Geology Trivia Questions

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Geology Quizzes & Trivia

It is a common belief that Mars can accommodate human life but some people are still skeptical about that. The Geology trivia questions below are designed to test your understanding on geology of Mars including volcanoes, canyons, dust storms, and climatic changes to the atmosphere. Take it up and see if you should hit the books a little harder or you are as smart as you think.


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  • 1. 
    What is the name of any body of igneous rock named for the Roman god of the underworld?
    • A. 

      Baccian

    • B. 

      Quirinum

    • C. 

      Pluton

    • D. 

      Minervan

  • 2. 
    What is the name of the fossil resin that is often used in jewelry making?
    • A. 

      Quartz

    • B. 

      Amber

    • C. 

      Opal

    • D. 

      Turquoise

  • 3. 
    What are solids contained in the gas that issues from a volcano called?
    • A. 

      Tephra

    • B. 

      Tuff

    • C. 

      Scoria

    • D. 

      Tuya

  • 4. 
    What type of fault is the San Andreas Fault?
    • A. 

      Sliding

    • B. 

      Reverse

    • C. 

      Strike-Slip

    • D. 

      Normal

  • 5. 
    What type of speleothems found in limestone caves grow upward from the floor?
    • A. 

      Stalactites

    • B. 

      Helictites

    • C. 

      Stalagmites

    • D. 

      Cones

  • 6. 
    Which of these islands is not considered a "hot spot", according to plate tectonic theory?
    • A. 

      Iceland

    • B. 

      Hawaii

    • C. 

      Jamaica

    • D. 

      Galapagos Islands

  • 7. 
    Who published the groundbreaking book "Principles of Geology" in 1830?
    • A. 

      William Branwhite Clarke

    • B. 

      James Dwight Dana

    • C. 

      Alexandre Brongniart

    • D. 

      Sir Charles Lyell

  • 8. 
    To tell how many times a glacier has flowed, what should be counted?
    • A. 

      Terminal Moraines

    • B. 

      Sideral Moraines

    • C. 

      Recessional Moraines

    • D. 

      Lateral Moraines

  • 9. 
    Which earthquake energy waves travel the fastest?
    • A. 

      L

    • B. 

      C

    • C. 

      P

    • D. 

      S

  • 10. 
    Which earthquake energy wave causes the most damage?
    • A. 

      S

    • B. 

      L

    • C. 

      C

    • D. 

      P

  • 11. 
    Which of the following minerals is most susceptible to damage caused by water?
    • A. 

      Corundum

    • B. 

      Topaz

    • C. 

      Fluorite

    • D. 

      Opal

  • 12. 
    The Jurassic period was found in which era?
    • A. 

      Mesozoic

    • B. 

      Cenozoic

    • C. 

      Paleozoic

    • D. 

      Archaeozoic

  • 13. 
    Which mineral is usually found with gold?
    • A. 

      Pyrite

    • B. 

      Calcite

    • C. 

      Apatite

    • D. 

      Magnetite

  • 14. 
    Which is not an igneous rock?
    • A. 

      Schist

    • B. 

      Basalt

    • C. 

      Diorite

    • D. 

      Granite

  • 15. 
    Besides Wyoming, where else in the world would one find active geysers?
    • A. 

      Australia

    • B. 

      New Zealand

    • C. 

      Japan

    • D. 

      Indonesia