# Cycles Of The Earth System! Trivia Questions Quiz

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Do you know what are the cycles of the earth system? A cycle in the earth's structure is an ongoing activity that circulates a common element throughout a system, and it has no beginning and no end. Some examples of the earth system's cycles include the rock cycle, the food chain, the carbon phase, the nitrogen cycle, the water cycle, and the energy cycle. This quiz is all about the processes of the earth system. Good luck.

• 1.

### Which of the following items is used to measure the temperature of the air outside?

• A.

Scale

• B.

Thermometer

• C.

Ruler

• D.

Compass

B. Thermometer
Explanation
A thermometer is used to measure the temperature of the air outside. It is a device that typically consists of a glass tube filled with a liquid (such as mercury or alcohol) that expands or contracts with temperature changes. The liquid level inside the tube rises or falls, indicating the temperature. Thermometers are commonly used in weather stations and meteorology to measure the temperature of the air outside.

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• 2.

### How long does it take for the Earth to rotate one time on its imaginary axis?

• A.

60 minutes

• B.

24 days

• C.

24 hours

• D.

1 year

C. 24 hours
Explanation
The Earth takes 24 hours to rotate one time on its imaginary axis. This rotation is what causes day and night on Earth. As the Earth rotates, different parts of the planet are exposed to the Sun's light, creating the cycle of day and night. This 24-hour rotation period is the basis for our standard measurement of time, with each day consisting of 24 hours.

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• 3.

### Darth Maul dislikes the season where the typical weather is rainy and warm. The rain washes off his red and black face paint and gets Darth Maul angry.  What is Darth Maul's least favorite season?

• A.

Winter

• B.

Spring

• C.

Summer

• D.

Fall

B. Spring
Explanation
Darth Maul's least favorite season is spring because it is the season where the typical weather is rainy and warm. The rain washes off his red and black face paint, which angers him.

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• 4.

### In the precipitation stage of the water cycle, how does the water fall back to the Earth?

• A.

Rain

• B.

Hail

• C.

Sleet

• D.

Snow

• E.

All of the above

E. All of the above
Explanation
In the precipitation stage of the water cycle, water falls back to the Earth in various forms, including rain, hail, sleet, and snow. Rain is the most common form of precipitation, occurring when water droplets in the clouds combine and become heavy enough to fall to the ground. Hail is formed when strong updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere, causing them to freeze and form ice pellets. Sleet is a mixture of rain and snow that freezes before reaching the ground, while snow forms when water vapor in the air freezes into ice crystals and falls to the Earth. Therefore, all of the mentioned options are correct explanations for how water falls back to the Earth during precipitation.

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• 5.

### You just found out there is a tornado in the area.  What should you do?

• A.

Find an indoor place to go where there are no glass windows nearby.

• B.

Go outside immediately to put away your bike and sports equipment.

• C.

Get into the "duck-and-cover" position, where you sit close to the ground and cover your head.

• D.

Explanation
In the given situation, the correct answer is to find an indoor place to go where there are no glass windows nearby and to get into the "duck-and-cover" position. This is because during a tornado, it is important to seek shelter indoors away from windows as they can shatter due to high winds and flying debris. The "duck-and-cover" position helps protect your head and neck from potential falling objects and provides some level of protection in case of a building collapse. Therefore, answers A and C are the appropriate actions to take in this situation.

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• 6.

### What type of energy comes from the sun?

• A.

Lunar energy

• B.

• C.

No energy comes from the sun

• D.

Solar energy

D. Solar energy
Explanation
Solar energy is the correct answer because the sun is a natural source of solar radiation, which is harnessed and converted into usable forms of energy such as heat and electricity. This energy is abundant and renewable, making it a sustainable and environmentally friendly option for powering various applications and technologies.

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• 7.

### Super Mario is deciding what to wear today.  He looks outside and sees that the leaves are changing color and that his neighbors have a pumpkin and scarecrow on their front porch.  What should he wear?

• A.

Long pants and a sweater

• B.

Sandals and his favorite shorts

• C.

Mittens, his heaviest coat and a scarf

• D.

Bathing suit and sunglasses

A. Long pants and a sweater
Explanation
Based on the information given, Super Mario sees that the leaves are changing color and his neighbors have a pumpkin and scarecrow on their front porch. These are all signs that the weather is getting cooler, indicating that it is not appropriate to wear sandals, shorts, a bathing suit, or sunglasses. Instead, Super Mario should wear long pants and a sweater to keep warm in the changing weather.

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• 8.

### How long does each season last?

• A.

4 months

• B.

3 months

• C.

1 year

• D.

30 days

B. 3 months
Explanation
Each season typically lasts for 3 months. This is a common understanding based on the astronomical and meteorological patterns observed on Earth. The changing of seasons is primarily caused by the tilt of Earth's axis and its orbit around the Sun. As Earth orbits the Sun, different parts of the planet receive varying amounts of sunlight, leading to the distinct seasons. These seasons, namely spring, summer, autumn, and winter, are generally considered to last for approximately 3 months each.

