Cumulate rocks are igneous rocks formed by the accumulation of crystals from a magma either by settling or floating. Cumulate rocks are named according to their texture. Cumulates can be deposited on top of other older cumulates of different composition and colour giving the cumulate rock a layered or banded appearance. Cumulate rocks are the typical product of precipitation of solid crystals from a fractionating magma chamber; these accumulations occur on the floor of the magma chamber, although they are possible on the roofs if anorthite plagioclase is able to float free of a denser mafic melt. Cumulates are found in ultramafic intrusions, in the base of large ultramafic lava tubes in komatiite and magnesium rich basalt flows and in some granitic intrusions. Cumulates are named according to their dominant mineralogy and the percentage of crystals to their groundmass. Adcumulates are rocks containing ~100–93% accumulated magmatic crystals in a fine-grained groundmass. Mesocumulates are rocks with between 85 % accumulated minerals in a groundmass.
Orthocumulates are rocks containing between 75 % accumulated minerals in groundmass. Cumulate rocks are named according to the cumulate minerals in order of abundance, cumulate type, accessory or minor phases. For example: a layer with 50% plagioclase, 40% pyroxene, 5% olivine and 5% groundmass would be termed a plagioclase-pyroxene Adcumulate with accessory olivine. A rock consisting of 80% olivine, 5% magnetite and 15% groundmass is an olivine mesocumulate. Cumulate terminology is appropriate for use. In intrusions which have a uniform composition and minimal textural and mineralogical layering or visible crystal accumulations it is inappropriate to describe them according to this convention. Cumulate rocks, because they are fractionates of a parental magma, should not be used to infer the composition of a magma from which they are formed; the chemistry of the cumulate itself can inform on the residual melt composition, but several factors need to be considered. The chemistry of a cumulate can inform upon the temperature and chemistry of the melt from which it was formed, but the number of minerals which co-precipitate need to be known, as does the chemistry or mineral species of the precipitated minerals.
This is best illustrated by an example. In this example, the precipitation of anorthite removes calcium from the melt, which becomes more depleted in calcium. Enstatite being precipitated from the melt will remove magnesium, so the melt becomes depleted in these elements; this tends to enrich the concentration of other elements - sodium, potassium and iron. The rock, made of the accumulated minerals will not have the same composition as the magma. In the above example, the cumulate of anorthite + enstatite is rich in calcium and magnesium, the melt is depleted in calcium and magnesium; the cumulate rock is a plagioclase-pyroxene cumulate and the melt is now more felsic and aluminous in composition. In the above example, the plagioclase and pyroxene need not be pure end-member compositions, thus the effect of depletion of elements can be complex; the minerals can be precipitated in any ratio within the cumulate. This alters the chemistry of the cumulate, the depletions of the residual melt, it can be seen that the effect on the composition of the residual melt left behind by the formation of the cumulate is dependent on the composition of the minerals which precipitate, the number of minerals which co-precipitate at the same time, the ratio of the minerals which co-precipitate.
In nature, cumulates form from 2 mineral species, although ranges from 1 to 4 mineral species are known. Cumulate rocks which are formed from one mineral alone are named after the mineral, for example a 99% magnetite cumulate is known as a magnetitite. A specific example is the Skaergaard intrusion in Greenland. At Skaergaard a 2500 m thick layered intrusion shows distinct chemical and mineralogic layering: plagioclase varies from An66 near the base to An30 near the top CaO 10.5% base to 5.1% top. One way to infer the composition of the magma that created the cumulate rocks is to measure groundmass chemistry, but that chemistry is problematic or impossible to sample. Otherwise, complex calculations of averaging cumulate layers must be utilised, a complex process. Alternatively, the magma composition can be estimated by assuming certain conditions of magma chemistry and testing them on phase diagrams using measured mineral chemistry; these methods work well for cumulates formed in volcanic conditions.
