundary but not at others.
Because the cool plate is being subducted underneath another plate which allows for cool brittle
deformation under the surface at deeper depths
Go to the following Web site: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/index.php . 10. Click on the map of the US. Where do most earthquakes occur in the US. Why?
11. ―Intraplate ‖ earthquakes occur inside of plates, away from tectonic boundaries. Do you see any on the
map? What causes these intraplate earthquakes?
Tennessee. these occur because of old fault zones Seismic Waves (Section 12.5)
12. What is the difference between a: Seismometer : Geol 101 Page 320 Seismogram:
Below is a s eismogram that shows the arrival time of a seismic wave in seconds on the x- axis, and the
amplitude of the wave over time. 13. What is the amplitude of the largest seismic wave shown in the diagram above?
14. What is the difference between body waves and s urface waves
• Body Waves: (P&S) move through the earth
□ Come in first
• Surface Waves: Move on the surface of the earth
□ Slowest Body Waves
Explain and sketch the difference between how P- waves and S- waves travel through the Earth: P- Waves: Primary Waves come in first, they move horizontally making them faster S- Waves: Surface Waves come in second, up and down shearing motion 15. Which body waves (P- or S- ) have the greatest velocity? 16. Label the first arrival of the P- wave and S- wave on the seismogram shown above. 1st arrival of P- wave ______________ 1st arrival of S- wave ______________
17. Compare the velocity of P- waves and S- waves when they travel through a liquid. Surface Waves
18. What is the difference between surface waves and body waves? Geol 101 Page 321 19. Notice the position of the surface waves in the seismogram above, as compared with the P- waves and SWaves (body waves). Which waves have the largest amplitude—P- , S- , or surface?
20. Notice the amplitude of the surface waves. Why do you think they are flat on top? 21. What is responsible for the low- amplitude ground motion that appears before the P- wave? Locating and Size of Earthquakes (Section 12.6)
Travel-Time Curves Geol 101 Page 322 22. At any seismic station, we can determine the distance of an earthquake from the seismic station using a
travel- time curve for the seismic station. Travel- time curves are developed at each seismic station by
plotting the distance of a known earthquake from the past, and the first arrival times of the P- and Swaves of that earthquake.
a. Look at the difference between the S- wave and the P- wave curves. What is the difference (in
seconds) between the S- wave first arrival and the P- wave first arrival when an earthquake is at a
distance of 100 KM away?
b. Notice the S- P curve. This is called the S-P lag time curve . It is just a plot of the difference
between the first arrival of the S- wave and the first arrival of the P- wave. Use the S- P lag time
curve to find the difference of the first arrival of the S - and P- wave when an earthquake is at 600
KM away from a seismic station
c. What do you notice about the difference between the first- arrival of the S- wave and the first
arrival of the P- wave as the distance of the earthquake epicenters get further and further away? 23. The further away an earthquake is, the (larger, smaller) ___________ the S- P time interval.
24. Does the S- P lag time tell you the direction of the earthquake?
Three Intersecting Circles Identify the Epicenter 25. The S-P lag time only tells you the radius from the seismic station to the earthquake. It does not tell
you the direction to the earthquake. To get the direction, map the circles showing the distance to the
epicenter from the seismic station. 26. Why can’t you use only two seismic stations to get the distance to the epicenter?
27. Circle the following information you must have to determine the location of an earthquake.
a. Wave amplitude
b. S- P time interval
c. the type of rock the wave is traveling through
d. the velocity of the seismic waves
e. data from at least three seismic stations Richter Scale
28. What does the Richter Scale measure?
29. Using the nomogram and seismograms below, answer the following questions:
a. What is the magnitude of an earthquake if the amplitude of the seismic wave is 2 mm and the S - P Geol 101 Page 323 time interval is 10 seconds?
