Grains: Miscellaneous Detrital Grains & Associated Rock Types
2015. "Grains: Miscellaneous Detrital Grains & Associated Rock Types", A Color Guide to the Petrography of Sandstones, Siltstones, Shales and Associated Rocks, Dana S. Ulmer-Scholle, Peter A. Scholle, Juergen Schieber, Robert J. Raine
Download citation file:
Many clastic terrigenous rocks contain variable, but in some cases substantial, amounts of primarily nondetrital constituents. These include biogenic/skeletal grains such as calcareous shells, siliceous tests, phosphatic vertebrate or invertebrate material and organic matter (from plant remains down to plankton and microbial filaments). Nonskeletal, but still biogenic grains, primarily fecal pellets, also can be abundant in some deposits, especially bioturbated ones. Other materials, such as phosphate, gypsum, green marine clays (glauconite, berthierine, chamosite) and ferrous oxides and hydroxides, are found in terrigenous deposits as minerals formed by direct precipitation, through alteration of other minerals or as detrital grains. Most of these grains, in some circumstances, can be sufficiently abundant to be the major constituents of rocks. Even where such grains are not the major rock constituent, however, it is important to recognize them and, if deemed important, one can add a descriptive adjective to any rock name (e.g., glauconitic quartz arenite or radiolarian-bearing arkosic siltstone).
Figures & Tables
AAPG Memoir 109 is designed as a practical guide for students and professionals to learn the fundamentals of microscopic examination of sandstones, mudrocks, and associated rocks. With more than 1100 color illustrations, it covers the identification of grains, textures, and structures of clastic terrigenous rocks as well as their diagenetic alteration (compaction, cementation, dissolution, and replacement) and porosity reduction or enhancement. It also provides classification diagrams for formal description of those rocks and their porosity. Although the majority of the outcrop and subsurface examples come from the United States (35 states and Puerto Rico), there are representative photographs from 32 other countries, including many from the offshore areas. The foldout birefringence chart and an included DVD with Powerpoint files of all of the petrographic images provide additional aids for instructors and students.