Department of Earth Science |Northeastern Illinois University

ESCI 121
Spring 2007

Daily Objectives #6
(January 29, 2006)                                                                        Dr. Sanders

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

Plate Tectonics and Rocks

*  List the three major classes of rocks, and explain how they form.

*  For each of the three major classes of rocks, tell in what plate tectonic setting they are most likely to form.


* Explore the sedimentary rock-forming minerals.  Examine the mineral samples in the following groups.   Explore and describe the properties of each mineral, and determine what each group has in common.  Finally, assign a name to each mineral using a mineral key.

                First Group:                                 #   7, 17, 19, 20, 40, 43
                Second Group:                           #   2, 18, 30, 46
                Third Group (if you have time): # 14, 33, 34, 44

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