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Introduction to GeologyGEO-101-004Class 6: Igneous Rocks

From http://volcano.und.nodak.edu


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Last Question of the Day

Name one mineral that you have seen and/or used in the last two hours

Graphite, muscovite, barium, gypsum, etc


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Question of the Day

What is the major reason for some igneous rocks being coarse grained, and some being fine grained?


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Titan

Earth-like processes on Titan

This image from Huygens shows detail of a high ridge area including the flow down into a major river channel from different sources – evidence of fluvial activity

From http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimedia/pia07236.html


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And on Mars…..

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has found a pitted, basketball-size meteorite made of iron and nickel. This is the first ever meteorite seen on the surface of the planet

Metal-rich meteorites are rare (making up only 2% of meteorites on Earth). Such meteorites must come from a destroyed planet that was big enough to differentiate into a metallic core and a rocky mantle


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General characteristics of magma

  • Igneous rocks form as molten rock cools and solidifies

  • General characteristics of magma

    • Parent material of igneous rocks

    • Forms from partial melting of rocks

    • Magma at surface is called lava


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General characteristics of magma

  • General characteristic of magma

    • Rocks formed from lava = extrusive, or volcanic rocks

    • Rocks formed from magma at depth = intrusive, or plutonic rocks


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Which of the following describes best the difference between magma and lava?

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  • Upon eruption, magma becomes “lava,” the form of the magma that flows out of the volcano

  • When magma gets to the top of the volcano it releases gas found within the magma, and the lava that escapes the volcano has therefore lost those gases.

  • Lava is the name given to the ejected magma from a passive (fluid) volcano, but it is still called “magma” if it is erupted explosively, like at Mt. St. Helens.

  • If the magma has no crystals or gases within it, it is called “lava.”

  • Both 1 and 3

  • Both 3 and 4

  • All of these.


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General characteristics magma and lava? of magma

  • The nature of magma

    • Consists of three components:

      • Liquid portion = melt

        • Mobile ions, Si, O (readily combine to SiO2), Al, K, Ca, Na, Fe, Mg

      • Solids, if any, are silicate minerals

      • Volatiles = dissolved gases in the melt, including water vapor (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), and sulfur dioxide (SO2)

        • Remain in magma until it moves nearer the surface, or it crystallizes


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General characteristics magma and lava? of magma

  • Crystallization of magma

    • As a rock melts the ions begin to vibrate more rapidly, colliding with their neighbors

    • The rock expands

    • When the melt is hot enough the bonds break, and the rock becomes a liquid

    • A liquid is composed of unordered ions moving randomly


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General characteristics magma and lava? of magma

  • Crystallization of magma

    • Cooling of magma results in the systematic arrangement of ions into orderly patterns – the silicates (tetrahedra)

    • The silicate minerals resulting from crystallization form in a predictable order – ions lose their mobility and join a crystal network

    • Earliest formed minerals have better developed crystal faces – room to grow

    • Later formed minerals fill the remaining space

    • When all the melt has cooled = igneous rock


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Igneous textures magma and lava?

  • Texture is used to describe the overall appearance of a rock based on the size, shape, and arrangement of interlocking minerals

  • Factors affecting crystal size

    • Rate of cooling

      • Slow rate = fewer but larger crystals

      • Fast rate = many small crystals

      • Very fast rate forms glass


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What is the most important factor for whether magma cools slowly or quickly?

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  • Pressure of the environment – higher P = slower magma cooling.

  • The presence or absence of volatiles (gases) – less gases = slower magma cooling.

  • Temperature of the environment – lower T = slower magma cooling.

  • The presence or absence of volatiles (gases) – more gases = slower magma cooling.

  • Temperature of the environment – higher T = slower magma cooling.

  • Pressure of the environment – lower P = slower magma cooling.


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Igneous textures slowly or quickly?

  • Types of igneous textures

    • Aphanitic (fine-grained) texture

      • Rapid rate of cooling

      • Crystal can only be seen under magnification

      • May contain vesicles (holes formed by gas bubbles) – vesicular texture


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Igneous textures slowly or quickly?

  • Types of igneous textures

    • Phaneritic (coarse-grained) texture

      • Slow cooling

      • Large, visible intergrown crystals

      • Form deep in the Earth so are only exposed at the Earth’s surface after uplift and/or erosion


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Igneous textures slowly or quickly?

  • Types of igneous textures

    • Porphyritic texture

      • Minerals form at different temperatures – some crystals can become quite large before others start to form

      • If environment changes (e.g. eruption) the remaining melt may cool rapidly

      • Large crystals (phenocrysts) are embedded in a matrix of smaller crystals (groundmass)


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Igneous textures slowly or quickly?

