Minerals, Rocks & Soil Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. If you wanted to plant a large garden for growing fruits and vegetables, what type of soil structure would produce the best results?

Question 2 2. Subsurface mining is _____ disruptive to the earth and produces _____ waste than surface mining.

Question 3 3. Which type of water erosion results in small, short-lived and well-defined streams?

Question 4 4. Which type of tenacity refers to the ability of a mineral to resume its original form when a stress is removed?

Question 5 5. Gold has a shiny appearance and is said to have a _____ luster.

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Question 6 6. Minerals that are impenetrable to light are referred to as _____.

Question 7 7. How does the definition of a mineral differ between a miner and a geologist?

Question 8 8. Which of the following is NOT a non-silicate mineral?

Question 9 9. Which of the following is NOT an effect of erosion?

Question 10 10. Which of the following statements regarding granite is true?

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Question 11 11. If you wanted to collect sedimentary rocks, what sort of characteristics would you look for in a rock's composition?

Question 12 12. What type of fracture does quartz exhibit?

Question 13 13. Which is NOT one of the six main soil horizons?

Question 14 14. If you found a rock that appeared to have been formed directly from volcanic activity, how would you classify it?

Question 15 15. When a parent rock is changed due to high pressure or temperature, which type of rock is formed?

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Question 16 16. Which of the following substances is inorganic?

Question 17 17. Which statement correctly explains how rocks are classified?

Question 18 18. Which of the following terms is used to describe a layer of a soil profile?

Question 19 19. Choose the appropriate statement that refers to open-pit mining.

Question 20 20. What is the non-silicate mineral that comprises the bulk of limestone?

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Question 21 21. Biology influences soil formation because

Question 22 22. Which of the following minerals is composed of sheeted tetrahedra?

Question 23 23.

Silicate X has a three-dimensional arrangement of tetrahedra. It is part of a group that can be held together by various cations and is named for the specific cation present. Silicate X is an example of a/an _____.

Identify X.

Question 24 24. Two effective methods of preventing soil erosion are crop rotation and contour farming. How are these two methods different?

Question 25 25. Which of the following minerals has the greatest density?

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Question 26 26. Why does gold have a specific gravity greater than that of galena?

Question 27 27. If a farmer works the soil too much in preparation for planting it can increase the risk of soil erosion. Which of the following terms is used to describe the preparation of a farmer's field for growing crops?

Question 28 28. How is smelting most harmful to the environment?

Question 29 29. Consider a diamond that has flat facets and sharp edges. Which of the following terms would describe this type of crystal?

Question 30 30. You are digging out a soil sample and first find a thin layer of topsoil. Underneath this layer, you see a larger layer of very fine particles that is still fairly wet and somewhat gray in color. What type of soil exists beneath the topsoil?

Minerals, Rocks & Soil Chapter Exam Instructions

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