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The science comprising the study of the rocks Earth is composed of, and the processes by which they change. Some subfields of geology are petrology, mineralogy, and geophysics.

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How would one go about drawing the contour lines for this map in order to draw the cross section?

Good Day. We Received this map as practice for our Geology university module and I have no idea how to draw the strike lines where the different heights intersect the different rock types in order to ...
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Structural geology

Map 4 shows two dykes that have been offset by a vertical fault. In different coloured pencils, draw strike lines on each dyke. (a) On a blank sheet of paper, use the strike lines that you have drawn ...
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Will the sea get saltier forever?

The sea wasn't always salty. It's been getting saltier over millions of years as minerals dissolve. Is there a natural limit to this process, or the will the sea keep getting saltier forever? Is there ...
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How are tall cays formed?

From reading about Cays on Wikipedia it seems they are formed from coral reefs covered with sand or gravel. There are however some cays scattered around the world which are hundreds of feet off of ...
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Does science suggest Venus would resume plate tectonics if surface water were somehow reintroduced and rotation sped up? [closed]

Assume that we're talking about a terraformed Venus with an Earth-like atmosphere so no risk of the water simply boiling away before being allowed to permeate the lithosphere. Does this meet the ...
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What is the average color of soil?

Where I live the soil is red. Is there a map or chart where you can see the average color of the dirt according to geographical location? What would the color be if all of the dirt on Earth was ...
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How did Mount Evans become a mountain?

Multiple websites state that the mountain, which is in Colorado, was formed by an intrusion of magma about 1.4 billion years ago, forming a batholith. On the other hand, the rocky mountains are said ...
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SC7 and SC10 Lithology Classifications

I am looking for the full names of the lithology classifications SC7 and SC10. According to the FAO's guidelines for soil description SC3 e.g. refers to silt-, mud-, claystone. What do SC7 and SC10 ...
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What is this red glassy rock [closed]

I found rocks looking like this in my backyard but cant get to know what they are or how to find out. Below are pictures I don’t know if there’s more info I should mention. If there’s anything please ...
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How many years does it take for rivers to form?

I've looked this up as best as I could and couldn't find a clear answer. I've seen for example articles on the age of several rivers as being the oldest ones, but nothing regarding the opposite. Could ...
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How are Quaternary alluvial deposits differentiated in subglacial latitudes?

The USGS maps of coastal California label alluvial deposits as Qyf and Qof — the “younger” and “older” fans of coarse sediments. But in areas of the earth that never saw Quaternary glaciation (like ...
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Is it possible for Mexico to have a magnitude 9 earthquake?

Everyone has heard of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and the potential threat it poses. However, I have heard nothing about The Cocos Subduction Zone, even though it caused a devastating earthquake over ...
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What formed this rock slide formation near Hyndman Peak Idaho (photos)?

While hiking Hyndman Peak in Idaho a couple weeks ago we noticed a rock slide that appeared to be formed by a glacier, however it was on the west side of the mountain. It was also strange that the ...
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How much role does radioactivity play in making Earth geologically active [duplicate]

A hot molten core is important for making the Earth geologically active. I believe most of the heat is from the time of the planet formation, and the high pressures due to everything pushing down to ...
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Megaspherulite growth

I have been fascinated by photos of these for a while, and I would like to ask how megaspherulites grow so large, when spherulites are normally quite small? I also noticed that all papers about the ...
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Is there a way to convert from Dip direction to Strike direction?

I have some set of recorded data in dip direction/dip format. I wish to transform then to strike/dip. I am currently having a hard time imagining how to convert from dip direction to strike direction. ...
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Crustal age global map

I've been searching for a map depicting the age of each part of the crust for a long time. I'm not a geologist but I'm a physicist so I would like to know about the most up-to-date and accurate ...
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Why would CaO be more finely spread than K2O in Granodiorite?

I recently interpreted some XRF data on samples of a granodiorite which were classified under three different types of physical characteristics: very little, mild and significant levels of weathering. ...
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Book recommendation for 7 year old

By some poorly understood series of events, I have managed to convince my 7 year old daughter that she wants to be a geologist when she's older. Of course I'm aware that this likely won't be the case, ...
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Mechanism for Pluto's young surface

According to recent reports (e.g. in Nature), Pluto is geologically active. It has some mechanism by which it has "recycled" its surface. I originally thought we had a similar case to Jupiter's moon ...
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Looking for videos/GIFs of petrification/permineralization

Do you know of any good animations, videos, or GIFs of petrification/permineralization? For some students verbal and written explanations don’t work, they don't always visualize well. So it’d be ...
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Where can I find broadband seismic reflection data?

or what type of companies should I contact to ask for the data? This data would be produced from Seismic Vibroseis survey trucks which are mostly used to locate oil and gas. I doubt most oil and gas ...
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What is the scientific reason for Falgu river being subterranean?

According to wikipedia "The Phalgu or Falgu, a river that flows past Gaya, India in the Indian state of Bihar, is a sacred river for Hindus and Buddhists. Lord Vishnu's Temple Vishnupad Mandir is ...
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how can a asterisk/star like crack occur on a rock?

how can a asterisk/star like crack occur on a hard pyroclastic rock? Could it caused by a meteroite or by some other mechanism? You may see the shape of the rock on attached photo.
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Is the magma in one volcano different from the magma in every other volcano?

