EOS 120 Mid-Final

  1. What is a mineral? Or qualities that minerals have? (5 things)
    • * great majority inorganicly derived
    • *naturally occuring
    • *have a distinct internal structure (bond lattice)
    • *maintain a fixed chemical composition
    • *homogenous mixture
  2. Is salt a mineral?

    its fits all the criteria, its main difference from sugar is that it is inorganic.
  3. Is sugar a mineral?

    It breaks a couple of the rules. it is organic, and it must be produced/synthesized (nbot natuarlly occuring)
  4. Is water a mineral?
    In general NO....some may answer that in its solid form ice it could be considered so.
  5. are crystalls minerals?
    some are some arent. they must fit the criteria....mostly due to naturally occuring
  6. Ionic substitution
    in some minerals ions w/ simialar charge and radius may be substituted for one another.

    • ex. feldspare (NaAlSi3O8) subs the Nafor K+
    •       Quartz SiO2 is very pure because the Si & O are not easily substituted.
  7. Bonding
    ions try to fill their valence shells to gain stability

    Ionic=transfer= weak

    covelaent = sharing=strong
  8. # of minerals in the crust?

    what are the most common rock forming minerals?
    only about 20 minerals that make up earths crust.

    most common are silicates made of Si & O

    remainder are Al,Mg,Na,K, Fe
  9. Mineral Stability Changes
    minerals become unstable with changes in heat and pressure.

    In a subduction zone hydrous minerals sink with the crust

    pressure becomes to great

    they become unstable and form new minerals a/o rocks

    • basalt/gabro------>eclogite
    • plagioclase----------> pyroxene/garnet
  10. Gr4aphite to diamond
    due to mineral stability relating to pressure graphite turns to diamond

    pressure only found below 140km deep

    kimberliite magma

    so how do diamonds exist on surface? surface conditions are not enough to break the covelant bonds.
  11. 4 main products of weathering
    • 1. rounded structures
    • 2. losse debris (regolith)
    • 3. secondary minerals (ions in solution)
    • 4. creating landforms
  12. 3 types of weathering
    • Physical - mechanical breakage
    •                no change in chemistry
    •                **increases surface area

    • Chemical - decomposition
    •                  weakening of chemical bonds
    •                  reactions work to 'stabalize' minerals

    Biological-combo roots wedge and also produce hemic acid

    • **often work together
    • **water usually required
  13. 2 mian procces of physical weathering
    1. ice wedging - water in craks freezes-->expands=broken rock

    2.pressure unloading- rock formed at high heat pressure relaxs at surface and breaks along prefered orientation
  14. 3 main factors of chemical weathering
    1. dissolution - everything disolved no by product (halite/calcite)

    2. hydrolosis - clay minerals left behind (feldspare to claymineral-kaolinite and disolved minerals)

    3. oxidations -with atmospheric or hydrous oxygen (iron oxides)
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  16. Sedimentary Rock Types (3)
    Clastic - made of other rocks (brecia, conglomerate, sand stone, mud stone etc.)

    Chemical - evaporites (rock salt)

    Biological - from plants/animals (coal)
  17. What is mass wasting?
    • *downslope movement of earth materials
    • * when driving force (down slope) > resisting (retaining) force

    * either slope increases OR cohesion(friction) decreases
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    • material strenght - weathering = less cohesion (strenght)  
    •                             weathering = more mass=more force

    • water content - high = additional mass = more force
    •                         high= less cohesion= less resistence

    over steepening - i.e. undercutting - a slope will try to achieve equilibrium
  19. 5 types of mass wasting
    Creep - gradual down slope movement - very slow

    Slump - movement of a choherent mass along a curve - slow to moderate

    Flows - material is in a viscous flowing state, mudflows earth flows & debris flows - rapid movement

    slides - total failure along a determined plain (slipage plain) - rapid to moderate

    falls - material movement through the air
  20. how does human activity effect mass wasting?
    1. creation of new or altered landscapes

    2. alteration of procesess.
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    however rivers are the single biggest factor to errosion!
  22. How do fluvial systems transport sediment? (5)
    • 1. stream competence - ability to transport sediments by size/density
    • 2. Stream capacity - ability to transport volume of sediment

    • 3. suspeneded load - fine sediment in suspension (clays etc)
    • 4. bedload - rolling sliding coarse particle
    • 5. dissolution - disolved sediments
  23. Flooding - talk about that shit
    • * most frequent of all natural disaters
    • *when Q/driving force/shearstress exceeds channel capacity
    • recurence i.e. 100yr flood is not how often but how likelky i.e. a probability
    • *100yr flood = 1% chance, 2year flood = 50%

    • *it is encouraged by human activity
    • paved surface= less ground saturation=more run off
    • bridges restrict river flow
    • changing the base level and slope of profiles
  24. ground water - what the fuck is it?
    • water in pore spaces in the ground
    • percalation zone = water travels throuhgh
    • saturation zone = all pores are 'full'

    the line between the two is the water table - it generally follows the topography.

