Geologic Time Scale Test! Trivia Quiz

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Geologic Time Scale Quizzes & Trivia

If you want a geologic time scale test, this trivia quiz is exactly what you need. The earth has undergone a lot of changes since it was formed and a person who is well capable of telling you about this changes needs to have a proper understanding of time scales and events associated with them. Are you this type of person? Take up the quiz and keep a yes in mind if you get to answer all the questions right.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    All of the following show examples of relative ages EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Melissa is much older than Scott.

    • B. 

      Rachel is younger than Wes, but the same age as Donna.

    • C. 

      Sara is several years younger than Anthony.

    • D. 

      Tommy is 10 years old.

  • 2. 
    An extrusion occurs when ____________ hardens on the Earth’s surface.
    • A. 

      The remains of an organism.

    • B. 

      Lava

    • C. 

      Magma

    • D. 

      Fossils

  • 3. 
    In the picture, the arrow is pointing to a(n):
    • A. 

      Fault

    • B. 

      Unconformity

    • C. 

      Intrusion

    • D. 

      Extrusion

  • 4. 
    Layer I is the oldest rock layer. Which geologic principle verifies this information?
    • A. 

      Principle of Horizontality

    • B. 

      Principle of Superposition

    • C. 

      Principle of Extrusion

    • D. 

      Principle of Inclusion

  • 5. 
    List the layers and geologic processes from oldest to youngest.
    • A. 

      B, I, F, H, R, M

    • B. 

      R, M, H, F, B, I

    • C. 

      I, B, F, M, H, R

    • D. 

      H, R, M, F, B, I

  • 6. 
    A gap in the geologic record that formed when sedimentary rocks cover an eroded surface is called:
    • A. 

      Intrusion

    • B. 

      Unconformity

    • C. 

      Fault

    • D. 

      Extrusion

  • 7. 
    The geologic time scale is divided into _______________ based on changes in flora and fauna:
    • A. 

      Relative ages

    • B. 

      Absolute ages

    • C. 

      Unconformities

    • D. 

      Eras and periods

  • 8. 
    Scratches and scouring in rocks is most likely evidence of which geologic event?
    • A. 

      Volcano

    • B. 

      Meteorite

    • C. 

      Flood

    • D. 

      Ice Age

  • 9. 
    Many scientists believe that the extinction of the dinosaurs was mostly the result of a meteorite hitting the Earth. What evidence supports this theory?
    • A. 

      Large crater found in Mexico.

    • B. 

      Samples of dinosaur lungs in fossils.

    • C. 

      Existence of insects during the Triassic period.

    • D. 

      Fossils found in the top layer of the Grand Canyon.

  • 10. 
    Which of the following would NOT be evidence of an Ice Age?
    • A. 

      Rock scouring

    • B. 

      Valley formation

    • C. 

      Carbon dioxide in ice core samples

    • D. 

      Moraines

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