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The rock record

The Rock Record

read pages 596-609

restate & answer Topic Questions 1-14

Chapter 32 Earth Science Book


Telling time

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Telling Time

  • James Hutton (1726-1797).

    Proposed that most geologic

    processes happen very slowly.

    • Relative Time - Position in that sequence; older or younger than nearby layers

    • Absolute Time - Numerical Age can be determined through analysis of the products of radioactive decay


The rock record

Layered rocks contain clues about past environments at/near surface.

Sequence and relative ages provide basis for reconstructing Earth’s history.

The study of strata is called stratigraphy.

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Stratigraphy


The rock record

The basis of rock stratigraphy is the formation.

- a collection of similar strata that are sufficiently different from adjacent groups

- basis of physical properties they constitute a distinctive, recognizable unit that can be used for geologic mapping over a wide area.

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Stratographic Classification


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19th century –

geologists assembled a geologic column

composite column containing, in chronological order, the succession of known strata, fitted together

based of fossils or other evidence of relative age.

This is the geologic time scale.

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Geologic Column & Geologic Timescale


Relative time

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Relative Time

*Law of Superposition

*Law of Cross-cutting Relationships

Relative ages: younger or older

*Law of Included Fragments

*Unconformities


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Law of Superposition


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Law of Superposition:

Grand Canyon Strata

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Law of Superposition: Sediments

Most sediment is laid down in the sea, in shallow waters, or in streams.

Each new layer is laid down

horizontally over older ones

Principle of original horizontality - sediments are deposited in strata that are horizontal or nearly horizontal


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Law of Superposition: Horizontality

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Law of Cross-Cutting Relationships

A fault is a break or crack in Earth’s crust where rocks shift their positions.

Law of cross-cutting relationships = a fault or igneous intrusion is always younger than the rock layers it cuts through


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Law of Cross-Cutting Relationships

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Law of

Cross-Cutting

Relationships


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Law of Cross-Cutting Relationships

  • Based on the law of superposition, what is the oldest layer pictured?

Igneous intrusion

Fault


The rock record

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Law of Cross-Cutting Relationships

  • Based on the law of superposition, what is the oldest layer pictured? A is the oldest, D is youngest

Igneous intrusion

Fault


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Law of Cross-Cutting Relationships

  • Based on the law of superposition, what is the oldest layer pictured? A is the oldest, D is youngest

  • Based on the law of crosscutting relationships, which is older, the fault or the igneous intrusion?

Igneous intrusion

Fault


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Law of Cross-Cutting Relationships

  • Based on the law of superposition, what is the oldest layer pictured? A is the oldest, D is youngest

  • Based on the law of crosscutting relationships, the igneous intrusionis older than the fault?

Igneous intrusion

Fault


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List the labeled formations from youngest to oldest.


The rock record

List the labeled formations from youngest to oldest.

C B A E D


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Law of Included Fragments

Pieces of one rock found in another rock must be older than the rock in which they are found.

“ingredients are older than the rock”

included fragments are older than the rock


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Law of Included Fragments


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Unconformities

Unconformities are breaks in the geologic record that show deposition stopped for a period of time, rock was removed by erosion, and deposition resumed.

Angular unconformity


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Evidence of former seafloors uplifted by tectonic forces and exposed to erosion.

Later tectonic forces depress the surface.

The surface, in turn, becomes a site of deposition of sediment.

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The Significance of Unconformities


Geologic timetable

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Geologic Timetable

5 Eras of Earth’s History

1. Archean: 4.5-2.5 Billion Years Ago

2. Proterozoic: 2.5 BYA-570 MYA

3. Paleozoic: 570-250 MYA

4. Mesozioc: 250-65 MYA

5. Cenozoic: 65 MYA- Today

summary of major events in Earth’s History

*Eras broken into Periods, Periods into Epochs


Chapter 8

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Geologic Time and the Rock Record

Chapter 8

Chapter 8


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The divisions of the geologic time scale.

