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Section 3
Sedimentary Rocks and the Geologic History of your Community

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Section 3: Sedimentary Rocks and the Geologic History of your Community.


Inquiring Further

  1. To learn more about sedimentary rocks and energy resources, visit the following web site:

    Fossil Energy Study Guide: Fossil Fuels, DOE
    Describes the environments in which fossil fuels are formed.

    How Coal Is Formed, Kentucky Educational Television and the American Coal Foundation
    Contains a brief overview of how coal is formed. 

    Chapter 8: Fossil Fuels - Coal, Oil and Natural Gas, California Energy Commission  
    Explains where fossils fuels come from, including oil and natural gas.

  2. To learn more about , visit the following web sites:

    World map of sedimentary basins, Schlumberger
    Map that shows the locations of onshore and offshore basins.

    Sedimentary Basins, Trinity College Dublin  
    Describes the locations of sedimentary basins, how they form, and a basin classification system

    Chemical Sedimentary Rocks, California State University Long Beach
    Explains the formation of chemical sedimentary rocks.

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Resources

To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

Sedimentary Rocks in the Earth's Crust

Geologic Maps and Mapping, USGS
Learn more about interpreting geologic maps.

Image Gallery for Geology, University of North Carolina
Provides illustrated examples of sedimentary rocks.

Clastic, Chemical, and Organic Sedimentary Rocks

Sedimentary Rocks, USGS
Describes clastic, chemical, and organic sedimentary rocks. Illustrations accompany each description.

Characteristics of Sedimentary Rocks, Dr. Michael Pidwirny, University of British Columbia Okanagan
The properties of sedimentary rocks are introduced in this illustrated section from an online textbook (Fundamentals of Physical Geography, Michael Pidwirny, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada). Key terms are linked to definitions in an accompanying glossary.

How Sediment Becomes Rock

Bedform Sedimentology Site, USGS
Provides information on sedimentary features such as cross bedding, bedforms, and paleocurrents.

Classifying Sedimentary Rocks

Sedimentary Rocks, Pamela Gore, Georgia Perimeter College
Part of a physical geology course, these notes provide a brief, illustrated introduction to sedimentary rocks, covering terrigenous sedimentary rocks (also called detrital or clastic), chemical/biochemical sedimentary rocks (including the evaporites, the carbonates and the siliceous rocks), organic sedimentary rocks, and other types.

Sedimentary Rocks, USGS
Explains the classification of sedimentary rocks based on their quartz, feldspar, and lithic composition.

Sedimentary Rocks and Sedimentary Rock Classification, Ocean Drilling Program
Describes the major types of sedimentary rocks and the different settings in which they form.

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