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2017 National Schools Geology Challenge Quick Fire Quiz!

quiz pictureLast week we hosted the finals of the annual National Schools Geology Challenge. The culmination of the competition involved a high-powered, competitive quiz round written by Pete Loader chair of the education committee and chief examiner in A-Level geology.

Below is the final part of the quiz, a set of quick fire ‘A-Z geology blockbuster’ questions. Why not give them a try and see how well you can do? (See the answers here!)

A – relates to or arises from the action of the wind
B – the given to the inclined zone of earthquake foci that dips beneath an island arc
C – the time interval between polarity reversals of Earth’s magnetic field
D – represents the sum of the changes to a sediment after deposition
E – the moulting process by which trilobites shed their rigid exoskeleton
F – a sedimentary sole structure that represents the flow of a turbidity current
G -an extinct marine colonial organism frequently preserved in black shales
H – is the weathering process by which a compound is broken down by its reaction to water
I – the Palaeozoic ocean believed to exist between Scotland and England/Wales
J – a surface facture within a rock showing no net displacement
K – a soft, white clay mineral used in the manufacture of paper and china
L – the appearance of a mineral surface in reflected light
M – an accumulation of rock debris that has been carried or deposited by a glacier
N – a large sheet-like body of rock that has moved more than 2 km above a thrust fault
O – a suite of uplifted and exposed oceanic lithosphere that has been emplaced onto the continent by thrusting
P – a supercontinent that existed 300 to 200 Ma
Q – represents the most recent period of geological time
R – a feature or structure from a previous rock that persists after later metamorphism
S – a large area of exposed Precambrian rocks that forms part of a tectonically stable area of continental crust known as a craton
T – a chemical limestone, precipitated by evaporation, typically around mineral springs
U – the name given to a break in a sequence of strata that represents a period of time during which no sediment was deposited
V – a small cavity in a basalt formed by the expansion of a gas bubble during solidification of the rock
W – a channel cut into an earlier deposit and later infilled by sediment
X – a foreign inclusion in an igneous rock
Y – an elongated ridge, carved mostly from weak rock by wind abrasion and common in the desert regions of Central Asia and Peru
Z – from the Jack Hills in Western Australia have been dated to 4.404 billion years; making them the oldest minerals known so far on Earth.

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  1. Pingback: 2017 National Schools Geology Challenge quick fire quiz – ANSWERS! | Geological Society of London blog

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