  • Types of igneous textures

    • Glassy texture

      • Very rapid cooling of lava

      • Resulting rock is called obsidian – no crystalline structure

      • Chain structure of high silicate content minerals can impede ionic transport and thus restrict crystal growth

      • Granitic magmas (higher silicon content) more commonly form obsidian than basaltic

      • Basaltic magmas form glassy texture when cooled rapidly


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Igneous textures slowly or quickly?

  • Types of igneous textures

    • Pyroclastic texture

      • Fragmental appearance produced by violent volcanic eruptions

      • Welded tuff

      • Fragments solidified during flight, forming a rock on landing – will not have interlocking crystals

      • Often appear more similar to sedimentary rock

http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/


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Lava flows are typically finer grained than intrusive igneous rocks. Why?

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  • Intrusive magma is cooler because it is well insulated by the surrounding rock.

  • Intrusive magma flows onto the Earth's surface and cools very slowly, allowing many small mineral grains to grow.

  • The extrusive magma cools quickly so the mineral grains do not have time to grow.

  • The extrusive magma, because it is deep below the surface, cools very slowly producing very small mineral grains.


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Igneous textures igneous rocks. Why?

  • Types of igneous textures

    • Pegmatitic texture

      • Exceptionally coarse grained

      • Form in late stages of crystallization of granitic magmas

      • Volatiles such as chlorine, water, fluorine, and sulfur enhance ionic transport and aid in crystal growth

      • Great environment for rare minerals to form – beryl, topaz


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Igneous compositions igneous rocks. Why?

  • Igneous rocks are composed primarily of silicate minerals

    • Dark (or ferromagnesian) silicates

      • Olivine, pyroxene, amphibole, and biotite mica

      • Rich in iron, magnesium and comparatively low in silicon

    • Light (or nonferromagnesian) silicates

      • Quartz, muscovite mica, and feldspars

      • Greater amounts of potassium, sodium, and calcium rather than iron and magnesium


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Igneous compositions igneous rocks. Why?

  • Graniticversus basaltic compositions

    • Granitic composition

      • Light-colored silicates

      • Termed felsic (feldspar and silica) in composition

      • High amounts of silica (SiO2) – about 70%

      • May contain 10% dark silicate minerals (mica, amphibole)

      • Major constituent of continental crust


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Igneous compositions igneous rocks. Why?

  • Graniticversus basaltic compositions

    • Basaltic composition

      • Dark silicates and calcium-rich feldspar

      • Termed mafic (magnesium and ferrum, for iron) in composition

      • Higher density and darker than granitic rocks

      • Comprise the ocean floor and many volcanic islands


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Igneous compositions igneous rocks. Why?

  • Other compositional groups

    • Intermediate (or andesitic) composition

      • Composition between granitic and basaltic rocks

      • Contain 25% or more dark silicate minerals (amphibole, pyroxene, biotite mica, plagioclase feldspar

      • Associated with explosive volcanic activity on continent margins

    • Ultramafic composition

      • Rare composition that is high in magnesium and iron

      • Composed entirely of ferromagnesian silicate

      • Peridotite is believed to be the main constituent of the upper mantle


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Figure 4.7 igneous rocks. Why?


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Igneous compositions igneous rocks. Why?

  • Naming igneous rocks – granitic rocks

    • Granite

      • Phaneritic

      • Over 25% quartz (clear to light gray), about 65% or more feldspar (not as glassy, white to gray or salmon pink)

      • Minor muscovite mica and amphibole

      • Very abundant - often associated with mountain building

      • The term granite includes a wide range of mineral compositions

      • May have porphyritic texture (large feldpar crystals)


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Igneous compositions igneous rocks. Why?

  • Naming igneous rocks – granitic rocks

    • Rhyolite

      • Extrusive equivalent of granite

      • May contain glass fragments and vesicles

      • Aphanitic texture

      • May contain phenocrysts of quartz or potassium feldspar

      • Less common and less voluminous than granite


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Igneous compositions igneous rocks. Why?

  • Naming igneous rocks – granitic rocks

    • Obsidian

      • Dark colored

      • Glassy texture

      • Unordered ions – no crystal structure

      • Native Americans used it to make arrowheads and cutting tools

    • Pumice

      • Volcanic

      • Glassy texture

      • Large amounts of gas escaping create a frothy appearance with numerous voids

      • Sometimes will float on water (dangerous for shipping)


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Igneous compositions igneous rocks. Why?

  • Naming igneous rocks – intermediate rocks

    • Andesite

      • Volcanic origin (Andes, Pacific rim)

      • Porphyritic texture (phenocrysts of plagioclase feldspar, amphibole).

      • Minor quartz (compared to ~25% for rhyolite)

      • May look similar to rhyolite (distinguish using a microscope)

    • Diorite

      • Plutonic equivalent of andesite

      • Coarse grained

      • Absence of visible quartz (distinguishes it from granite)


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Igneous compositions igneous rocks. Why?

