Department of Earth Science |Northeastern Illinois University

ESCI 121
Spring 2006

Daily Objectives #7 
(February 2, 2006)                                                                        Dr. Sanders

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

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

*  Explain what weathering is. 

*  Explain the difference between mechanical and chemical weathering, and list several examples of processes that lead to mechanical weathering.

*  Tell what the products of weathering are.

*  Describe the two major types of sedimentary rocks.

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

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

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

                    hardness         luster         streak         specific gravity         cleavage         color

*  Use a mineral identification key to identify hand samples of minerals.

*  Use simple laboratory tools to investigate the characteristics of sedimentary rocks.

*  Use a rock key to identify several hand samples of sedimentary rocks.


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