Weathering Practice Quiz! Trivia Questions

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Weathering Practice Quiz! Trivia Questions

Weathering explains the breaking down or dissolving of rock and minerals on the surface of the earth. Water, ice, acids, salts, plants, animals, and temperature changes are all presentations of weathering. Weathering and erosion frequently change the rocky landscape of the earth. Weathering is frequently the first step in the production of soils. If you want to know more about weathering, try this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Weathering is the process that
    • A. 

      Carries material to a new location

    • B. 

      Breaks material down

    • C. 

      Presses material together

    • D. 

      Glues material together

  • 2. 
    Mechanical weathering is also known as
    • A. 

      Philanthropic weathering

    • B. 

      Machine weathering

    • C. 

      Physical weathering

    • D. 

      Chemical weathering

  • 3. 
    Mechanical weathering is the
    • A. 

      Breakdown of rock into smaller pieces by physical means

    • B. 

      Breakdown of rock into smaller pieces by chemical means

    • C. 

      Breakdown of rock into smaller pieces by acid

    • D. 

      Carrying away of sediment

  • 4. 
    When water freezes it
    • A. 

      Shrinks

    • B. 

      Turns blue

    • C. 

      Expands

    • D. 

      Gives off a gas

  • 5. 
    Ice wedging is when
    • A. 

      Ice is used to wedge open a container

    • B. 

      A chemical reaction takes place between water and the rock

    • C. 

      Rain creates pockets in a rock

    • D. 

      Ice expands causing cracks to widen

  • 6. 
    Ice wedging is an example of
    • A. 

      Erosion

    • B. 

      Chemical weathering

    • C. 

      Chemical abrasion

    • D. 

      Mechanical weathering

  • 7. 
    Wind abrasion is most likely to happen
    • A. 

      In a wet location

    • B. 

      In a forest

    • C. 

      In a desert

    • D. 

      In a river

  • 8. 
    Wind blown sand hitting a rock and slowly wearing it away is an example of
    • A. 

      Physical weathering

    • B. 

      Chemical weathering

    • C. 

      Mechanical erosion

    • D. 

      Chemical erosion

  • 9. 
    A ventifact is
    • A. 

      A smooth river rock

    • B. 

      A rock worn away by acid precipitation

    • C. 

      A rock worn away by wind

    • D. 

      A type of rock that weathers easily by acid precipitation

  • 10. 
    A mushroom rock forms because
    • A. 

      Water only hits the lower part of it

    • B. 

      Wind blown sand only can reach the lower part of it

    • C. 

      Of stalactites forming in a cave

    • D. 

      Of oxidation

  • 11. 
    Gravity abrasion happens when
    • A. 

      Waterfalls wear away at the rocks under them

    • B. 

      Water falls to the earth as precipitation and hits exposed rock

    • C. 

      Rocks roll along the bottom of a river

    • D. 

      Rocks fall down and scrape against other rocks

  • 12. 
    If you saw a crack in the road in the winter that was not there the month before, it most likely formed by
    • A. 

      Plants

    • B. 

      Ice wedging

    • C. 

      Water abrasion

    • D. 

      Acid precipitation

  • 13. 
    Smooth and round rocks most likely formed because of
    • A. 

      A river

    • B. 

      Acid precipitation

    • C. 

      Wind

    • D. 

      Oxidation

  • 14. 
    Water abrasion happens when
    • A. 

      Water gets in a crack and freezes

    • B. 

      Acidic groundwater slowly eats a hole in the surrounding rock

    • C. 

      Water slowly drips from icicles

    • D. 

      Rocks and sediment rub and scratch against each other in a river or ocean

  • 15. 
    Seeing a tree growing out of a rock would cause
    • A. 

      Chemical weathering

    • B. 

      Mechanical weathering

    • C. 

      Physical erosion

    • D. 

      Compaction

  • 16. 
    Can moles burrowing in the ground cause weathering?  If so, what type?
    • A. 

      No they can't

    • B. 

      Yes, chemical weathering

    • C. 

      Yes, mechanical weathering

    • D. 

      Yes, both chemical and mechanical

  • 17. 
    Chemical weathering is when
    • A. 

      Rock is broken down by chemical reactions

    • B. 

      Rock is broken down by physical means

    • C. 

      Rock is broken down by salts

    • D. 

      Rock is carried away by acid

  • 18. 
    Can acid rain burn your skin?
    • A. 

      Yes, all the time

    • B. 

      No

    • C. 

      Only sometimes

  • 19. 
    Acid precipitation and acid in groundwater weather what two types of rock the most?
    • A. 

      Limestone and shale

    • B. 

      Limestone and obsidian

    • C. 

      Marble and shale

    • D. 

      Marble and limestone

  • 20. 
    Rocks that have _________________ are more likely to be weathered by acid.
    • A. 

      Fossils

    • B. 

      Carbon monoxide

    • C. 

      Calcium carbonate

    • D. 

      Salts

  • 21. 
    Acid precipitation is an example of
    • A. 

      Mechanical breakdown

    • B. 

      Chemical weathering

    • C. 

      Physical weathering

    • D. 

      Acidifica weathering

  • 22. 
    Acids in groundwater can
    • A. 

      Create caves

    • B. 

      Cause mountains to form

    • C. 

      Cause plants to grow

    • D. 

      Create salt lakes

  • 23. 
    Lichens growing on a rock would cause
    • A. 

      Mechanical weathering

    • B. 

      Chemical weathering

    • C. 

      Caves to form

    • D. 

      Abrasion

  • 24. 
    How do lichens weather a rock?
    • A. 

      Their roots grow into the rock

    • B. 

      They produce a weak acid

    • C. 

      They oxidize the rock

    • D. 

      They cause the rock to freeze more easily

  • 25. 
    Oxidation is an example of
    • A. 

      Chemical weathering

    • B. 

      Cementation

    • C. 

      Physical weathering

    • D. 

      Abrasive weathering