Investigating magma conditions of large layered ultramafic intrusions is more fraught with problems. These methods have their drawbacks that they must all make certain assumptions which hold true in nature; the fore
The streak of a mineral is the color of the powder produced when it is dragged across an un-weathered surface. Unlike the apparent color of a mineral, which for most minerals can vary the trail of finely ground powder has a more consistent characteristic color, is thus an important diagnostic tool in mineral identification. If no streak seems to be made, the mineral's streak is said to be colorless. Streak is important as a diagnostic for opaque and colored materials, it is less useful for silicate minerals, most of which have a white streak or are too hard to powder easily. The apparent color of a mineral can vary because of trace impurities or a disturbed macroscopic crystal structure. Small amounts of an impurity that absorbs a particular wavelength can radically change the wavelengths of light that are reflected by the specimen, thus change the apparent color. However, when the specimen is dragged to produce a streak, it is broken into randomly oriented microscopic crystals, small impurities do not affect the absorption of light.
The surface across which the mineral is dragged is called a "streak plate", is made of unglazed porcelain tile. In the absence of a streak plate, the unglazed underside of a porcelain bowl or vase or the back of a glazed tile will work. Sometimes a streak is more or described by comparing it with the "streak" made by another streak plate; because the trail left behind results from the mineral being crushed into powder, a streak can only be made of minerals softer than the streak plate, around 7 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. For harder minerals, the color of the powder can be determined by filing or crushing with a hammer a small sample, usually rubbed on a streak plate. Most minerals that are harder have an unhelpful white streak; some minerals leave a streak similar to their natural color, such as lazurite. Other minerals leave surprising colors, such as fluorite, which always has a white streak, although it can appear in purple, yellow, or green crystals. Hematite, black in appearance, leaves a red streak which accounts for its name, which comes from the Greek word "haima", meaning "blood."
Galena, which can be similar in appearance to hematite, is distinguished by its gray streak. Bishop, A. C.. R.. R.. Cambridge Guide to Minerals and Fossils. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 12–13. Holden, Martin; the Encyclopedia of Gemstones and Minerals. New York: Facts on File. p. 251. ISBN 1-56799-949-2. Schumann, Walter. Minerals of the World. New York: Sterling Publishing. Pp. 18–16. ISBN 0-00-219909-2. Physical Characteristics of Minerals, at Introduction to Mineralogy by Andrea Bangert What is Streak? from the Mineral Gallery
Birefringence is the optical property of a material having a refractive index that depends on the polarization and propagation direction of light. These optically anisotropic materials are said to be birefringent; the birefringence is quantified as the maximum difference between refractive indices exhibited by the material. Crystals with non-cubic crystal structures are birefringent, as are plastics under mechanical stress. Birefringence is responsible for the phenomenon of double refraction whereby a ray of light, when incident upon a birefringent material, is split by polarization into two rays taking different paths; this effect was first described by the Danish scientist Rasmus Bartholin in 1669, who observed it in calcite, a crystal having one of the strongest birefringences. However it was not until the 19th century that Augustin-Jean Fresnel described the phenomenon in terms of polarization, understanding light as a wave with field components in transverse polarizations. A mathematical description of wave propagation in a birefringent medium is presented below.
Following is a qualitative explanation of the phenomenon. The simplest type of birefringence is described as uniaxial, meaning that there is a single direction governing the optical anisotropy whereas all directions perpendicular to it are optically equivalent, thus rotating the material around this axis does not change its optical behavior. This special direction is known as the optic axis of the material. Light propagating parallel to the optic axis is governed by a refractive index no. Light whose polarization is in the direction of the optic axis sees an optical index ne. For any ray direction there is a linear polarization direction perpendicular to the optic axis, this is called an ordinary ray. However, for ray directions not parallel to the optic axis, the polarization direction perpendicular to the ordinary ray's polarization will be in the direction of the optic axis, this is called an extraordinary ray. I.e. when unpolarized light enters an uniaxial birefringent material it is split into two beams travelling different directions.
