Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

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Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

Postby Jim_R » August 28th, 2011, 6:53 pm

This thread is for asking questions about specific Rocks and Minerals.

quizbowl wrote:It will consist of someone posting a picture of a rock or a mineral, or posting any question regarding to this event. People will post their guesses here (preferably you should hide your answer) - if they are right, it becomes their turn to post.
I'll start:
You have a magma that is at very high temperature and pressure.

What minerals would the rock formed from this magma have if it was intruded into the earth?

What minerals would it have if it was extruded onto the surface of the earth?

What would be the difference in these rocks?
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Re: Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

Postby XXGeneration » August 29th, 2011, 1:24 pm

Is there anything about the composition of the magma?

If not, then:
Question 1
If the magma were extruded, then the rock formed would be basalt because usually at high temperatures magma is basaltic. Basalt is composed of sodium plagioclase minerals, pyroxene, and olivine.

If the magma were intruded, then the rock formed would be gabbro; gabbro is composed of calcium plagioclase feldspars, pyroxene, and olivine.

The main difference is that basalt has a fine texture while gabbro is much coarser; the crystal sizes are different because of the difference in cooling duration.


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Re: Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

Postby XXGeneration » August 30th, 2011, 8:35 am

I'll assume that I'm right and post a question 2
Question 2
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1. Identify the mineral
2. This mineral is a source of what common household item?

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Re: Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

Postby JSGandora » August 31st, 2011, 7:27 am

Question 2 Answer
I'm not doing R/M but the answers are:
1. Halite
2. Tastifier for French Fries (you get the picture)

Question 3
Identify this rock:
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Re: Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

Postby XXGeneration » August 31st, 2011, 7:39 am

Question 2 Answer
Marble


Question 3
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1. Identify this mineral
2. What nickname does this mineral have and why is this nickname given?

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Re: Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

Postby quizbowl » September 1st, 2011, 11:11 am

Answer
1. Ulexite
2. It is nicknamed TV stone due to its optical characteristics, with the fibers acting like optical fibers
By the way, you're supposed to wait a bit before posting your next question. You might not be 100% correct or someone might be looking or a different answer
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Re: Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

Postby XXGeneration » September 1st, 2011, 1:34 pm

quizbowl wrote:
Answer
1. Ulexite
2. It is nicknamed TV stone due to its optical characteristics, with the fibers acting like optical fibers
By the way, you're supposed to wait a bit before posting your next question. You might not be 100% correct or someone might be looking or a different answer


I'm sorry; in my eagerness to keep this thread from dying I just posted the next question.

By the way, you are correct.

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Re: Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

Postby JSGandora » September 1st, 2011, 2:09 pm

XXGeneration wrote:
Question 2 Answer
Marble


Question 3
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1. Identify this mineral
2. What nickname does this mineral have and why is this nickname given?

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Re: Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

Postby quizbowl » September 1st, 2011, 2:53 pm

yay!
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Chemical formula?
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Re: Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

Postby XXGeneration » September 1st, 2011, 3:02 pm

quizbowl wrote:yay!
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Chemical formula?


Question 4
I believe the mineral is Bornite; the formula for Bornite is Cu2FeS4.

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Re: Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

Postby quizbowl » September 1st, 2011, 3:07 pm

Good job! On a side note, I seem to often mix up Chalcopyrite with Bornite :shock: anyone have any visual aids between them? (It's still your turn, XX)
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Re: Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

Postby XXGeneration » September 1st, 2011, 3:11 pm

quizbowl wrote:Good job! On a side note, I seem to often mix up Chalcopyrite with Bornite :shock: anyone have any visual aids between them? (It's still your turn, XX)


I like to think that Chalcopyrite has more of a yellowish tinge to it while Bornite is mainly just a darker color :P

Question 5:
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Identify the mineral and state the crystal system to which it belongs.

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Re: Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

Postby mingtian » September 1st, 2011, 3:13 pm

Quiz and xx, are you using your binder or is this pure memory?

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Re: Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

Postby XXGeneration » September 1st, 2011, 5:10 pm

The marble and bornite ID was mostly from memory; the bornite formula and the magma question were both from my binder.

Mainly I want to be able to ID and recall main facts such as nicknames from memory. The rest can be from my binder.

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Re: Rocks and Minerals Question Marathon

Postby iYOA » September 3rd, 2011, 3:00 am

Question 5 Answer
The pinkish mineral is feldspar and it can either be monoclinic or triclinic(but i think orthoclase feldspar is monoclinic).
EDIT: The other mineral is Biotite and it is also monoclinic. lol at first i thought it was slate


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