b. The energy released during a magnitude 8 earthquake on the Richter scale is __________ times
greater than that released during a magnitude 6 earthquake. Mercalli Scale
30. Compare the modified Mercalli Scale to the Richter scale.
a. Mercalli scale measure the intensity of shaking (Roman Numerals from I- XII) it is a qualitative
scale and the Richter scale is a quantitative measurement
b. Scale based on human perception
31. Explain what a modified Mercalli intensity indicates. Used to map the orientation of the fault that created an earthquake 32. What factors influence the Mercalli intensity? Rock/subsurface composition – waves are amplified in softer less consolidated sediment Distance Away – farther away less the intensity Attenuation Magnitude Building construction Duration of Shaking Orientation of Faults- Earthquake Hazards (Section 12.7)
33. Describe how earthquakes can cause destruction, both during and after an earthquake:
a. During: b. After: 34. List some ways to limit earthquake risk: 35. What should you do and should you not do during an earthquake? Geol 101 Page 324 Major North American Earthqakes (Section 12.8)
36. Be able to describe the causes and primary destruction that occurred during the following earthquakes:
a. Alaska, 1964
1) Land slides
2) Fault Scarps
b. San Francisco, 1906
c. Mexico City, 1985 d. Northridge, LA, 1994
2) Ground Shaking
a) Building began to sink into the ground
e. New Madrid, 1811- 1812
f. Loma Prieta Earthquake (1989) Tsunamis (Section 12.10)
37. What are tsunamis and how are they generated? Earthquake Predictions (Section 12.12)
38. Explain why there is high earthquake risk in each of the red areas on the world map below. 39. There are 3 areas of the coterminous US, Alaska and Hawaii that have high earthquake hazard risks as
shown on the map below. Describe the cause of earthquake risk in each of these areas. Geol 101 Page 325 Long Term vs Short Term Forcasting
40. What is long- term forecasting based on?
41. Explain how earthquakes can be predicted by using ―seismic gaps ‖, as shown in the cross- section
below: 42. Explain what precursor events can be used for short- term earthquake prediction.
43. Describe the success of short- term earthquake prediction. Earth’s Interior (Section 12.15)
44. What is the difference between wave refraction and wave reflection?
45. Which way are seismic waves refracted when they enter a faster material - toward the boundary or away
from the boundary?
46. Which way are seismic waves bent when they enter a slower material? Geol 101 Page 326 46. Which way are seismic waves bent when they enter a slower material?
47. In the figure below, label the top and bottom layers as ―slower‖ or ―faster‖ based on how the seismic ray
is being refracted: 48. Explain why seismic waves take curved, rather than straight paths in the Earth? Use the diagram below
to answer this question: 49. Using the diagram below, show the location and describe the P- and S- wave shadow zones. 50. Explain the causes of the P- and S- wave shadow zones.
Place where you would not receive any seismic waves because the material in which they are able to
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11:34 AM GEOL 101
Lesson 11 Study Guide
Chapter 16—Rivers and Flooding River Systems (Section 16.1)
North Carolina’s Drainage Basins Rivers in North Carolina receive their water from the areas they drain – their drainage basins . The basins are
drained by tributaries (streams, creeks), which flow to the main, larger river. The hydrograph above shows rainfall of a creek, in inches, during each 15- minute increment of a storm. It
also shows the streamflow (discharge ) of the creek, in cubic feet per second (ft3 /s).
Peak rainfall or peak streamflow refers to the maximum values on this chart.
1. Discharge: Q = AV where:
Q = discharge, usually in ft3 /sec or m3 /sec
A = (D x W)cross- sectional area of the stream, usually in ft2 or m2
V = velocity of the water, usually in ft/sec or m/sec
Calculate the discharge for the following river channel:
Discharge = 4X5=20 20 X1=20 ft3 /sec Geol 101 Page 364 2. Lag Time
Using the hydrograph above, compare the peak rainfall to the peak streamflow. This is called lag time .
a. What are the values for peak rainfall and peak stream flow on the graph?
b. Label the difference between peak rainfall and peak streamflow (lag time interval) on the
hydrograph. c. This lag time is due to infiltration of water into the ground before it hits the stream. Explain how
infiltration can cause the lag time between the peak rainfall and peak runoff.