The ordinary ray will always experience a refractive index of no, whereas the refractive index of the extraordinary ray will be in between no and ne, depending on the ray direction as described by the index ellipsoid. The magnitude of the difference is quantified by the birefringence: Δ n = n e − n o; the propagation of the ordinary ray is described by no as if there were no birefringence involved. However the extraordinary ray, as its name suggests, propagates unlike any wave in a homogenous optical material, its refraction at a surface can be understood using the effective refractive index. However it is in fact an inhomogeneous wave whose power flow is not in the direction of the wave vector; this causes an additional shift in that beam when launched at normal incidence, as is popularly observed using a crystal of calcite as photographed above. Rotating the calcite crystal will cause one of the two images, that of the extraordinary ray, to rotate around that of the ordinary ray, which remains fixed.
When the light propagates either along or orthogonal to the optic axis, such a lateral shift does not occur. In the first case, both polarizations see the same effective refractive index, so there is no extraordinary ray. In the second case the extraordinary ray propagates at a different phase velocity but is not an inhomogeneous wave. A crystal with its optic axis in this orientation, parallel to the optical surface, may be used to create a waveplate, in which there is no distortion of the image but an intentional modification of the state of polarization of the incident wave. For instance, a quarter-wave plate is used to create circular polarization from a linearly polarized source; the case of so-called biaxial crystals is more complex. These are characterized by three refractive indices corresponding to three principal axes of the crystal. For most ray directions, both polarizations would be classified as extraordinary rays but with different effective refractive indices. Being extraordinary waves, the direction of power flow is not identical to the direction of the wave vector in either case.
The two refractive indices can be determined using the index ellipsoids for given directions of the polarization. Note that for biaxial crystals the index ellipsoid will not be an ellipsoid of revolution but is described by three unequal principle refractive indices nα, nβ and nγ, thus there is no axis. Although there is no axis of symmetry, there are two optical axes or binormals which are defined as directions along which light may propagate without birefringence, i.e. directions along which the wavelength is independent of polarization. For this reason, birefringent materials with three distinct refractive indices are called biaxial. Additionally, there are two distinct axes known as optical ray axes or biradials along which the group velocity of the light is independent of polarization; when an arbitrary beam of light strikes the surface of a b
The melting point of a substance is the temperature at which it changes state from solid to liquid. At the melting point the solid and liquid phase exist in equilibrium; the melting point of a substance depends on pressure and is specified at a standard pressure such as 1 atmosphere or 100 kPa. When considered as the temperature of the reverse change from liquid to solid, it is referred to as the freezing point or crystallization point; because of the ability of some substances to supercool, the freezing point is not considered as a characteristic property of a substance. When the "characteristic freezing point" of a substance is determined, in fact the actual methodology is always "the principle of observing the disappearance rather than the formation of ice", that is, the melting point. For most substances and freezing points are equal. For example, the melting point and freezing point of mercury is 234.32 kelvins. However, certain substances possess differing solid-liquid transition temperatures.
For example, agar melts at 85 °C and solidifies from 31 °C. The melting point of ice at 1 atmosphere of pressure is close to 0 °C. In the presence of nucleating substances, the freezing point of water is not always the same as the melting point. In the absence of nucleators water can exist as a supercooled liquid down to −48.3 °C before freezing. The chemical element with the highest melting point is tungsten, at 3,414 °C; the often-cited carbon does not melt at ambient pressure but sublimes at about 3,726.85 °C. Tantalum hafnium carbide is a refractory compound with a high melting point of 4215 K. At the other end of the scale, helium does not freeze at all at normal pressure at temperatures arbitrarily close to absolute zero. Many laboratory techniques exist for the determination of melting points. A Kofler bench is a metal strip with a temperature gradient. Any substance can be placed on a section of the strip, revealing its thermal behaviour at the temperature at that point. Differential scanning calorimetry gives information on melting point together with its enthalpy of fusion.
A basic melting point apparatus for the analysis of crystalline solids consists of an oil bath with a transparent window and a simple magnifier. The several grains of a solid are placed in a thin glass tube and immersed in the oil bath; the oil bath is heated and with the aid of the magnifier melting of the individual crystals at a certain temperature can be observed. In large/small devices, the sample is placed in a heating block, optical detection is automated; the measurement can be made continuously with an operating process. For instance, oil refineries measure the freeze point of diesel fuel online, meaning that the sample is taken from the process and measured automatically; this allows for more frequent measurements as the sample does not have to be manually collected and taken to a remote laboratory. For refractory materials the high melting point may be determined by heating the material in a black body furnace and measuring the black-body temperature with an optical pyrometer. For the highest melting materials, this may require extrapolation by several hundred degrees.
