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coccolithophores, diatomaceous ooze, foraminiferans, siliceous ooze, stromatolites

biogenous sediment

halite, manganese nodules, metal sulfides, oolites

hydrogenous sediment


cosmogenous sediment


depth at which all carbonate is in solution

ice rafting

associated with glacial deposits


depth at which carbonate begins to dissolve


associated with deep sea fans

Wentworth Scale

particle size classification

Texture refers to the size and shape of sediment particles.

Texture refers to the size and shape of sediment particles.


Sediments derived from weathered rock and volcanic activity are called biogenous sediments.


Beach sand is usually well sorted.


A glacial deposit is well sorted.


A well sorted sand deposit with rounded particles might be called immature.


The Wentworth scale is used to determine the amount of sorting in a sediment deposit.


Calcareous shells will not accumulate on the ocean floor when the water depth exceeds about 4500 meters (around 15,000 feet).


The deposition of radiolarian oozes is affected by the carbonate compensation depth.


Radiolarian oozes form near the equator.


Phosphate nodules are found on the continental shelf.


Organisms that live on the ocean floor may be responsible for keeping manganese nodules from being buried in the sediment.


The major force bringing continental sediments to the open ocean far from land is:

large particles such as gravel

High energy environments are most likely to contain which one of the following?

a glacier.

Sediments that are poorly sorted and made of a variety of minerals could have been deposited by:


Which of the following contains calcium carbonate (CaCO3)?


Which of the following contains silica (SiO2)?


Sediments derived from preexisting rocks are called:


Sediments produced by organisms in the sea called:


Sediments produced as a result of chemical reactions in seawater are called:


Sediments with an extraterrestrial origin are called:

diatom ooze.

All the following are lithogenous sediments except:

1 & 5

Sediments that are derived primarily from the weathering of continental material are indicated by the number(s):

2, 3, & 4

Biogenous sediments are indicated by the number(s)


Calcareous oozes are represented by the number(s);

2 & 3

The sediments that are produced in areas of high primary productivity are indicated by the number(s):

hydrogenous sediment

Manganese nodules are an example of a:


All the following are hydrogenous sediments except:


The element found in some sediments that suggests that a meteorite or asteroid impact occurred nearby is:

abyssal plain far from a continent.

The most likely place to find abundant manganese nodules is on the:

intermediate to shallow depth water.

In contrast to manganese nodules, which form on the abyssal plain, phosphate-rich nodules form in:


Sediments found on continental margins are called:

rock and gravel than in tropical waters.

In general, polar neritic sediment has more:

less than 30% biogenous material

A pelagic clay contains material that settles to the seafloor through the water column and is:

fecal pellets

An important way to increase the settling rate of fine biogenous particles in the open ocean is via:

calcareous, oolites, diatoms,
tektites, coarse lithogenous sediment

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