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Michigan Merit Exam: Earth's Interior Structure Chapter Exam

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

Question 2 2. How does the inner core differ from the outer core?

Question 3 3. Which of these is NOT a type of rock present in continental crust?

Question 4 4. What is the cause of earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountains on Earth?

Question 5 5. How is continental crust formed?

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Question 6 6. Why is the inner core solid?

Question 7 7. Which of Earth's interior layers is liquid iron?

Question 8 8. Which parts of the Earth are contained in the lithosphere?

Question 9 9. What makes the continental crust 'continental'?

Question 10 10. Oceanic crust sinks because ______.

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Question 11 11. What is the pressure (in atmospheres) at the TOP of the Earth's continental crust?

Question 12 12. How do magnetic field 'stripes' show that the oceanic crust is moving?

Question 13 13. Volcanic eruptions that produce flows of basalt tend to be more ______ than eruptions that produce igneous rock.

Question 14 14. The average thickness of the oceanic crust is ______.

Question 15 15. Mid-ocean ridges are places where ______.

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Question 16 16. What happens to P waves when they reach the outer core?

Question 17 17. How does the mantle differ from the crust?

Question 18 18. Why can both P and S waves travel through the mantle?

Question 19 19. If scientists can ONLY detect P waves in a certain layer of the Earth's interior, what does that tell us?

Question 20 20. What is the temperature at the bottom of the continental crust?

Michigan Merit Exam: Earth's Interior Structure Chapter Exam Instructions

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