Why Would Someone Lick A Rock?

How do geologists observe rocks?

By looking at a small sliver of a rock under a microscope, a geologist can observe the shape and size of crystals in the rock and identify the minerals it contains. In identifying rocks, geologists also use some of the tests that are used to identify minerals.

What rock sticks to your tongue?

These rocks are shale and can be found on both our Paderewski and Catapult properties. They are very porous (porous enough to stick on your tongue) because of the material that comprises them – compressed diatoms (silica) from the bottom of the ocean million and millions of years ago.

What do geologists do with rocks?

Geologists conduct studies that locate rocks that contain important metals, plan the mines that produce them and the methods used to remove the metals from the rocks. They do similar work to locate and produce oil, natural gas, and groundwater.

What happens if you lick halite?

And indeed, if you lick a halite crystal, which is more commonly known as rock salt, it tastes quite salty (this is why some animals, including the family dog, may lick rocks).

Why do geologists classify and study rocks?

Geologists study rocks because they contain clues about what the Earth was like in the past. Different rocks form under only certain conditions and even the dullest gray lump of a rock can tell us something important about the past.

What characteristics do the geologists use to distinguish between rock layers?

Field geologists observe texture, hardness and composition of rocks to identify the layers they came from. Typically the harder and more densely packed the particles are, the older the rock and the deeper the layer it came from. Hardness can be tested with a simple fingernail or pocket tool.

What does a geologist do in relation to working with natural resources?

Geologists work in the energy and mining sectors searching for natural resources such as petroleum, natural gas, precious and base metals. They are also in the forefront of preventing and mitigating damage from natural hazards and disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and landslides.

Is being a geologist fun?

The geology field is very interesting and rewarding, but be prepared to work long, hard days in conditions that can be challenging including thunderstorms and rain, extreme heat and cold, remote areas, downtown cities with high traffic, as well as with numerous critters including snakes, spiders, ants, etc.

What does a geologist do every day?

Geologists travel for on-site work, develop research proposals, and fulfill contracts. They spend time both outdoors and indoors in laboratories observing, sampling, and testing liquid, mineral, soil, and rock samples.

What do geologists wear?

In general, one can confidently say that the attire of a geologist is typically “outdoorsy.” Most geologists are usually garbed in outdoor clothing and hiking gear. Even when indoors and in class. In fact, a lot of students today sport the outdoorsy clothing look, no matter what the occasion.

Who to contact if you find a fossil?

Then, contact your local natural history museum. Many have special events where members of the public can bring in things they've found for identification, and even if they do not, they will have experts in many fields on staff.

What are often mistaken for dinosaur teeth?

The rugose corals (also known as solitary or horn corals) are very often mistaken for dinosaur teeth but are older than the oldest dinosaurs, having gone extinct around 250 million years ago (the oldest known dinosaurs are around 230 million years old).

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