The spectral radiance from an incandescent body is known to be a function of its temperature. An optical pyrometer matches the radiance of a body under study to the radiance of a source, calibrated as a function of temperature. In this way, the measurement of the absolute magnitude of the intensity of radiation is unnecessary. However, known temperatures must be used to determine the calibration of the pyrometer. For temperatures above the calibration range of the source, an extrapolation technique must be employed; this extrapolation is accomplished by using Planck's law of radiation. The constants in this equation are not known with sufficient accuracy, causing errors in the extrapolation to become larger at higher temperatures. However, standard techniques have been developed to perform this extrapolation. Consider the case of using gold as the source. In this technique, the current through the filament of the pyrometer is adjusted until the light intensity of the filament matches that of a black-body at the melting point of gold.
This establishes the primary calibration temperature and can be expressed in terms of current through the pyrometer lamp. With the same current setting, the pyrometer is sighted on another black-body at a higher temperature. An absorbing medium of known transmission is inserted between this black-body; the temperature of the black-body is adjusted until a match exists between its intensity and that of the pyrometer filament. The true higher temperature of the black-body is determined from Planck's Law; the absorbing medium is removed and the current through the filament is adjusted to match the filament intensity to that of the black-body. This establishes a second calibration point for the pyrometer; this step is repeated to carry the calibration to hi
Specific gravity is the ratio of the density of a substance to the density of a reference substance. Apparent specific gravity is the ratio of the weight of a volume of the substance to the weight of an equal volume of the reference substance; the reference substance for liquids is nearly always water at its densest. Nonetheless, the temperature and pressure must be specified for the reference. Pressure is nearly always 1 atm. Temperatures for both sample and reference vary from industry to industry. In British beer brewing, the practice for specific gravity as specified above is to multiply it by 1,000. Specific gravity is used in industry as a simple means of obtaining information about the concentration of solutions of various materials such as brines, antifreeze coolants, sugar solutions and acids. Being a ratio of densities, specific gravity is a dimensionless quantity; the reason for the specific gravity being dimensionless is to provide a global consistency between the U. S. and Metric Systems, since various units for density may be used such as pounds per cubic feet or grams per cubic centimeter, etc.
Specific gravity varies with pressure. Substances with a specific gravity of 1 are neutrally buoyant in water; those with SG greater than 1 are denser than water and will, disregarding surface tension effects, sink in it. Those with an SG less than 1 will float on it. In scientific work, the relationship of mass to volume is expressed directly in terms of the density of the substance under study, it is in industry where specific gravity finds wide application for historical reasons. True specific gravity can be expressed mathematically as: S G true = ρ sample ρ H 2 O where ρsample is the density of the sample and ρH2O is the density of water; the apparent specific gravity is the ratio of the weights of equal volumes of sample and water in air: S G apparent = W A, sample W A, H 2 O where WA,sample represents the weight of the sample measured in air and WA,H2O the weight of water measured in air. It can be shown that true specific gravity can be computed from different properties: S G true = ρ sample ρ H 2 O = m sample V m H 2 O V = m sample m H 2 O g g = W V, sample W V, H 2 O where g is the local acceleration due to gravity, V is the volume of the sample and of water, ρsample is the density of the sample, ρH2O is the density of water and WV represents a weight obtained in vacuum.
The density of water varies with pressure as does the density of the sample. So it is necessary to specify the temperatures and pressures at which the densities or weights were determined, it is nearly always the case. But as specific gravity refers to incompressible aqueous solutions or other incompressible substances, variations in density caused by pressure are neglected at least where apparent specific gravity is being measured. For true specific gravity calculations, air pressure must be considered. Temperatures are specified by the notation, with Ts representing the temperature at which the sample's density was determined and Tr the temperature at which the reference density is specified. For example, SG would be understood to mean that the density of the sample was determined at 20 °C and of the water at 4 °C. Taking into account different sample and reference temperatures, we note that, while SGH2O = 1.000000, it is the case that SGH2O = 0.998203⁄0.999840 = 0.998363. Here, temperature is being specified using the current ITS-90 scale and the densities used here and in the rest of this article are based on that scale.
