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7: Sedimentary Minerals and Sedimentary Rocks

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    Key Concepts
    • Weathering involves the decomposition and breaking apart of rocks at Earth’s surface.
    • Weathering produces solid clastic material and dissolved chemical material.
    • Products of weathering may be transported and deposited to produce clastic or chemical sediments.
    • Sediments of all sorts may be lithified to become rocks.
    • Clastic material typically comprises quartz and clays; less commonly other minerals.
    • Minerals produced by chemical precipitation include clays, carbonates, sulfates, halides, zeolites, and chert.
    • We name clastic sedimentary rocks based primarily on clast size.
    • We name chemical sedimentary rocks based primarily on composition.
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    Figure 7.1: Salt deposits on the shore of the Dead Sea, Jordan


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