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• 9.

### What can be seen in the night sky?

• A.

Sun

• B.

Moon

• C.

Stars

• D.

Rainbows

• E.

Explanation
In the night sky, we can see the moon and stars. The sun is not visible at night as it is on the opposite side of the Earth. Rainbows, on the other hand, are formed by the refraction and reflection of sunlight through water droplets in the atmosphere, typically seen during the day after rainfall. Therefore, the correct answer is B and C, which are the moon and stars.

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• 10.

### What is the difference between a tornado and a hurricane?

• A.

A hurricane is more dangerous than a tornado

• B.

A hurricane starts over a large body of water like the ocean or gulf

• C.

A tornado starts over a large body of water like the ocean or gulf

• D.

You can play outside in a hurricane

B. A hurricane starts over a large body of water like the ocean or gulf
Explanation
A hurricane starts over a large body of water like the ocean or gulf. This is the main difference between a tornado and a hurricane. Tornadoes, on the other hand, typically form over land. While both tornadoes and hurricanes are dangerous weather phenomena, the fact that hurricanes develop over water allows them to gather more energy and moisture, making them generally larger and more destructive than tornadoes.

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• 11.

### The Earth spins on its imaginary axis from ___________ to _____________.

• A.

South to East

• B.

North to South

• C.

East to West

• D.

West to East

C. East to West
Explanation
The Earth spins on its imaginary axis from east to west. This means that as the Earth rotates, the sun appears to rise in the east and set in the west. This rotation of the Earth on its axis is what causes day and night.

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• 12.

### The students in Mrs. H and Ms. R's class are learning about the weather and climate. They have invited a guest speaker to come to their class to help teach this lesson.  Who might they invite?

• A.

An electrician

• B.

A meteorologist

• C.

The principal

• D.

A chef

B. A meteorologist
Explanation
The students in Mrs. H and Ms. R's class are learning about the weather and climate. To enhance their understanding and knowledge on this topic, they would invite a meteorologist as a guest speaker. A meteorologist is an expert in the field of weather and climate, and they would be able to provide valuable insights, information, and real-life examples to the students. The meteorologist can explain various weather phenomena, climate patterns, and the tools and techniques used in weather forecasting. This guest speaker would greatly contribute to the students' learning experience and help them grasp the concepts better.

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• 13.

### What is climate?

• A.

The average weather of a place over a long period of time.

• B.

A scientist who studies the weather.

• C.

A type of weather with very strong winds with thunder and lightening.

• D.

An example of a natural wonder.

A. The average weather of a place over a long period of time.
Explanation
The correct answer is "The average weather of a place over a long period of time." This answer accurately defines climate as the long-term patterns of weather conditions in a specific region. It emphasizes the idea that climate represents the average conditions experienced in an area over an extended period, rather than short-term variations.

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• 14.

### The weather changes from day to day.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
The statement "The weather changes from day to day" is true because weather conditions are not constant and can vary from one day to another. Factors such as temperature, precipitation, wind speed, and cloud cover can all change within a 24-hour period. This variability is caused by various atmospheric dynamics, including the movement of air masses, the influence of weather systems, and the interaction between the Earth's surface and the atmosphere. Therefore, it is accurate to say that the weather is not fixed and can fluctuate on a daily basis.

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• 15.

### Luigi and Super Mario love the season where flowers are blooming.  What is their favorite season?

• A.

Winter

• B.

Spring

• C.

Summer

• D.

Fall

B. Spring
Explanation
Luigi and Super Mario love the season where flowers are blooming. This suggests that their favorite season is likely Spring, as it is the time when flowers start to bloom and nature becomes vibrant again after the winter season.

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• 16.

### Why do seasons change?

• A.

Because the climate changes.

• B.

Because the moon orbits around the sun's imaginary axis.

• C.

Because it is part of the water cycle.

• D.

Because the Earth orbits around the sun as it spins on its axis.

D. Because the Earth orbits around the sun as it spins on its axis.
Explanation
Seasons change because the Earth orbits around the sun as it spins on its axis. This movement causes different parts of the Earth to receive varying amounts of sunlight throughout the year, resulting in changes in temperature and weather patterns. As the Earth orbits the sun, its tilt also causes the angle at which sunlight reaches different parts of the planet to change, further contributing to the seasonal variations.

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• 17.

### Sponge Bob is inside his house because there is dangerous weather outside.  He hears very strong winds.  The ground shakes with thunder.  Lightning flashes through the sky.  Sponge Bob does not live near a large body of water. What type of weather is this describing?

• A.

A Springtime rainstorm

• B.

• C.

A Hurricane

• D.

A Blizzard

Explanation
The description of strong winds, thunder, and lightning suggests a tornado. Tornadoes are characterized by violent and destructive winds, often accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning. The fact that Sponge Bob does not live near a large body of water rules out a hurricane, which typically forms over the ocean. A blizzard is a snowstorm, which is not mentioned in the description. Therefore, the most fitting type of weather described is a tornado.

