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INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE
ESCI 121
Fall 2010
Section 0
6

DAILY OBJECTIVES
By the end of today's class, you should be able to do the following:

SEDIMENTARY ROCKS

w List and describe the steps involved in forming a sedimentary rock from a pre-existing rock.

w Explain the terms weathering, erosion, transport, deposition, compaction, cementation, and lithification as they apply to the formation of sedimentary rocks.

w Differentiate between chemical sediments and clastic (detrital) sediments.

w List three kinds of clastic (detrital) sediments, and four kinds of chemical sediments.

w List and describe examples of mechanical weathering and chemical weathering, and describe the products of each.

w List the major processes by which sediments are transported.

w Explain why sedimentary rocks often exhibit layering, and why they may contain fossils.

w Describe the two most important processes by which lithification occurs.

w Using a mineral identification key, demonstrate that you can recognize and describe the mineral properties of hand samples of calcite, dolomite, gypsum, halite, and quartz.

w Using a rock key, demonstrate that you can recognize, explain the formation of, and describe the characteristics of hand samples of shale, sandstone, conglomerate, limestone, dolostone (rock dolomite), gypsum (rock gypsum), and rock salt
 
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