Dinosaur Ridge - Ripple Marks
In Colorado, United States
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RIPPLE MARKS are sedimentary structures (i.e. bedforms of the lower flow regime, mostly in sandy bottoms) and indicate agitation by water (currents or waves) or wind.
Ripple marks formed by water consists of two basic types - SYMMETRICAL and ASYMMETRICAL
1) Symmetrical ripple marks (also called wave-formed or bidirectional) are produced by waves or oscillating water. They have almost sinusoidal profile. These ripple marks indicate an environment with weak currents where water motion is dominated by wave oscillations (sand grains are moving in both directions, forward and backward).
2) Asymmetrical ripple marks (also called current or unidirectional) are asymmetrical in profile, with a gentle up-current slope and a steeper down-current slope. Because of this unique geometry, asymmetrical ripples in the rock record may be used to determine ancient current directions or paleocurrent directions. These ripple marks are formed in fluvial and aeolian depositional environments (sand grains are moving only in one direction).
A - symmetrical ripple marks, B - asymmetrical ripple marks
In most present-day streams, ripples will not form in sediment larger than coarse sand. Therefore, the stream beds of sand-bed streams are dominated by current ripples, while gravel-bed streams do not contain bedforms. The internal structure of ripples is a base of fine sand with coarse grains deposited on top since the size distribution of sand grains correlates to the size of the ripples. This occurs because the fine grains continue to move while the coarse grains accumulate and provide a protective barrier.
Examples of ripple marks:
Ripple marks, you can see at this location, were formed in intertidal zone along Western Interior Seaway during Late Cretaceous - Cenomanian (93–100 millions years ago)
Questions to answer (email me your answers, do NOT post them in your log):
1. What type of ripple marks can you see on Dinosaur Ridge at this location?
2. Estimate the distance between the crests of these ripple marks
FROM THE ROAD WITHOUT APPROACHING the actual marks!!!! (Precise accuracy is not required)
3. By what organism may the ripple marks have been preserved?
4. In what type of sandstone you can find the ripple marks here?
And please post a picture from earthcache location. (DO NOT INCLUDE THE SIGN IN YOU PICTURE).
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sources: Harold L. Levin, The Earth Through Time, 7th ed., Willey Interscience, 2003.
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Ripple marks 1
Ripple marks 2
types of water-formed ripple marks
Last Updated: on 5/19/2013 9:30:12 AM Pacific Daylight Time (4:30 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum