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  • 1.  
  • 2. - 75% of the rocks exposed at the surface are sedimentary rocks.
  • 3. - sediments are loose materials such as rock fragments, mineral grains, and bits of plant and animal remains that are moved by wind, water, ice, or gravity.
  • 4. - sedimentary rock forms when sediments are pressed and cemented together, or when minerals form from solutions.
  • 5.  
  • 6. - sedimentary rocks often form in layers
  • 7. - older rocks are usually found at the bottom layers, however, sometimes forces within Earth overturn layers of rock, and the oldest are no longer at the bottom.
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  • 9. - sedimentary rocks are usually classified as detrital, chemical or organic.
    • detrital = clastic
    • chemical and organic = nonclastic
    • * you need to know all of these terms!!!
  • 10. - Detrital sedimentary rocks: made from broken fragments of other rocks
  • 11. 1. when rock is exposed to air, water, or ice, it is unstable and breaks down. This process, which breaks rocks into smaller pieces, is called weathering.
  • 12. 2. when layers of small sediments stick together because of pressure, compaction occurs.
  • 13. 3. when water and other minerals (such as quartz, calcite and hematite, which act as naturally glues) move through open spaces between larger sediments, gluing them together, cementation occurs.
  • 14. 4. Detrital rocks have granular textures, much like granulated sugar. They are named according to the shapes and sizes of the sediments that form them. Breccia: angular Conglomerate: rounded
  • 15.
    • Big Sediments Conglomerate (round pebbles)
      • boulders
      • pebble
      • gravel
      • sand sandstone (feels sandy, has pores)
      • silt shale (feels smooth, pressure from layers)
      • clay
      • Small Sediments
  • 16. Chemical sedimentary rocks: form when dissolved minerals come out of solution.
    • - chemical sedimentary rocks are different: they are not made from pieces of preexisting rock.
  • 17. - limestone: when calcium carbonate comes out of solution in the form of calcite
  • 18. - limestone is usually deposited on the bottom of lakes or shallow seas.
  • 19. - large areas of the central U.S. have limestone bedrock because seas covered much of the country for millions of years.
  • 20. - The mineral halite forms rock salt when water that is rich in dissolved salt evaporates.
  • 21. Michigan Basin
  • 22. - companies mine deposits of rock salt as an important resource.
  • 23. - Organic Sedimentary Rocks: made from remains of once-living plants or animals.
  • 24. - fossil-rich limestone: similar to chemical limestone (both made of calcite) however, fossil-rich limestone mostly contains remains of once-living ocean organisms instead of only calcite.
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  • 26. - chalk is made of microscopic shells.
  • 27. - coal is made of plant remains, chemically changed by microorganisms compacted over millions of years.
  • 28. - The rock cycle is a continuous and dynamic process.