  • Naming igneous rocks – basaltic rocks

    • Basalt

      • Volcanic origin

      • Aphanitic texture or porphyritic (with phenocrysts of feldspar or olivine)

      • Composed mainly of pyroxene and calcium-rich plagioclase feldspar, lesser amounts of olivine and amphibole

      • Most common extrusive igneous rock

      • Upper layers of oceanic crust, many volcanic islands


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Igneous compositions igneous rocks. Why?

  • Naming igneous rocks – mafic rocks

    • Gabbro

      • Intrusive equivalent of basalt

      • Phaneritic texture consisting of pyroxene and calcium-rich plagioclase

      • Significant % of the oceanic crust

      • Formed underground reservoirs that fed basaltic lava flows


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Igneous compositions igneous rocks. Why?

  • Naming igneous rocks – pyroclastic rocks

    • Composed of fragments ejected during a volcanic eruption

    • Varieties

      • Tuff = ash-sized fragments

      • Volcanic breccia = particles larger than ash

    • Flows speeds approaching 100 km/h


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Which of the following rocks is likely to have the most quartz within it and why?

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  • Granite; intrusive rock that formed from cooling of relatively high silica magma.

  • Rhyolite; extrusive rock that formed from cooling of relatively low silica magma.

  • Diorite; intrusive rock that formed from the cooling of relatively intermediate silica magma.

  • Granite; intrusive rock that formed from cooling of relatively intermediate silica magma.

  • Basalt; extrusive rock that formed from cooling of relatively low silica lava.

  • Basalt; extrusive rock that formed from cooling of relatively high silica lava.


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Origin of magma quartz within it and why?

  • Generating magma from solid rock

    • Earth’s crust and mantle are composed primarily of solid rock – why does rock melt?

    • Role of heat

      • Temperature increases in the upper crust (geothermal gradient) average between 20oC to 30oC per kilometer (1200-1400oC at 100 km)

      • Rocks in the lower crust and upper mantle are near their melting points

      • Any additional heat may induce melting (friction)

      • Hot mantle rocks can rise and intrude crustal rocks


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Origin of magma quartz within it and why?

  • Role of pressure

    • Increases in confining pressure cause an increase in a rock’s melting temperature

    • When confining pressure drops, decompression melting occurs


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Origin of magma quartz within it and why?

  • Role of volatiles

    • Volatiles (primarily water) cause rocks to melt at lower temperatures

    • Important factor where oceanic lithosphere descends into the mantle

      • Heat and pressure drive water from subducting rocks

      • Lowers melting temperature of mantle rocks


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Evolution of magmas quartz within it and why?

  • A single volcano may extrude lavas exhibiting very different compositions


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Evolution of magmas quartz within it and why?

  • Bowen’s reaction series

    • Minerals crystallize in a systematic fashion based on their melting points


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Evolution of magmas quartz within it and why?

  • Bowen’s reaction series

    • During crystallization, the composition of the liquid portion of the magma continually changes

      • When about one third of the magma has crystallized the melt will be nearly depleted in Fe, Mg, and Ca (constituents of first formed minerals)

      • Remaining portion of magma is richer in silica

      • If the solid portion of the magma is removed, the melt will crystallize to for a more felsic rock


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Evolution of magmas quartz within it and why?

  • Bowen’s reaction series

    • If the solid portion of the magma remains in contact with the melt, the mineral will chemically react and evolve into the next mineral in the sequence

    • This arrangement of minerals is known as Bowen’s reaction series


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Evolution of magmas quartz within it and why?

  • Processes responsible for changing a magma’s composition

    • Magmatic differentiation

      • Separation of a melt from earlier formed crystals

        • Crystal settling – early formed dense minerals sink to the bottom of a magma chamber

        • Remaining melt will form a rock with a different composition to the parent magma


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Evolution of magmas quartz within it and why?

  • Processes responsible for changing a magma’s composition

    • Assimilation

      • Changing a magma’s composition by the incorporation of surrounding rock bodies into a magma

    • Magma mixing

      • One magma body intrudes another


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Evolution of magmas quartz within it and why?

  • Partial melting and magma formation

    • Incomplete melting of rocks is known as partial melting

    • Low temperature minerals melt first (quartz)

    • Formation of basaltic magmas

      • Most originate from partial melting of ultramafic rock in the mantle at oceanic ridges

      • Large outpourings of basaltic magma are common at Earth’s surface


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Evolution of magmas quartz within it and why?

  • Partial melting and magma formation

    • Formation of andesitic magmas

      • Produced by interaction of basaltic magmas and more silica-rich rocks in the crust

      • May also evolve by magmatic differentiation

      • Granite may be the end product of the crystallization of an andesitic magma or partial melting of silica rich continental rocks

      • Granitic magmas usually lose their mobility before reaching the surface and tend to form large plutonic structures

      • If they reach the surface they form large explosive eruptions (Mount St. Helens)


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