Department of Earth Science |Northeastern Illinois University

ESCI 121
Fall 2006

Daily Objectives #6  (September 14, 2006)                                                                        Dr. Sanders

Reminder:  Exam #1 is scheduled for September 19!

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

*  REVIEW: List the three major groups of rocks and briefly explain how each type forms.

*  REVIEW: List some characteristics of rocks that might help you determine whether a rock is igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic.

*  REVIEW: For each of the three major groups of rocks, give examples of  plate tectonic settings in which one might find that type of rock forming.

*  Complete the sentence, "Most rocks are made of _________."

*  Explain what a mineral is, listing the characteristics that all minerals share. 

*  Use simple laboratory tools (copper penny, hand lens, scratch plate, streak plate, dissecting needle) to investigate the properties of minerals.

* Given several samples of different minerals, classify them based on their properties.

*  Describe what is meant by the following terms used to describe mineral properties

           q hardness         q luster         q streak         q specific gravity (similar to density)    
      q cleavage         q color       q solubility       q odor

* Explain how to evaluate the mineral properties listed above for a given mineral sample. 

* Using a mineral identification key, determine the name of a given mineral sample based on its properties.  (For fun, visit the online mineral identification key provided by the Mineralogical Society of America!)

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