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Figure 11.10


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Scale of the Geologic Time


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Fossil formation

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*Any evidence of earlier life preserved in rock

Fossil Formation

  • original remains: unchanged organisms

  • replaced remains: become calcite, silica

  • molds, imprints, casts or hollows

  • trace fossils: trails burrows, footprints


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Studying The Past

What is a Fossil?

Definition: The evidence or remains of once-living plants or animals

Why Do We Study Fossils Found in Rocks?

To provide evidence of the past existence of life forms

To provide information about past environmental conditions

To provide evidence that populations have undergone change over time due to environmental changes (evolution)


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Fossil Formation

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Original Preservation

Description: plant or animal remains that have not undergone change since death.

  • Uncommon because frozen, extremely dry, or oxygen-free environments are required to form these fossils

  • Examples:

    • Mummified humans

    • Frozen organisms (Ice Man)

    • Mammoths & cats in La Brea Tar Pits

    • Fossilized insects in tree sap (amber)


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Fossil Formation

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Replaced Hard Parts

Description: all organic material has been removed and the hard parts of the organism have been changed

  • Minerals seep in slowly and replace the original organic tissue, forming a rock-like fossil

  • The fossil has the same shape as the original object, but is chemically more like a rock!

  • Examples:

    • Petrified wood

    • Recrystallized shells


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Fossil Formation

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Molds and Casts

Description: Fossils that do not contain any shell or bone

  • A mold is formed when original shell parts are weathered and eroded, leaving an impression of the shell.

  • This cavity might later become filled with minerals or sediment to create a cast.

  • Examples:

    • Common with shellfish


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Fossil Formation

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E.Trace Fossils

  • Description: Indirect evidence of plant and animal life

    • Provide information about how an organism lived, moved or obtained food

    • Examples:

      • worm trails

      • burrows

      • footprints


How fossils are formed

How Fossils Are Formed


Freezing refrigeration

Freezing (refrigeration)

Best means of preservation of ancient materials.

Rare - continually frozen from death til discovery.

Mammoths and wooly rhinoceros found in ice from Alaska and Siberia.

Specimens with flesh, skin, and hair intact have been found.

suggest that they were flash frozen, with food still in the mouth and stomach.

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Drying desiccation

Drying (desiccation)

Mummified bodies

discovered in arid parts

Soft tissues preserved if completely dried.

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Asphalt

Asphalt

La Brea Tar Pits - 100 pits filled with sticky asphalt or tar.

formed by crude oil seeping through fissures in the earth.

lighter elements evaporated leaving thick sticky asphalt.

pits are famous for Pleistocene fossils

The fossils date between 10 and 40 thousand years old.

Asphalt is an excellent preservative.

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Amber unaltered preservation

Amber (Unaltered preservation)

Insects, spiders, and even small lizards have been found, nearly perfectly preserved in amber.

Over millions of years, sap with our fly inside is polymerized and hardened into amber.

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Permineralization petrification

Permineralization (Petrification)

most common

Minerals fill the cellular spaces and crystallize.

Shape of the original plant or animal is preserved as rock. Sometimes the original material is dissolved away leaving the form and structure but none of the organic material remains.


Carbonization

Carbonization

Plant leaves, and some soft body parts of fish, reptiles, and marine invertebrates decompose leaving behind only the carbon.

This carbon creates an impression in the rock outlining the fossil, sometimes with great detail.

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Casts molds

Casts & Molds

molds and casts of organisms which have dissolved or rotted away, leaving only a trace of their existence.

Casts and molds are types of fossils where the physical characteristics of organisms have been impressed onto rocks. 

buried or trapped in mud, clay, or other materials which hardened around them - leaving molds of the organism.

There are two types of molds:  external and internal. 

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Fossils evidence for evolution

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The process of gradual change that produces new life forms over geologic time.

Fossils: Evidence for Evolution

Natural Selection: survival of the fittest.


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Fossils: Evidence for Evolution

Relative-Age Dating:

  • Definition: Dating rocks and fossils by placing them in chronological order without exact dates.

