Week 2, 9/06-9/11:

Reading Assignment:  Chapter 2
The Origins of Earth Resources


Unit (Chapter) Plan:
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Contents (course topics):
Plate Tectonics

Subsurface Igneous and Metamorphic Processes: Formation of Granites and Other Relatively Silica-Rich Rocks || Fluid Inclusions || Formation of Basalts and Other Relatively Silica-Poor Rocks || Regional Metamorphism
Contact Metamorphism

Surface Processes: Weathering and Erosion || Placer Deposits: Panning Gold and Mining Gravel || Evaporation
Shallow Subsurface and Diagenetic Processes
Marine Processes

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Activities (things you must do):
Read Chapter two of your textbook
Review the story of plate tectonics
For a more simplistic model visit this site <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/tryit/tectonics>
Enhance you understanding of Fluid Inclusions, visit this site: <http://www.fittulsa.com>
Click here <http://www.gi.alaska.edu/ScienceForum/ASF6/658.html> read about placer deposits in Alaska
Visit this site   <http://www.webmail.fiu.edu/agent/mobmain?mobmain=1> to learn more about  Hydrothermal vents and "black smokers"
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Abilities Acquired (what you learned):

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:
1.- Briefly describe the internal structure of the Earth
2.- Identify the types of resources associated with acidic (or granitic) igneous rocks
3.- Briefly describe the origins of the fossil fuels.
4.- Identify the types of resources associated with basic (or basaltic) igneous rocks.
5.- Explain the genesis of resources by weathering and erosion.
6.- Explain the genesis of resources by the evaporation of sea water and/or fresh water.
7.- Discuss fluid inclusions and their utility in understanding the origins of rocks.
8.- Explain how the world's principal precious metal and base metal-bearing veins have formed
9.- Explain how and where the world's largest copper deposits have formed
10.- Explain how weathering forms resources
11.- Identify the formation Chromate layers
12.- Explain the origin of the gold found in placer deposits: Where would you hunt for gold in an alluvial placer?
13.- Contrast between the principal mineral constituted of mid-latitude beaches along the coasts of most continents and the reefs and beach sands, such as the Bahamas, forming in tropical seas.
14.- Identify the principal mineral deposited when sea water evaporates.
15.- Identify the major ores that form from deep tropical weathering of rocks and soils
16.- Relate modem day "black smokers" to volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit
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