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1 Sedimentary Rocks

2 What is a sedimentary rock? Sedimentary rocks are products of mechanical and chemical weathering They account for only 5% of the top 10 miles of the outer crust, yet most of the earth’s surface is covered by them They contain evidence of past environ- ments Provide information about sediment transport Often contain fossils

3 Sedimentary rocks are important for economic considerations because they may contain Coal Petroleum and natural gas Sources of iron, aluminum, and manganese

4 Turning sediment into rock Many changes occur to sediment after it is deposited Diagenesis – all of the chemical, physical, and biological changes that take place after sediments are deposited Occurs within the upper few kilometers of Earth’s crust

5 » Recrystallization – development of more stable minerals from less stable ones » Lithification – unconsolidated sediments are transformed into solid sedimentary rock by -Compaction -Cementation by calcite, silica, and iron oxide Diagenesis

6 Types of sedimentary rocks Sediment originates from mechanical and/or chemical weathering Rock types are based on the source of the material Detrital rocks – transported sediment as solid particles Chemical rocks – sediment that was once in solution

7 Detrital (clastic)sedimentary rocks The chief constituents of detrital rocks include Clay minerals Quartz Feldspars Micas Particle size is used to distinguish among the various types of detrital rocks

8 Particle sizes for detrital rocks Table 6.1

9 Common detrital sedimentary rocks (in order of increasing particle size) Shale – Mud-sized particles in thin layers that are commonly referred to as laminea – Most common sedimentary rock

10 Sandstone – Composed of sand-sized particles – Forms in a variety of environments – Sorting, shape, and composition of the grains can be used to interpret the rock’s history – Quartz is the predominant mineral

11 Conglomerate and breccia – Both are composed of particles greater than 2mm in diameter – Conglomerate consists largely of rounded gravels – Breccia is composed mainly of large angular particles

12 Figure 6.6

13 Chemical sedimentary rocks Consist of precipitated material that was once in solution Precipitation of material occurs in two ways Inorganic processes Organic processes (biochemical origin)

14 Limestone – Most abundant chemical rock – Composed chiefly of the mineral calcite – Biochemical limestones form as coral reefs, coquina (broken shells), and chalk (microscopic organisms) – Inorganic limestones include travertine and oolitic limestone Common chemical sedimentary rocks

15 Coquina Figure 6.11

16 Fossiliferous limestone Copyright © 2006 Pearson Prentice Hall, Inc.

17 Figure 6.10

18 Figure 6.13

19 Figure 6.14

20 Chemical sedimentary rocks Common chemical sedimentary rocks Dolostone – Typically formed secondarily from limestone Chert – Made of microcrystalline quartz – Varieties include flint and jasper (banded form is called agate)


22 Evaporites – Evaporation triggers deposition of chemical precipitates – Examples » rock salt » rock gypsum

23 Rock salt Figure 6.19

24 White Sands, NM

25 Coal » Different from other rocks because it is composed of organic material » Stages in coal formation (in order) 1. Plant material 2. Peat 3. Lignite 4. Bituminous(Soft coal) 5. Anthracite (Hard coal) -metamorphic

26 Figure 6.17

27 Classification of Sedimentary rocks

28 Sedimentary environments A geographic setting where sediment is accumulating - deposition Determines the nature of the sediments that accumulate (grain size, grain shape, etc.)

29 Sedimentary environments Types of sedimentary environments Continental – Dominated by erosion and deposition associated with streams – Glacial – Wind (eolian) Marine – Shallow (to about 200 meters) – Deep (seaward of continental shelves) Transitional (shoreline) – Tidal flats – Lagoons – Deltas

30 Sedimentary structures Provide information useful in the interpretation of Earth’s history Types of sedimentary structures Strata, or beds (most characteristic of sedimentary rocks) Bedding planes that separate strata Cross-bedding Graded beds Ripple marks Mud cracks

31 Figure 6.21

32 Figure 6.22A



35 And they contain fossils !

36 They contain many nonmetallic mineral resources Use of the word “mineral” is very broad Two common groups Building materials – Natural aggregate (crushed stone, sand, and gravel) – Gypsum (plaster and wallboard) – Clay (tile, bricks, and cement) Industrial minerals – Corundum – Garnet

37 Uses of nonmetallic minerals

38 Energy resources from sedimentary rocks Coal Formed mostly from plant material Along with oil and natural gas, coal is commonly called a fossil fuel The major fuel used in power plants to generate electricity Potential environmental problems from mining and air pollution

39 Coal fields of the United States Figure 6.27

40 Oil and natural gas Derived from the remains of marine plants and animals Both are composed of various hydro-carbon compounds and found in similar environments Oil trap – geologic environment that allows significant amounts of oil and gas to accumulate Two basic conditions for an oil trap – Porous, permeable reservoir rock – Impermeable cap rock, such as shale Cap rock keeps the mobile oil and gas from escaping at the surface

41 Consumption of energy in the United States, 2001 Figure 6.26

42 A Worldwide Look at Energy The US, 5 % of the world population, consumes 25% of the world's energy. The most significant growth of energy consumption is currently taking place in China which has been growing at 5.5% per year over the last 25 years. Its population is 1.3 billion people – (20% of the world population).

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