First off, a confession: I'm asking this question because of The Lord of the Rings. If you're not aware already, in the story, a magical ring can only be destroyed in a specific volcano. The reason ...
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Using Enhanced Rock Weathering in the Sahel Region of Africa

A recent Guardian article "Spreading rock dust on fields could remove vast amounts of CO2 from air" has gotten some attention in the nongovernmental and UN organizations working in the Sahel ...
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How does uplift lead to onlapping?

I read in a paper that: Interpretation of 2-D seismic lines shows the lower to middle Patchawarra Formation onlapping onto paleostructural highs at approximately 270 Ma and again at 273 Ma, ...
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What was the first rock in the rock cycle?

I am an undergraduate student but I am a tutor at a High School, and one student asked me. Attempting to explain the rock cycle "if one rock turns into the other then which came first" my gut is ...
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How do the different densities of the oceanic and continental crust affect earth's outer shape?

I am currently reading a textbook and I am slightly confused at a paragraph that deals with some general facts about earth's outer shape. It mentions that the density of the continental crust is ...
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What kind of soil is being worked in this video? [closed]

I have recently stumbled across this video on Youtube, where quite a magnificient building is carved into the soil with simple tools like a shovel and hoe. The location is somewhere in South America, ...
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Are the precious metals (silver, gold, platinum) present everywhere throughout the Earth's crust at least in the trace quantities?

Do some rocks, soils, sands or waters exist that contain fewer than one atom of gold per cubic meter or tonne of their mass?
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Pressure Increase in stone and in water

Why does the pressure increase only by 0,3-0,4bar per km in stone but 1bar per 10m in water while stone has the higher density?
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Why is Cambrian denoted with such a weird symbol?

I find Ꞓ such an odd-looking symbol. What's the historical significance, etc, of that symbol? Latin letter C with bar My understanding is, C was the Carboniferous, K for Cretaceous... why not ...
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What is the most expensive project related to Earth's geology and/or to engineering geology on the Earth? [closed]

Costs related to space exploration are well documented. However, what about the costs of Earth projects like dam/mines/tunnels? What has been the most expensive projects? I know that nuclear power ...
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What do scientists mean when they say the Earth formed 4.56 billion years ago? [duplicate]

Does that mean that the Earth gained the classification of a planet that long ago rather than some other celestial body? How did they determine that this happened that long ago? How discrete is the ...
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What local formation am I drilling?

I'm having a water well drilled on my property. The drilling crew has been working since Wednesday. They are using an airlift rig with a 6in bore. They are at 300ft and only have 4gpm. I would really ...
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What would a rock thin section look like without any polarizers?

I'm interested in knowing what features can still be discerned. I've been struggling find any image of a thin section of a rock under a regular light microscope, or a petrographic microscope with the ...
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How was Nastapoka arc formed?

As wikipedia says, the Nastapoka arc is a geological feature located on the southeastern shore of Hudson Bay, Canada. (Other description with picture at the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada) No ...
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What was the Earth's continent's positions 10000 years ago, or 11700 years ago, AKA when the late Pleistocene epoch was coming to an end?

In many articles online, geologists and geographers have described and depicted the theorized locations of all our continental plates with great detail and illustration, providing pictures, time-lapse ...
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What is the white coating "patina" we often see on deposited chalcedony/agate?

Me and some of my friends were wondering what exactly is the white coating we can see on chalcedony that has been deposited by a river during quartenary (and so the original material is damaged and ...
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What causes "hydrocarbons" to take the form of petroleum versus natural gas?

"Hydrocarbons" are found in geological formations consisting of strata or layers of rocks. Specifically, they are formed from decomposed organic material (that contains carbon), that bonds with ...
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Geo-Spherical shape of Earth

I know that the best possible approximation of the shape of earth is an oblate sphere. But people also call it as geo-spherical shape of the Earth. What is the meaning of geospherical shape? Does this ...
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What's it like inside a natural gas cavern on Earth?

I suppose natural gas underground caverns on Earth have substantial volume and gas is in gaseous form there. As such I wonder how it would look like inside such cavern (with artificial light of ...
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How do you choose appropriate parameters for a lowpass filter when filtering a Bouguer anomaly?

I am trying to filter my Bouguer anomaly data to remove the short wavelength features. I have created a lowpass filter to achieve this, but I am wondering how I can more objectively choose my cutoff ...
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where are the poles of rotation of the tectonic plates located?

Euler's "fixed point" theorem ... can be stated as: The most general displacement of a rigid body over the surface of a sphere can be regarded as a rotation about a suitable axis which passes ...
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Round structure in southern United States

Assuming here might be someone who knows something about this, I wanted to ask what is behind this round structure I have spotted today on Google Earth: There seems to be a large (~200 km), nearly ...
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Earth's interior heat ratio between pressure and atomic decay

What is our current understanding between the ratio of Earth's interior heat between the downward pressure and atomic decay?
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Storing borehole interval data (logs) in netcdf

I have a number of datasets that describe geological properties as intervals down a borehole (e.g. unit codes, sample results) In a database, or a flat ASCII file, I would describe these with a ...
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Sources or strategies for stone identification

I have a bunch of semi-precious stones here, but I am not very learned in geology etc and I would like to have some way to know what kind of stones they are. As far as I understand question about ...
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Are old geophysics textbooks useful?

I have had much success with old textbooks in mathematics. Generally, for any branch of mathematics that I (as a non-mathematician) would like to learn or re-learn, I can buy a classic textbook from ...

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