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• 18.

### What is the process of changing from a liquid to a gas?

• A.

Condensation

• B.

Elaboration

• C.

Accumulation

• D.

Evaporation

D. Evaporation
Explanation
Evaporation is the process of changing from a liquid to a gas. It occurs when the molecules of a substance gain enough energy to break free from their liquid state and become a gas. This process usually happens at the surface of a liquid, where the molecules with the highest energy escape into the air. Evaporation is influenced by factors such as temperature, surface area, and air movement. It is a crucial part of the water cycle and plays a significant role in cooling processes and the formation of clouds.

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• 19.

### How many parts are in the water cycle?

• A.

4

• B.

3

• C.

5

• D.

2

A. 4
Explanation
The water cycle consists of four main parts: evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection. Evaporation occurs when water changes from a liquid to a gas, condensation is the process of water vapor turning into liquid droplets, precipitation is when water falls from the atmosphere to the Earth's surface in the form of rain, snow, sleet, or hail, and collection refers to the gathering of water in bodies such as lakes, rivers, and oceans. Therefore, the correct answer is 4.

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• 20.

### A ____________ is a process that happens over and over again.

• A.

Natural wonder

• B.

Decidious forest

• C.

Cycle

• D.

Hurricane

C. Cycle
Explanation
A cycle is a process that happens over and over again. It implies a repetitive pattern or sequence of events. In the context of the given options, a natural wonder, deciduous forest, and hurricane do not necessarily involve repetitive processes. However, a cycle, by definition, involves a repeated series of events or actions.

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• 21.

### The weather has been rainy for several weeks, so the kids have had inside the recess.  Finally, the weather stops raining, but the kids are still not able to play outside on the playground. The kids look outside and notice on the far side of the playground, there is a giant puddle of water left from all of the precipitation. The giant puddle of stored rainwater describes what part of the water cycle?

• A.

Accumulation

• B.

Precipitation

• C.

Condensation

• D.

Evaporation

A. Accumulation
Explanation
The giant puddle of water left from the rain is an example of accumulation in the water cycle. Accumulation refers to the process of water collecting or gathering in large quantities, such as in lakes, rivers, or puddles, after precipitation. In this case, the continuous rainy weather has resulted in the accumulation of water in the form of a giant puddle on the playground.

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• 22.

### What part of the water cycle is when water vapor changes into a liquid?

• A.

Evaporation

• B.

Condensation

• C.

Precipitation

• D.

Accumulation

B. Condensation
Explanation
Condensation is the correct answer because it refers to the process in the water cycle where water vapor, which is a gaseous form of water, cools down and changes into a liquid form. This occurs when the temperature of the air decreases, causing the water vapor to lose energy and form water droplets or ice crystals. Condensation is an essential step in the water cycle as it leads to the formation of clouds, fog, and dew, which eventually results in precipitation.

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• 23.

### K spilled two drops of water on the table before he went to bed.  When he woke up, he noticed that the two drops of water were no longer there.  What happened to the water drops?

• A.

The water drops accumulated on the table.

• B.

The water drops evaporated.

• C.

The magical cleaning fairy wiped up the water drops.

• D.

The water drops condensed.

B. The water drops evaporated.
Explanation
The most likely explanation for the water drops no longer being on the table is that they evaporated. When water is exposed to air, it gradually turns into vapor and disappears. This process is called evaporation. Given that the drops were left on the table overnight, it is reasonable to assume that they had enough time to evaporate.

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• 24.

### What is the correct sequence of the water cycle?

• A.

Precipitation - Condensation - Evaporation - Accumulation

• B.

Condensation - Accumulation - Precipitation - Evaporation

• C.

Accumulation - Precipitation - Condensation - Tornado

• D.

Evaporation - Condensation - Precipitation - Accumulation

D. Evaporation - Condensation - Precipitation - Accumulation
Explanation
The correct sequence of the water cycle starts with evaporation, where water changes from a liquid to a gas and rises into the atmosphere. Then, condensation occurs as the water vapor cools and forms water droplets, creating clouds. Next, precipitation happens when the water droplets in the clouds combine and become heavy enough to fall to the ground as rain, snow, sleet, or hail. Finally, accumulation takes place as the precipitation collects in bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, and oceans, completing the water cycle.

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• 25.

### K's mom is cooking a pot of her delicious chili.  Steam is rising from the hot chili in the pot.  K's mom decides to put a dry lid on the pot of chili for a few minutes.  When she removed the lid, the bottom of the lid was all wet.  Why did the lid get wet?

• A.

The steam from the chili touched the lid and condensed.

• B.

The steam from the chili touched the lid and evaporated.

• C.

K and his brother C were playing with water squirters in the kitchen, got everything wet and ruined the delicious chili.

A. The steam from the chili touched the lid and condensed.
Explanation
When the lid was placed on the pot, the steam from the hot chili came into contact with the cooler lid. This caused the steam to lose heat energy and turn back into liquid water, a process known as condensation. As a result, the bottom of the lid became wet.

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