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Geologic Time Lesson Plans Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Radiometric dating is a method used to date rocks based on what?

Question 2 2. James needs to write a report which will describe the ups and downs of mammals in a previous time period. Why would discussing epochs make sense?

Question 3 3. Catastrophism assumes that the Earth's landscape was shaped by _____.

Question 4 4. How did the Bible influence Cuvier's view that the Earth is relatively young?

Question 5 5. Any inclusion found within sedimentary rock must be _____ that rock.

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Question 6 6. Rock Strata A contains Fossil X. It is below Rock Strata C which contains Fossil Z. Rock Strata B contains Fossil Y. It is above Rock Strata C. Which of the following is the correct order of the fossils (from oldest to youngest)?

Question 7 7. The Mesozoic Era was the Age of Dinosaurs, and the current Cenozoic Era is the Age of _____.

Question 8 8. An interface between discontinuous layers of rock is called _____.

Question 9 9. _____ bones are more likely than _____ to be scattered, trampled, weathered, and/or crushed.

Question 10 10. Which of the following types of radioactive decay does not result in a change in the number of protons and neutrons within a nucleus, but does release a lot of energy?

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Question 11 11. If two dinosaurs, one small and one large, both die in similar conditions and are both rapidly buried in the same material, which is more likely to be preserved as a fossil?

Question 12 12. The change from catastrophism to uniformitarianism made scientists decide that Earth must be _____ than previously thought.

Question 13 13. A scientist would not be able to use radiocarbon dating to find the age of which of the following samples?

Question 14 14. What kind of dating can we establish with the principle of fossil succession?

Question 15 15. The best conditions for preservation of soft tissues are _____ temperatures and _____ air.

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Question 16 16. The statement Rock A is seventeen years old is an example of _____.

Question 17 17. Today, geologists believe mostly in _____, with a little bit of _____.

Question 18 18. Rapid burial protects a deceased body from all of the following EXCEPT:

Question 19 19. Which of the following terms is used to describe the time required for a quantity to fall to half of its starting value?

Question 20 20. If Fossil A is found in a lower rock layer, and Fossil B is found in an upper rock layer, then Species A most likely _____.

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Question 21 21. An index fossil represents a species that _____.

Question 22 22. If Sedimentary Layer A occurs above Sedimentary Layer C and Sedimentary Layer B is below Sedimentary Layer C, which of the following is the correct order of the layers (from oldest to youngest)?

Question 23 23. Which of the following statements is true of radiocarbon dating?

Question 24 24. In uranium-lead dating, we see that two unstable uranium isotopes decay into stable lead isotopes. Which of the following statements is true about this decay?

Question 25 25. Hard parts are more likely to become fossilized because they are LESS likely to:

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Question 26 26. How does an eon differ from an era?

Question 27 27. The Principle of Original Horizontality applies only to _____ rocks.

Question 28 28. Scientists couldn't perform numerical dating of rocks until they discovered _____.

Question 29 29. Why do many geologists study layers of strata?

Question 30 30. In stratigraphic succession, scientists study the various _____ of rock.

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