On the previous IPTS-68 scale, the densities at 20 °C and 4 °C are 0.9982071 and 0.9999720 respective
A meteorite is a solid piece of debris from an object, such as a comet, asteroid, or meteoroid, that originates in outer space and survives its passage through the atmosphere to reach the surface of a planet or moon. When the object enters the atmosphere, various factors such as friction and chemical interactions with the atmospheric gases cause it to heat up and radiate that energy, it becomes a meteor and forms a fireball known as a shooting star or falling star. Meteorites vary in size. For geologists, a bolide is a meteorite large enough to create an impact crater. Meteorites that are recovered after being observed as they transit the atmosphere and impact the Earth are called meteorite falls. All others are known as meteorite finds; as of August 2018, there were about 1,412 witnessed falls that have specimens in the world's collections. As of 2018, there are more than 59,200 well-documented meteorite finds. Meteorites have traditionally been divided into three broad categories: stony meteorites that are rocks composed of silicate minerals.
Modern classification schemes divide meteorites into groups according to their structure and isotopic composition and mineralogy. Meteorites smaller than 2 mm are classified as micrometeorites. Extraterrestrial meteorites are such objects that have impacted other celestial bodies, whether or not they have passed through an atmosphere, they have been found on the Mars. Meteorites are always named for the places they were found a nearby town or geographic feature. In cases where many meteorites were found in one place, the name may be followed by a number or letter; the name designated by the Meteoritical Society is used by scientists and most collectors. Most meteoroids disintegrate. Five to ten a year are observed to fall and are subsequently recovered and made known to scientists. Few meteorites are large enough to create large impact craters. Instead, they arrive at the surface at their terminal velocity and, at most, create a small pit. Large meteoroids may strike the earth with a significant fraction of their escape velocity, leaving behind a hypervelocity impact crater.
The kind of crater will depend on the size, degree of fragmentation, incoming angle of the impactor. The force of such collisions has the potential to cause widespread destruction; the most frequent hypervelocity cratering events on the Earth are caused by iron meteoroids, which are most able to transit the atmosphere intact. Examples of craters caused by iron meteoroids include Barringer Meteor Crater, Odessa Meteor Crater, Wabar craters, Wolfe Creek crater. In contrast relatively large stony or icy bodies like small comets or asteroids, up to millions of tons, are disrupted in the atmosphere, do not make impact craters. Although such disruption events are uncommon, they can cause a considerable concussion to occur. Large stony objects, hundreds of meters in diameter or more, weighing tens of millions of tons or more, can reach the surface and cause large craters, but are rare; such events are so energetic that the impactor is destroyed, leaving no meteorites. Several phenomena are well documented during witnessed meteorite falls too small to produce hypervelocity craters.
The fireball that occurs as the meteoroid passes through the atmosphere can appear to be bright, rivaling the sun in intensity, although most are far dimmer and may not be noticed during daytime. Various colors have been reported, including yellow and red. Flashes and bursts of light can occur. Explosions and rumblings are heard during meteorite falls, which can be caused by sonic booms as well as shock waves resulting from major fragmentation events; these sounds can be heard with a radius of a hundred or more kilometers. Whistling and hissing sounds are sometimes heard, but are poorly understood. Following passage of the fireball, it is not unusual for a dust trail to linger in the atmosphere for several minutes; as meteoroids are heated during atmospheric entry, their surfaces experience ablation. They can be sculpted into various shapes during this process, sometimes resulting in shallow thumbprint-like indentations on their surfaces called regmaglypts. If the meteoroid maintains a fixed orientation for some time, without tumbling, it may develop a conical "nose cone" or "heat shield" shape.
