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Volcano Quizzes & Trivia

Quiz to determine knowledge of volcanoes. Types, locations, and eruptions are covered.


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  • 1. 
    The ancient Greeks believed volcanoes were the gods showing their power. What have scientists learned about volcanoes?
    • A. 

      They really are related to supernatural activity

    • B. 

      They are tunnels leading to the center of the Earth

    • C. 

      They are always caused by transform plate boundaries

    • D. 

      They are vents in the crust that let out molten rock, steam, and debris

  • 2. 
    The negative aspects of volcanoes are obvious in that they can cause much destruction and death, however there are positive aspects of volcanic eruptions.  What are they?
    • A. 

      Volcanoes provide valuable mineral deposits and fertilize the land.

    • B. 

      Volcanoes can provide geothermal energy.

    • C. 

      Volcanoes build new land in places like Hawaii.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 3. 
    Most volcanoes occur
    • A. 

      At tectonic plate boundaries.

    • B. 

      In high, folded mountain ranges.

    • C. 

      In the mid atlantic ridge.

    • D. 

      In the middle of tectonic plates.

  • 4. 
    90% of the worlds volcanoes occur in a region known as
    • A. 

      The Bad Lands

    • B. 

      The Ring of Fire

    • C. 

      The Cascade Mountains

    • D. 

      The Mid Atlantic Ridge

  • 5. 
    Island Arc volcanoes occur in the ocean when crust is subducted at
    • A. 

      A divergent boundary lets magma rise to the surface forming new land.

    • B. 

      A convergent boundary, melting part which rises back up forming volcanoes.

    • C. 

      A transform boundary which causes earthquakes that crack the earth letting magma out.

    • D. 

      The center of a plate where magma melts its way through the crust forming a volcano.

  • 6. 
    Hot spot volcanoes like Hawaii occur at
    • A. 

      A divergent boundary lets magma rise to the surface forming new land.

    • B. 

      A convergent boundary, melting part which rises back up forming volcanoes.

    • C. 

      A transform boundary which causes earthquakes that crack the earth letting magma out.

    • D. 

      The center of a plate where magma melts its way through the crust forming a volcano.

  • 7. 
    Spreading center volcanoes have flowing lava that occurs when
    • A. 

      A divergent boundary lets magma rise to the surface forming new land.

    • B. 

      A convergent boundary, melting part which rises back up forming volcanoes.

    • C. 

      A transform boundary which causes earthquakes that crack the earth letting magma out.

    • D. 

      The center of a plate where magma melts its way through the crust forming a volcano.

  • 8. 
    Subduction zone volcanoes occur when one plate is pushed down into the mantle by another at a convergent boundary.  This causes
    • A. 

      Rock layers to bend and break making folded mountain ranges

    • B. 

      Melted rock to come up through the crust forming volcanoes.

    • C. 

      Strike slip faults that cause many earthquakes and volcanic rifts.

    • D. 

      Spreading centers where magma rises to the surface pushing plates apart.

  • 9. 
    Cinder cone volcanoes are
    • A. 

      Large, steep volcanoes created by explosive eruptions that alternate with more gentle flows of lava.

    • B. 

      Created by gentle flowing lava eruptions that build a shallow cone around the vent.

    • C. 

      Created by repeated explosive eruptions that pile up cinders around the vent.

    • D. 

      Created by random explosive or fountain eruptions, mostly at divergent boundaries.

  • 10. 
    Strata, or composite volcanoes are
    • A. 

      Large, steep volcanoes created by explosive eruptions that alternate with more gentle flows of lava.

    • B. 

      Created by gentle flowing lava eruptions that build a shallow cone around the vent.

    • C. 

      Created by repeated explosive eruptions that pile up cinders around the vent.

    • D. 

      Created by random explosive or fountain eruptions, mostly at divergent boundaries.

  • 11. 
    Shield volcanoes like Kilaueau are
    • A. 

      Large, steep volcanoes created by explosive eruptions that alternate with more gentle flows of lava.

    • B. 

      Created by gentle flowing lava eruptions that build a shallow cone around the vent.

    • C. 

      Created by repeated explosive eruptions that pile up cinders around the vent.

    • D. 

      Created by random explosive or fountain eruptions, mostly at divergent boundaries.

  • 12. 
    Volcanoes with LOW amounts of dissolved gas and LOW amounts of silica in the magma tend to be
    • A. 

      Extremely explosive

    • B. 

      Sometimes explosive and sometimes more gentle

    • C. 

      More gentle, with flowing lava

    • D. 

      Unpredictible, with any kind of eruption.

  • 13. 
    Volcanoes with HIGH amounts of dissolved gas and HIGH amounts of silica in the magma tend to be
    • A. 

      Extremely explosive

    • B. 

      Sometimes explosive and sometimes more gentle

    • C. 

      More gentle, with flowing lava

    • D. 

      Unpredictible, with any kind of eruption.

  • 14. 
    Pyroclastic flows come from volcanoes with high amounts of gas and silica.  These flows are
    • A. 

      Mostly made up of fluid, flowing lava that runs downhill.

    • B. 

      Really piles of cinders that roll down the slope and pile up at the bottom.

    • C. 

      Very fine dust particles that just float into the air.

    • D. 

      Hard fragments of rock and ash that roll down the volcano and are extremely dangerous.

  • 15. 
    Volcanoes that are currently erupting are said to be active.  Volcanoes that are not erupting, but that could be expected to erupt again are
    • A. 

      Extinct

    • B. 

      Subducting

    • C. 

      Inactive

    • D. 

      Dormant