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How Scientists Study Earth's Interior Structure

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Why can both P and S waves travel through the mantle?

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1. How do we know that seismic waves have reached a new layer in the Earth's interior?

2. Which of Earth's layers are liquid?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The scientific study of the Earth's interior structure is enabled by the utilization of two types of energy waves. This quiz and worksheet combination will help you test your understanding of how scientists use these waves to study the interior of the Earth. These practice questions on the quiz will help you understand how scientists use waves to study the layers of the Earth

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Your understanding of P waves and how they are different
  • How seismic waves are used to study the interior of the Earth
  • The various layers of the Earth and their respective compositions
  • Tools that scientists use to study the interior of the Earth

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the pertinent information on the study of the interior structure of the Earth
  • Making connections - use your understanding of waves and wave structure to examine how they are used to study the interior structure of the Earth
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson such as P waves and understand why these different waves are used by scientists

Additional Learning

To learn more about the study of the interior structure of the Earth, review the accompanying lesson How Scientists Study Earth's Interior Structure. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the types of waves that scientists use to study the interior structure of the Earth
  • Differentiate between the types of waves, namely the characteristics that make them useful in studying certain portions of the interior structure of the Earth
  • Understand how scientists use seismographs and seismograms
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