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Geology and Tectonics: a quiz

This is a quiz to test your knowledge of what is under your feet – not the carpet or floorboards but the planet that we all inhabit. Geology is the study of rocks and tectonics is the science that studies and explains the processes by which the rocks came to be where they are, as well as the structures and shapes of the continents and oceans. How well will you do?

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    What is the Mohorovicic Discontinuity?

    • The boundary between the Earth’s Crust and Mantle
    • An earthquake zone in Russia
    • A gap in the fossil record
    • The boundary between the Precambrian and Cambrian geologic eras
  • Question of

    The Burgess Shale is renowned for its abundant ancient fossil beds. Where is it?

    • United States
    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Scotland
  • Question of

    The San Andreas Fault is an example of what?

    • A strike-slip fault
    • A thrust fault
    • A reverse-thrust fault
    • An oblique-slip fault
  • Question of

    The mid-Atlantic Ridge is evidence that the Atlantic Ocean is doing what?

    • Getting deeper
    • Getting shallower
    • Getting narrower
    • Getting wider
  • Question of

    Which of these is NOT a metamorphic rock?

    • Schist
    • Gneiss
    • Granite
    • Granulite
  • Question of

    Which is the largest of Earth’s tectonic plates?

    • North American
    • South American
    • African
    • Eurasian
  • Question of

    The Great Alpine Fault is clearly visible in which country?

    • Switzerland
    • Austria
    • Croatia
    • New Zealand
  • Question of

    Earth’s core is probably composed mainly of which element?

    • Nickel
    • Iron
    • Lead
    • Sulfur
  • Question of

    Orogenesis is better known as what?

    • Volcanology
    • Mountain building
    • Earthquake prediction
    • Undersea mining
  • Question of

    Which of these geologic periods was the most recent?

    • Jurassic
    • Devonian
    • Triassic
    • Silurian

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