As it decelerates the molten surface layer solidifies into a thin fusion crust, which on most meteorites is black. On stony meteorites, the heat-affected zone is at most a few mm deep. Reports vary. Meteorites from multiple falls, such as Bjurbole, Tagish Lake, Buzzard Coulee, have been found having fallen on lake and sea ice suggesting that they were not hot when they
Metamorphic rocks arise from the transformation of existing rock types, in a process called metamorphism, which means "change in form". The original rock is subjected to pressure, causing profound physical or chemical change; the protolith may be igneous, or existing metamorphic rock. Metamorphic rocks make up a large part of the Earth's crust and form 12% of the Earth's land surface, they are classified by chemical and mineral assemblage. They may be formed by being deep beneath the Earth's surface, subjected to high temperatures and the great pressure of the rock layers above it, they can form from tectonic processes such as continental collisions, which cause horizontal pressure and distortion. They are formed when rock is heated by the intrusion of hot molten rock called magma from the Earth's interior; the study of metamorphic rocks provides information about the temperatures and pressures that occur at great depths within the Earth's crust. Some examples of metamorphic rocks are gneiss, marble and quartzite.
Metamorphic minerals are those that form only at the high temperatures and pressures associated with the process of metamorphism. These minerals, known as index minerals, include sillimanite, staurolite and some garnet. Other minerals, such as olivines, amphiboles, micas and quartz, may be found in metamorphic rocks, but are not the result of the process of metamorphism; these minerals formed during the crystallization of igneous rocks. They are stable at high temperatures and pressures and may remain chemically unchanged during the metamorphic process. However, all minerals are stable only within certain limits, the presence of some minerals in metamorphic rocks indicates the approximate temperatures and pressures at which they formed; the change in the particle size of the rock during the process of metamorphism is called recrystallization. For instance, the small calcite crystals in the sedimentary rock limestone and chalk change into larger crystals in the metamorphic rock marble. Both high temperatures and pressures contribute to recrystallization.
High temperatures allow the atoms and ions in solid crystals to migrate, thus reorganizing the crystals, while high pressures cause solution of the crystals within the rock at their point of contact. The layering within metamorphic rocks is called foliation, it occurs when a rock is being shortened along one axis during recrystallization; this causes the platy or elongated crystals of minerals, such as mica and chlorite, to become rotated such that their long axes are perpendicular to the orientation of shortening. This results in a banded, or foliated rock, with the bands showing the colors of the minerals that formed them. Textures are separated into non-foliated categories. Foliated rock is a product of differential stress that deforms the rock in one plane, sometimes creating a plane of cleavage. For example, slate is a foliated metamorphic rock. Non-foliated rock does not have planar patterns of strain. Rocks that were subjected to uniform pressure from all sides, or those that lack minerals with distinctive growth habits, will not be foliated.
Where a rock has been subject to differential stress, the type of foliation that develops depends on the metamorphic grade. For instance, starting with a mudstone, the following sequence develops with increasing temperature: slate is a fine-grained, foliated metamorphic rock, characteristic of low grade metamorphism, while phyllite is fine-grained and found in areas of low grade metamorphism, schist is medium to coarse-grained and found in areas of medium grade metamorphism, gneiss coarse to coarse-grained, found in areas of high-grade metamorphism. Marble is not foliated, which allows its use as a material for sculpture and architecture. Another important mechanism of metamorphism is that of chemical reactions that occur between minerals without them melting. In the process atoms are exchanged between the minerals, thus new minerals are formed. Many complex high-temperature reactions may take place, each mineral assemblage produced provides us with a clue as to the temperatures and pressures at the time of metamorphism.
Metasomatism is the drastic change in the bulk chemical composition of a rock that occurs during the processes of metamorphism. It is due to the introduction of chemicals from other surrounding rocks. Water may transport these chemicals over great distances; because of the role played by water, metamorphic rocks contain many elements absent from the original rock, lack some that were present. Still, the introduction of new chemicals is not necessary for recrystallization to occur. Contact metamorphism is the name given to the changes that take place when magma is injected into the surrounding solid rock; the changes that occur are greatest wherever the magma comes into contact with the rock because the temperatures are highest at this boundary and decrease with distance from it. Around the igneous rock that forms from the cooling magma is a metamorphosed zone called a contact metamorphism aureole. Aureoles may show all degrees of metamorphism from the contact area to unmetamorphosed country rock some distance away.
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