3. Rates and Amounts of Runoff
The amount and rate of runoff is controlled by many factors. Define each factor listed below, and then
explain how the amount and rate of runoff would change if the factor increased or decreased: Factor Affecting Runoff Define Explanation Precipitation (Climate ) Long term temp and
precipitation patterns Drainage Basin Area and Shape The whole area that is
a hydrograph for a simple basin shows a
drained by a river and its single peak increase in discharge with a
tributaries. influence its gradual decrease in contrast a complex three
flow response to rainfall part drainage basin may show a three peak
response to a single event. Total discharge in
a larger basin will be higher and more spread
out because some water travels short
distances and other water travels long
distances Basin Slope
(Gradient) Overall slope of a
drainage basin helps
determine how fast
water in the basin
empties after a heavy
rain or after snowmelt Runoff from a steep drainage basin is fast
and much water arrives downstream at about
the same time yielding higher discharge
value…. Runoff from more gntly sloped
basin is spread out over time leading to a
lower peak discharge Erosion, deposition and sediment load in rivers (Sections 16.2 and 16.3)
4. Observe how sediment is transported in the following animation:
Then, on the diagram below:
a. Label where you would find clay, silt, sand, and gravel being deposited in an average- flowing
stream. Geol 101 Page 365 a. Define: Bedload
◊ Material that is pushed bounced rolled and slid along the bed of the river Saltation:
◊ sand grains roll along the bottom or be picked up and carried down- current by
bouncing along the streambed. Suspended load:
◊ Fine particles can be carried suspended in the moving water even in a relatively
slow current the material is the Suspended Load Dissolved load:
◊ Some Chemically soluble ions such as calcium and sodium are dissolved in and
transported by the moving water. they constitute the dissolved load
5. Define turbulent flow, and explain how it can cause erosion. You can view the following animation for
Turbulent Flow: is rough waters caused by steep gradients (slope) high energy low velocity
Laminar Flow: Smooth Flow gentle gradient(slope) Low energy high velocity
6. What is the relationship between velocity and the type of sediment that can be transported in a river?
(page 471, Section 16.3). As the water velocity increases the flow becomes more chaotic or turbulent
and the water can pick up and move material within the channel
7. What causes deposition? View the following animation for help:
chapter_no=visualization Deposition occur where the water velocity decreases, for example along the river banks during flooding or
in pools behind rocks or other obstacles. Rocks and sediment constrict this river, forming a lent water
upstream. During floods sediment is deposited in slow- moving eddies on the flanks of this pool but such
sediment is vulnerable to later erosion and is therefore very transient How streams change downstream (Sections 16.4, 16.10, 16.11)
Use the following diagram and your textbook to answer the following question: Geol 101 Page 366 8. Define the following factors and explain what happens to these factors as you go from a river’s
headwaters to its base level:
c. Gradient: is the change In elevation /(distance) d. Maximum sediment grain size:
e. Total sediment load:
f. Channel size:
g. Water velocity: increases
9. Explain what a delta is and how it forms (Section 16.9). Here are some pictures of the Mississippi River
delta: http://gulfsci.usgs.gov/missriv/aerials.html 10. Explain why a stream might incise if base level falls. Draw a cross- section showing how this happens. 11. Explain how a stream will deposit sediment if base level rises. Draw a cross- section showing how this
12. What could cause base level to fall? 13. Give one example of a fall in base level in the past.
14. What could cause base level to rise?
15. Explain why the Grand Canyon is incising into the Colorado Plateau (Hint: View the Virtual Tour of the
Grand Canyon website). Geol 101 Page 367 River Morphology (Sections 16.5 – 16.8)
16. What is an alluvial fan? Where do you find them? How and why do they form?
17. Draw a cross- section of a river showing a channel, point bar, natural levee, flood plain, and edges of the
river valley. 18. Among the elements shown above, where would you find the largest quantity of:
b. Gravel: c. Silt and Clay:
