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Michigan Merit Exam: History of the Earth Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. How long after the Earth was formed did it take to achieve the state we recognize now?

Question 2 2. The Earth was under continuous bombardment by meteorites and comets as it formed and continued to take shape. What was the significance of comets hitting the Earth during that time?

Question 3 3. Air is:

Question 4 4. Which of the following would NOT be a good trait for an index fossil?

Question 5 5. 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?

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Question 6 6. What kind of dating can we establish with the principle of fossil succession?

Question 7 7. The bombardment of the early Earth by celestial objects is known as:

Question 8 8. Our planet underwent four stages of development, from earliest to latest, they are:

Question 9 9. Miller and Urey used all of the following substances to simulate Earth's early atmosphere EXCEPT _____.

Question 10 10. An index fossil represents a species that _____.

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Question 11 11. If we assume everything in our solar system formed from the solar nebula then we can reasonably assume that:

Question 12 12. 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 _____.

Question 13 13. This refers to the settling of dense material, like iron-rich minerals, into the center of a planet and the rising of less dense material, such as silicon-rich minerals, to the surface:

Question 14 14. The Mesozoic Era was the Age of Dinosaurs, and the current Cenozoic Era is the Age of _____.

Question 15 15. How did the Earth most likely form?

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Question 16 16. The process that helped increase the levels of oxygen on Earth is known as:

Question 17 17. Where in the Milky Way galaxy is our solar system located?

Question 18 18. Earth's ancient atmosphere was largely filled with_____that was _____

Question 19 19. Let's assume there's a radioactive chemical element called XYZ-80 (the parent isotope). Its half-life is known to be 5 million years. If you analyze a rock and find that only 25% of the original XYZ-80 remains in the rock, you can safely conclude that:

Question 20 20. In terms of planetary development, flooding refers to:

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Question 21 21. In its early stages, the Earth looked much different than it does now. How would you differentiate between the two stages?

Question 22 22. The ever present changing of the Earth's surface by natural forces is referring to which stage of planetary development?

Question 23 23. These are variations of an element that have the same number of protons but different numbers of neutrons.

Question 24 24. The Archean and Proterozoic eons are grouped together as the:

Question 25 25. Two outcrops containing one index fossil each can only be matched up if scientists also find a third outcrop containing _____.

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Question 26 26. How old do most scientists think Earth is?

Question 27 27. What is the best scientific approximation for the age of our solar system?

Question 28 28. Which answer choice correctly orders the three major eons of Earth's history, from the oldest to the most recent?

Question 29 29. What method is used to determine the specific age of a rock or fossil?

Question 30 30. The time period in Earth's history that saw the greatest increase in both the number and diversity of species is the:

Michigan Merit Exam: History of the Earth Chapter Exam Instructions

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