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TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Minerals, Rocks & Soil Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. If you wanted to collect sedimentary rocks, what sort of characteristics would you look for in a rock's composition?

Question 2 2. Identify the building block of silicate minerals.

Question 3 3. Which of the following units are used in expressions of mineral density?

Question 4 4. The United States consumes approximately how much of the world's minerals?

Question 5 5. Mineral hardness is a measure of _____.

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Question 6 6. How is smelting most harmful to the environment?

Question 7 7. Iron pyrite is sometimes referred to as fool's gold. It has a cubic shape. What type of crystal habit is this?

Question 8 8. Two effective methods of preventing soil erosion are crop rotation and contour farming. How are these two methods different?

Question 9 9.

Choose the answer that best completes the statement:

Minerals must be naturally formed, have a crystalline structure, have a unique chemical composition and _____.

Question 10 10. Which is NOT one of the six main soil horizons?

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Question 11 11. David is analyzing a rock. He knows that it was revealed by erosion and he can see large crystal structures through the magnifying glass. Which kind of rock is David analyzing?

Question 12 12. Which of the following minerals is composed of sheeted tetrahedra?

Question 13 13. Which statement is TRUE?

Question 14 14. 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?

Question 15 15. Why is color generally not a good diagnostic property for identifying minerals?

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Question 16 16. The appearance of a mineral in its powdered form that can also be used to distinguish it from another mineral is referred to as the mineral's _____.

Question 17 17. What can happen to an igneous rock after it is formed?

Question 18 18. What term is used to refer to the macroscopic appearance of a crystal?

Question 19 19. What were limestone deposits in Kansas made from?

Question 20 20. Which of the following is NOT a rock?

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Question 21 21. What are the two ways soil is removed from the land?

Question 22 22. Consider kyanite which is an elongated and flattened crystal. What type of crystal habit is this?

Question 23 23. Farmer Brown is concerned about maintaining the health of her farm soil. After researching various options, she decides to _____.

Question 24 24. If you wanted to plant a large garden for growing fruits and vegetables, what type of soil structure would produce the best results?

Question 25 25. Which of the following is NOT true of acid mine drainage?

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Question 26 26. How does the definition of a mineral differ between a miner and a geologist?

Question 27 27. Which of the following substances is inorganic?

Question 28 28. Consider a specimen that has a mass of 20 grams. Calculate its specific gravity if the same volume of water has a mass of 5 grams.

Question 29 29. Which of the following is NOT a non-silicate mineral?

Question 30 30. Physical characteristics of soil

TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Minerals, Rocks & Soil Chapter Exam Instructions

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