19. How do meandering rivers form?
20. Draw a map- view of a meandering stream showing a cut bank, point bar, and oxbow lake .
21. What is an oxbow lake and how does it form? Draw a diagram showing how an oxbow lake forms.
22. Draw a map- view of a braided stream showing channels and longitudinal bars
23. Compare (list similarities and differences) meandering and braided streams. Floods (Section 16.12)
24. What is a flood? Predicting Floods
Use the flood frequency curve below to answer the following questions:
25. About how often can you expect a flood that has a discharge of 100,000 ft3 /sec?
26. What is the approximate discharge of the 100- year flood?
27. What is the probability that the 100- year flood will occur this year?
Exeedance probability = 1/Recurrence Interval Geol 101 Page 368 Infiltration and Urban Flooding http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/watercyclerunoff.html 28. Analyze the hydrographs above. Note on the graph which hydrograph is for an urban area, and which
hydrograph shows the rural stream.
29. Which type of land (urbanized or rural) results in a higher peak discharge more quickly? Why do you
think this happens?
30. So how does land surface affect rates of infiltration? 31. If you were a city planner whose community was rapidly becoming urbanized, what would you do to
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In addition to your textbook, please go to the ―Suggested Websites‖ section of Blackboard to view tutorials that will be
helpful with answering the questions below. Hydrologic Cycle – USGS Web site (or Section 17.1 in textbook)
Reservoirs How does water move from and to this
reservoir? % of Fresh
Water 96.5% Oceans % of Total Water on
Earth 3.5% Ice Caps and Glaciers
Define and explain the following: Water Movement Processes Definition
(and groundwater discharge)
Evapotranspiration Freshwater Usage (Section 17.2)
1. Rank the following freshwater users by re- writing the list below, with the greatest water users at the top and the
least water users at the bottom: Public and domestic use Industrial use Irrigation Thermoelectric power Groundwater Basics (Section 17.3)
2. Define the following ways groundwater occurs:
a. Pore space: b. Fractures:
c. Caves: Geol 101 Page 397 3. Define and compare the following terms:
a. Unsaturated Zone: zone were all pores are not completely filled with water and is synonymous with the
zone of aeration b. Saturated Zone: is the zone were all the pores are filled with water c. Water Table: the area that separates the saturated zone and the unsaturated zone Porosity and Permeability (Section 17.3)
3. Define the following and explain how they control the ground water flow through earth materials:
i. Definition: ii. Materials that have high porosity:
iii. Materials that have low porosity: iv. How to calculate porosity: Porosity = Total volume of pore space in a rock X 100
Total volume of rock
4. Calculate the porosity of the sand shown in the picture below: Geol 101 Page 398 a. Sorting: i. Definition:
ii. Explain the difference in texture (distribution of grain sizes) between poorly sorted and well
sorted clastic sediment and clastic sedimentary rocks.
iii. Give one example each of a typically well sorted and a poorly sorted clastic sedimentary rock. iv. Explain the difference in porosity between poorly sorted and well sorted sedimentary rocks.
ii. Which of the following shows the units of permeability? (Circle the best answer) a. % b. ft3/sec c. ft/sec d. ft
iii. In general, materials with high porosity have high permeability. Exceptions are shown below.
Explain why the following materials could have high porosity but low permeability:
1. clay: 2. vesicular volcanic rocks:
6. Different factors within rocks can change the porosity and permeability of a rock. Answer the question below: Factor Explain what will happen to porosity and permeability (will
they be high or low?) when the factor is increased or decreased. Cement between
sedimentary grains Increase cement
Down Write down the effect on
porosity and perm: Up Write down the effect on
porosity and perm: Decrease cement: Fractures Increase fractures: Up
Geol 101 Page 399 Write down the effect on Fractures Increase fractures: Write down the effect on
porosity and perm: Decrease fractures: Sorting Up Down Write down the effect on
porosity and perm: Increase sorting: Write down the effect on
porosity and perm: UP
Decrease sorting: Write down the effect on
porosity and perm: Down
Compaction (depth) Increase compaction: Write down the effect on
porosity and perm: Down
Decrease compaction: Up Write down the effect on
porosity and perm: 7. Porosity and Permeability of Rocks are one of the main controls on ground water flow. Different rocks have
different porosities and permeabilities. Answer the question for each rock type given in the table below: Material or Rock Type Explain whether the porosity and permeability of the
indicated rock type is high or low and explain why it is
high or low. Loosely cemented gravel and sand Unfractured Igneous and Metamorphic
Rocks (commonly referred to as ―Crystalline
Limestone Groundwater Flow (Section 17.4) 8. The water table generally slopes from ___High to Low areas.
