Core of the Earth: Facts, Composition, Layers & Temperature


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The layers of the Earth (including the inner core and outer core) were determined by looking at:

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1. What is the temperature at the center of the Earth?

2. When Edmund Halley proposed a hollow shells model for the Earth, what did he get wrong?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Earth is composed of four main layers: the crust, the mantle, the outer core, and the inner core. In this quiz and worksheet, assess your knowledge on the characteristics of the Earth's core. You will answer questions about the Earth's magnetic field, the temperature of the center of the Earth, and chemical composition.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The temperature at the center of the Earth
  • How the layers of the Earth were determined
  • What creates the Earth's magnetic field
  • The depth of the center of the Earth
  • Edmund Halley's mistake in his hollow shells model of the Earth

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the Earth's core
  • Distinguishing differences - differentiate between outer core and inner core
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about characteristics of the outer and inner core of Earth

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Earth's outer and inner core, review the accompanying lesson. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how chemical composition helps us identify Earth's layers
  • Learn the four main layers of Earth
  • Define characteristics of inner core
  • Define characteristics of outer core
  • Define rheology
  • Read about Edmund Halley and his hollow shells model