Batholith: Definition & Formation


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1. 'Batholith' comes from Greek words that mean:

2. Which substance is a batholith most likely to be made of?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Batholiths are large masses of intrusive igneous rock that form and cool deep in the Earth's crust, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand them better. Some things you may be tested on include the geological processes of how they form and what they are made of.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The size of batholiths, relative to other structures
  • What the origin of 'batholith' means
  • What substance batholiths are most likely made of
  • Term referring to molten plutons that rise through the crust
  • What happens first in the formation of a batholith

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as batholiths and diapirs
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how batholiths form and what they are made of
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on batholiths

Additional Learning

To learn more about intrusive igneous rock formations, review the corresponding lesson on batholiths. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defines what a batholith is
  • Identifies the internal compositional structure of batholiths
  • Explains the process of how they are formed
  • Describes specific examples of famous batholiths