a. Flows from high pressure to low pressure and then flow straight up then out Geol 101 Page 400 9. Lakes, wetlands, springs and streams can all form when: 10. The rate of ground water flow is strongly controlled by:
11. Define the following:
a. Ground water divide: Place where ground water flows different direction depending on where the water
divide is. Similar to drainage basin divide b. Hydraulic gradient: the slope of the groundwater flow. the higher the gradient the faster ground water flows Aquifers (Section 17.4)
12. Define the term ―aquifer‖ and explain what types of materials make a good aquifer.
Aquifer is a geologic formation that can store significant quantities of water that can supply the public good
Good ones are well sorted or gravel and Sand (sediment) conglomerate or sandstone that doesn’t have a lot
of cement. Fractured rock (like fractured granite) Limestone- Calcite.
a. Impermeable layer:
b. Confining layer: a layer of low permeability
c. Perched water: Perched aquifer is underlain by low- permeability unit one that is above main aquifer d. Artesian Wells and Water: water rises in pipe (maybe to surface) 14. Draw a diagram showing the difference between an unconfined aquifer and a confined aquifer. 15. In words, compare unconfined and confined aquifers:
Unconfined Confined Open to the earths surface and to infiltration 16. View the ―Groundwater in the Piedmont‖ website in the ―Suggested Websites‖ folder for Lesson 12 in
Blackboard. Then, answer the following question: Describe the type of aquifer you would expect to find if you drilled for water in the NC Piedmont. 17. Why can a well be ―artesian‖ if it is drilled in a confined aquifer but will not be artesian if it is drilled in an
18. What type of aquifer do you think would be safest from surface contamination? Why? Groundwater – Surface Water Connections (Section 17.5) Geol 101 Page 401 Go through the ―Groundwater Tutorial II‖ in the ―Suggested Websites‖ folder in for Lesson 12 in Blackboard. Then,
answer the following question:
19. In an unconfined aquifer, at what time of year is the water table highest? Lowest? 20. Groundwater and surface water are connected. Define the following as they relate to ground water:
b. Discharge: where water table intersects surface water can flow out 21. Define the following and explain how each can form:
c. Hot Spring d. Gaining Stream:
e. Losing Stream: stream is losing its water to the ground and replenishing the ground water f. Karst topography:
g. Stalactite (―hang tight from the roof‖):
h. Stalagmite (mounds- up from the bottom): i. Travertine Karst Topography (Section 17.6)
Use your textbook and the ―Karst Websites‖ in your Lesson 12 ―Suggested Websites‖ folder on Blackboard to answer
the following questions.