  • Geologic Principles (used in this dating process):

    • Original Horizontality

      • Sedimentary rocks are deposited in horizontal layers

    • The Law of Superposition

      • in an undisturbed sequence the oldest rocks are at the bottom and each successive layer is younger

    • Principle of Cross-Cutting Relationships:

      • an intrusion or a fault is younger than the rock it cuts across


Index fossils key beds

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Description: Remains of unique species that can be used to correlate rock layers or to date a particular rock layer

  • Must be easily recognized, abundant, and widely distributed geographically

  • Must have lived during a relatively short time period

  • Examples:

    • The mollusk Ecphora has a distinctive shape

Index Fossils & Key Beds


Rock correlation

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matching of rock layers from one area to another

Rock Correlation


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Rock Correlation


Other uses of fossils

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*fossils indicate past climate

Other Uses of Fossils

*micro fossils used in oil exploration


Absolute time tree rings

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Absolute-Age Dating:

Definition: Dating rocks and fossils by using techniques to determine their actual age. (actual numbered dates)

Methods:

Tree Rings and Seasonal Climatic Changes

  • Each tree ring represents 1 year of growth

  • Good growth years are thicker

  • Although accurate, this method

    can be used to date very far

    back in time.

Absolute Time: Tree Rings


Absolute time varves

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Varves are annual layers found in some sedimentary rocks that can be counted like tree rings.

Absolute Time: Varves

Winter: dark fine sediment

Summer: Thick light colored layers


Absolute time radioactivity

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Atoms of the same element have different numbers of neutrons (isotopes)

Absolute Time: Radioactivity


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1. Alpha decay: emission from the nucleus of a heavy atomic particle consisting of two neutrons and two protons called an α (alpha) particle.

2. Beta decay: emission of an electron from the nucleus.

3. Gamma ray emission: emission of γ rays (gamma rays), which are very short-wavelength, high-energy electromagnetic rays.

Gamma rays have no mass, so gamma ray emission does not affect either the atomic number or the mass number of an isotope.

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Kinds of Radioactive Decay


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Figure 11.12


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Figure 11.14


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A few isotopes, such as 14C, are radioactive.

instability within the nucleus.

transform spontaneously to a nucleus of a more stable isotope of a different chemical element.

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Radioactive Decay

  • The process is called radioactive decay.


Absolute time half life

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The time it takes for half of a radioactive element to decay to a stable end product

Absolute Time: Half-Life


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Half-Life

After a 2nd

half-life has

passed half of

the remaining atoms

have also changed

After 1

half-life has

passed, half

the atoms

have changed

or emitted

energy.


The rock record

Suppose a rock sample has 1/64th of the expected amount of radioactive material.

1  1/2  1/4  1/8  1/16  1/32  1/64

This means that the sample has been through 6 half-lives.

If each half-life is 100,000 years then the rock layer is 600,000 years old

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Absolute Time: Half-Life


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Absolute Time: Half-Life


Absolute time radiocarbon dating

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  • 14C is useful for dating young samples.

  • Half-life of 14C is short - 5730 yrs

  • 14C continuously created in the atmosphere through bombardment of 14C by neutrons created by cosmic radiation.

Absolute Time: Radiocarbon Dating


Other radiometric methods

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  • Radioactivity in a mineral is like a clock.

  • The length of time this clock has been ticking is the mineral’s radiometric age.

  • Many natural radioactive isotopes can be used for radiometric dating, but six predominate in geologic studies:

    • Two radioactive isotopes of uranium plus radioactive isotopes of thorium, potassium, rubidium and carbon are used.

    • In practice, an isotope can be used for dating samples that are no older than about six half-lives of the isotope.

Other Radiometric Methods


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“Moon dust” brought back by astronauts, is 4.55 billion years old.

The Earth was formed approximately 4.55 billion years ago.

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Age of the Earth


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The Rock Record

read pages 596-609

restate & answer Topic Questions 1-14

Chapter 32 Earth Science Book


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