    recycletime= residencetime/rate of exchange  (~280 yrs)
  25. how can one date ground water?
    by H isotopes in the water

    • H1 most common
    • H3 or trintium is radioactive
  26. porosity vs permiabliity
    • porosity = % volume of por space in sediment
    • common soil is 30-50%

    permiability= ability of water to move through substrate determined by pore size (not pore %)
  27. aquitards vs aquifers
    aquifers = permiable regions transmit water freely (san, gravel)

    aquitards = impermiable layers that hinder prevent mobility (clay)
  28. what is a cone of depression?
    excessive use of ground water lowers the localized water table and can leave neighbooring wells dry.
  29. ground subsidence/problems
    ireversible loss of aquifers

    reduced structure of soils (leaning tower piza) 

    contamination , leaching through permiable layers into ground water
  30. glaciers hold________ percentage of water & __________percentage of fresh water
    they hold about 3% of total water and 95%of fresh water
  31. formation of glacial ice (4 steps)
    • snowflake--->granular snow-------->firm---------->glacial ice
    •             lose struc.                packing         formation
  32. how do glaceicers move? (3 items)
    they flow under their own weight in an almost plastic like way

    creep - rotating grains underneath act as rollers

    basal slip - water lubricant underneath

    points on the outside have more drag the in the middle so the middle moves downslope faster
  33. two types of glaciers
    1. valley glaciecer - like frozen rivers

    2. ice sheets - huge regardless of topography
  34. what is till?
    the result of glacial errosion and transportation. a poorly sorted mixture of shit
  35. land forms rivers vs glacial
    • river
    • rounded peaks, overlaping spurs, V shapped valleys

    • glacial
    • horns(sharp peaks) cirques, morains

    • after glaciation
    • horns, truncated spurs, hanging valleys, U shapped valleys
  36. types of moraines (4)
    • lateral - along sides
    • medial - down the middle -when two ice flows come together 
    • terminal - marks the furthest advance
    • recesional- built as the glacier receeds.
  37. Ice ages requirements
    caused by malakovitch cycles

    • 1. earths orbit is eccentric (sometimes closer or further from sun)
    • 2.obliquity or axis tilt ( which parts of earth face the sun at what angle)
    • 3.percision or the wooble on the obliquity

    • cool planet - thus eccentric orbit
    • percipitation - high seasonability due to high obliguity
  38. how are clastic sedimentary rocks formed (4 steps)
    • 1.weathering and eroision creates detritus
    • 2. detritus transported to basin
    • 3. deposition of detritus in basin
    • 4. lithifacation
  39. what are terrigenous sediments and turbidity currents?
    terrigenous sediments are sediments eroded on land and transported to sea by rivers, 

    turbidity current is like an underwater river, water more dense from above sediments moves downward

    these two factors create the continetal shelf
  40. how does compaction cementation work?
    as a pile of sediments grows, pressure forces water out of and compacts the pore space, minerals percipitate out of the water and creates cements

    comon cements are carbonates, clays, silica
  41. what is an attol? how formed?
    a reef island in the middle of the ocean

    a reef grows alongside a hotspot volcano, as the plate moves the volcano cools and supsides, reef continues to grow upward
  42. deep sea chemical sediments (2)
    • created from > 30% biogenic material
    • calcareous ouze - Ca rich
    • silicieous ouze SiOrich
  43. depesiotional history of shorelines
    • transgression - sea moves onto land
    • regression - the opposite

    sediments and deposition occur in different locations (finer sediment further from shore line) therefore we can see a 'barcode' of the changing sea level by overlying layers of sand and clay
  44. from oldest to youngest eons (3)
    a-pro-phan = archean , proterozoic, phanerozoic

    • archean = 3800-2500 mya
    • proterozoic = 2500-570mya
    • phanerozoic = 570mya - pres
  45. earth’s oldest minerals
    Zircon grains from metamorphosed sediments U-Pb radiometric ages 4.4 billion years old
  46. Archean
    • Age of Solar System 4.567 Ga
    • • Oldest detrital zircons ~ 4.4 Ga Western Australia: implication of oceans
    • • Oldest Rocks 4 Ga, Acasta Gneisses, NWT Canada
    • • Oldest Supracrustal volcanics and seds 3.8 Ga, Isua, Greenland
    • • Oldest well preserved terrane, fossils 3.5 Ga, W. Australia
  47. proof of early water on earth?
    pillow lavals from the archean period.
  48. proof of rising oxygen in atmosphere
    BIF formations, the oxidation of Fe+2 to Fe+3

    also cyanobacteria (use Co2 and produce O2)
  49. what is glacial diamicite?
    a sedimentary deposit when stones drop from ice flows into underlying mud (ice flow over deep water) 

    key element 'drop stones'

    they are found near the equator proving the ice at equator snowball earth.
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