22. What type of rock does karst terrain form in? 23. Provide the chemical equation that dissolves the rock in karst terrain (hint: think back to Ch. 15 when you learned
about dissolution of calcite). Geol 101 Page 402 24. Describe how each of the following karst features form:
Sinkhole: Depicting the Water Table and Ground Water Flow (Section 17.7) 25. The map above shows ground water elevations in monitoring wells. Using a 10- food contour interval, draw a
contour map of the water table, and then indicate the direction of ground water flow. (Note: DO NOT ―connect
the dots‖ – interpolate between the points). If you need help with contouring, please see the ―Contouring Video‖ in the ―Suggested Websites‖ Lesson 12 folder in
Blackboard. Groundwater Problems: Pumping (Section 17.8)
26. Define the following terms, explain how they form and why they can be a problem to surrounding areas:
a. Cone of Depression: b. Compaction, Subsidence and Fissures:
c. Saltwater Incursion: Water Problems: Contamination (Section 17.9)
27. Describe how the following sources can contaminate surface and groundwater:
a. Weathering of rocks:
b. Petroleum and coal:
d. Human waste: e. Farms, ranches and commercial orchards:
f. Gas stations:
g. Manufacturing facilities: h. Dry cleaners Geol 101 Page 403 h. Dry cleaners
28. The procedure to correct ground water problems is tackled in three main ways. Explain how you would
accomplish each step below:
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11:04 AM GEOL 101
Lesson 13 Study Guide
Chapter 14—Shorelines, Glaciers, and Sea-Level Change
In addition to your textbook, there are good animations and tutorials describing some of the
processes in this study guide. Shoreline Processes – Ch.14.1
1. Explain the processes that shape shorelines and describe how they effect the coastline:
Process Definition/ Description of processes Waves form from the movement of the wind Tides form from the moons gravity and the gravitational pull of the
ocean Climate, Rivers and Deltas
Faulting and Plate
Tectonics Sea level change Tides – Ch.14.2
2. What are tides, and what causes them?
3. Sketch and summarize how the gravity of the moon and Sun cause s pring and neap tides. Waves and Longshore Currents Ch.14.3 and 14.4
4. What causes ocean waves?
5. Sketch and label the parts of a wave, including the height, wavelength and wave base. 6. Breakers: Explain why a wave rises and breaks as it reaches shallow water. Geol 101 Page 429 7. Wave Refraction: Explain what wave refraction is and why it happens at a coastline. 8. Explain what happens when waves refract around a headland.
9. Longshore Currents: Explain what a longshore current is and how it forms
10. Longshore Drift: Explain what longshore drift is and how it moves along the shoreline
11. What are the main sources of sediment on a coast?
12. What are the main ways sand moves at the coast?
13. Why is beach sand typically quartz- rich? Coastal Landforms – Ch14.5
14. Differentiate between erosional and depositional features on shorelines and explain how each
Erosional Features Depositional Features Headlands Sand bars – Sea Cliffs – Barrier Islands – Caves and Sea Arches – Spits – Sea Stacks – Baymouth bars – Wave- cut platforms - Shoreline Protection – 14.6
15. Describe the positives and negatives of some of the ways humans have tried to control shoreline
erosion. In addition to your textbook, the following website has a tutorial and simulation that
Control Measure Pros Cons Groins Jetties
Breakwaters Sea Walls Geol 101 Page 430 They casue Sediment to erode form
some place else Beach Nourishment
• way to put sand back on beaches
• Take sand from somewhere else and
bring it to the beach
16. Based on where the sediment is building up in the photo, which way is the long shore current is
going (ie- left to right, top to bottom, right to left, etc.)? Sea-level Changes and Coastlines – Ch.14.8 and 14.9
17. Compare the factors that would cause coastlines to be s ubmergent rather than e mergent. 18. Differentiate the characteristics of s ubmergent verses e mergent coastlines.
a) Subsidence of the continental margin due to increasing density of ocean
crust as it leaves as it spreads away from the mid Atlantic ridge
2) Sea level is rising due to global warming - > ice caps melting
3) Sediment supply is decreasing because of damming the rivers and the sediments
i. Rock Uplift
1) CA- Tectonic
2) Maine- Isostatic Rebound
ii. Lower Sea Level
1) Build the ice caps (glaciations) 19. Describe the factors that can cause sea- level change: Glaciation:
Geol 101 Page 431 Glaciation: Rate of Sea- floor spreading:
□ when the rates are high the sea floor will rise and when the sea floor goes up the
water is displaced and the coastlines flood and cause transgressions Ocean Temperature:
□ When temperature goes up the volume of water goes up causing the sea level to
rise Polar verses equatorial position of continents: Loading and isostatic rebound of the crust: * HEADLAND = Promontory
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