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March 28th
Questions
  • What is the term for the study of the physical and chemical properties of rocks and minerals?
  • Which type of earthquake waves are the fastest, arriving first at a seismograph station?
  • What is the term for the bending of waves as they pass from one medium to another?
  • Which mineral, composed of calcium carbonate, is the main constituent of limestone rocks?
  • What is the term for the process of rock fragments being transported and deposited by wind, water, or ice?

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March 13th
Questions
  • What is the term for the process of rocks breaking down into smaller pieces through exposure to water, wind, or ice, without changing their chemical composition?
  • Which type of rock is formed from the cooling and solidification of molten rock beneath the Earth's surface?
  • What is the term for the process of soil being carried away by water, wind, or ice, usually due to gravity?
  • Which geological feature is a large depression in the ground caused by a collapse or a volcanic eruption?
  • What is the term for a crack in a rock mass along which there has been no movement?

Hard

September 11th
Questions
  • What is the estimated thickness of the ice crust on the surface of Europa?
  • Which geological feature on Europa suggests the presence of a subsurface ocean?
  • What is the approximate salinity of the subsurface ocean on Europa?
  • Which of the following is NOT a potential source of energy for life on Europa?
  • What type of terrain dominates the surface of Europa?

Hard

August 28th
Questions
  • What is the term for the process of rock layers bending and curving due to tectonic forces?
  • Which mineral is the main component of granite?
  • What is the process called when a river deposits sediment on the inside curve of a meander?
  • Which type of rock is formed from the metamorphism of limestone?
  • What is the term for the process of soil being carried away by water?

Medium

August 6th
Questions
  • What term is used to describe the process of rocks or minerals breaking down into smaller pieces due to exposure to water, wind, or ice?
  • Which type of rock is formed from the cooling and solidification of magma or lava?
  • What is the term for the process of transforming existing rock into a new rock through heat and pressure?
  • What scale is used to measure the intensity of earthquakes?

Medium

August 6th
Questions
  • What is the term for the process of soil or rock being worn away by the action of water, wind, or ice?
  • Which type of rock is formed by the cooling and solidification of molten rock?
  • What is the term for the process of transforming existing rock into a new rock through heat and pressure?

Medium

August 6th
Questions
  • What is the process by which rocks are broken down into smaller pieces called?
  • Which type of rock is formed from the accumulation and consolidation of sediments?
  • What is the term for the process by which rocks are changed by heat and pressure?
  • What is the term for a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust, resulting in seismic waves?

Medium

July 31st
Questions
  • What is the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth?
  • What type of rock is formed from cooled lava?
  • What is the study of the Earth's interior and its rocks called?

Medium

July 31st
Questions
  • Which type of rock is formed from the cooling and solidification of magma or lava?
  • What is the scale used to measure the hardness of minerals?
  • What process involves the breakdown of rocks and minerals on Earth's surface?