What is Geology? - Definition, History, Facts & Topics


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Who is considered the Father of Modern Geology?

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1. Geology can be traced back to which century?

2. What is the name of the theory that states the 'present is the key to the past?'

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the history and topics of geology. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding who is considered to be the father of modern geology as well as how far back geology can be traced back to.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Father of modern geology
  • How far back geology can be traced
  • Theory stating the 'present is key to the past'
  • Earth's age according to geologists

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about geology
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related history and topics of geology lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding geology and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the study of the earth, review the corresponding lesson What is Geology - Definition, History, Facts & Topics. This lesson will help you:

  • Define what geology is
  • Appreciate the difference between physical and historical geology
  • Know the historical roots of modern geology from the likes of Aristotle
  • Describe the contributions of James Hutton and Alfred Wegener
  • Identify what the Theory of Plate Tectonics involves