Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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  1. Which indicates the highest metamorphic grade?
    1. epidote
    2. kyanite
    3. chlorite
    4. amphibole
    5. feldspar
  2. A metamorphosed equivalent of a limestone would be a:
    1. dolomite
    2. marble
    3. schist
    4. amphibolite
    5. none of these
  3. Three minerals which are not normally found in sedimentary and igneous rocks are:
    1. quartz, biotite and plagioclase
    2. sillimanite, kyanite and garnet
    3. biotite, muscovite and clay 
    4. garnet, kyanite and feldspar
  4. Metamorphic rocks may generally be distinguished from igneous rocks because:
    1. the grains of igneous rock are interlocking, whereas they are not interlocking in a metamorphic rock
    2. metamorphic rocks are foliated, whereas igneous rocks are not
    3. their mineral assemblages are different
    4. they are generally finer grained
    5. none of these
  5. Which is a product of metamorphism?
    1. phenocrysts
    2. dolomite
    3. amphibolites
    4. ripple marks
    5. cross-beds
  6. Metamorphic zones are identified by:
    1. index minerals
    2. index fossils
    3. index rocks
    4. index pressure
    5. none of these
  7. During the metamorphism of a shale to a slate, many of the clay minerals have been transformed into:
    1. mica and chlorite
    2. muscovite and kyanite
    3. biotite and almandite
    4. none of these
    5. quartz and staurolite
  8. Gneiss:
    1. shows dark and light bands of minerals
    2. has recrystallized at low temperatures
    3. has good rock cleavage parallel to banding
    4. is very fine-grained
  9. In the expression "kyanite schist," the "kyanite" indicates
    1. a distinctive mineral in the rock
    2. the degree the rock has been metamorphosed
    3. both a and b
    4. the texture of the rock
  10. In the expression "kyanite schist," the "schist" indicates
    1. a distinctive mineral in the rock
    2. the degree and rock has been metamorphosed
    3. both a and b
    4. the texture of the rock
  11. A place where rocks are probably being subjected to contact metamorphism
    1. a mile under Mount Saint Helens
    2. 15 miles beneath Japan
    3. a mile under Wisconsin
    4. 3 miles under Florida
  12. A place where rocks are probably being subjected to regional metamorphism
    1. a mile under Mount Saint Helens
    2. 15 miles beneath Japan
    3. a mile under Wisconsin
    4. 3 miles under Florida
  13. Why foliation is useful to a geologist
    1. it indicates rocks have been deformed
    2. it provides clues to the orientation of large-scale structures
    3. it provides clues to the stresses that deformed the rocks
    4. all of the above
  14. A foliated rock is foliated
    1. parallel to bedding planes
    2. parallel to the greatest compression
    3. at right angles to the greatest compression
    4. at right angles to the direction of stretching
  15. Pressure exerted equally in all directions on rocks in the crust is:
    1. differential
    2. shear
    3. directional
    4. none of these
    5. lithostatic
  16. In which type of metamorphism are magmatic heat and fluids the primary agents of change?
    1. contact
    2. local
    3. dynamic
    4. thermodynamic
    5. regional
  17. Concentric metamorphic zones surrounding an igneous intrusion are:
    1. metamorphic layers
    2. hydrothermal regions
    3. thermodynamic rings
    4. none of these
    5. aureoles
  18. Which of the following is not a metamorphic mineral?
    1. graphite
    2. garnet
    3. asbestos
    4. gypsum
    5. talc
  19. Which of the following is the dangerous variety of asbestos?
    1. chrysotile
    2. actinolite
    3. crocidolite
    4. anthophyllite
    5. tremolite
  20. Metamorphic rocks form a significant proportion of:
    1. shields
    2. oceanic crust
    3. coastal plains
    4. the cores of mountain ranges
    5. answers (a) and (c)
  21. Metamorphic zones:
    1. are characterized by distinctive mineral assemblages
    2. are separated from each other by isograds
    3. reflect a metamorphic grade
    4. all of these
    5. none of these
  22. To which metamorphic facies do metamorphic rocks formed under low-temperature, low-pressure conditions belong?
    1. granulite
    2. blueschist
    3. greenschist
    4. eclogite
    5. amphibolite
  23. Along what type of plate boundary is metamorphism most common?
    1. convergent
    2. mantle plume
    3. divergent
    4. static
    5. transform
  24. Which is not a stage in the diagenesis and metamorphism of coal?
    1. anthracite
    2. lignite
    3. diamond
    4. graphite
    5. bituminous
  25. Metamorphic rocks resulting from pure dynamic metamorphism are:
    1. fault breccias
    2. mylonites
    3. quartzites
    4. hornfels
    5. greenstones
  26. Which type of metamorphism produces the majority of metamorphic rocks?
    1. contact
    2. lithostatic
    3. dynamic
    4. lithospheric
    5. regional
  27. Which of the following metamorphic rocks displays a foliated texture?
    1. marble
    2. schist
    3. quartzite
    4. hornfels
    5. greenstone
  28. The metamorphic rock formed from limestone is:
    1. quartzite
    2. slate
    3. hornfels
    4. greenstone
    5. marble
  29. From which of the following rock groups can metamorphic rocks form?
    1. plutonic
    2. volcanic
    3. sedimentary
    4. all of these
    5. metamorphic
  30. Which of the following is not an agent of metamorphism?
    1. gravity
    2. fluid activity
    3. heat
    4. pressure
  31. What is the correct metamorphic sequence of increasingly coarser grain size?
    1. phyllite --> slate --> gneiss --> schist
    2. slate --> phyllite --> schist --> gneiss
    3. gneiss --> phyllite --> slate --> schist
    4. schist --> gneiss --> phyllite --> slate
    5. slate --> schist --> gneiss --> phyllite
  32. An excellent rock for billiard table tops, floor and roofing tiles, and blackboards is:
    1. marble
    2. hornfels
    3. gneiss
    4. slate
    5. phyllite
  33. Mixed rocks containing the characteristics of both igneous and high-grade metamorphic rocks are
    1. mylonites
    2. hornfels
    3. migmatites
    4. greenstones
    5. amphibolites
  34. Which is a nonfoliated rock?
    1. slate
    2. schist
    3. gneiss
    4. marble
  35. Diamond and graphite are both made of carbon but have different atomic structures and very different properties. This phenomenon is called:
    1. Isometry
    2. Polymorphism
    3. Multiphasing
    4. Homology

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