Difference Between Physical and Historical Geology


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Geology can be defined as _____.

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1. Which branch of geology deals with present-day geological situations on Earth?

2. Which branch of geology deals with events that occurred on Earth in the distant or near-distant past?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

When learning about the Earth, it's important to draw a distinction between the two main branches of geology: physical geology and historical geology. This quiz and worksheet is a great way to go over the main focus and subjects of each of these fields, as well as the specific differences between them. These questions will help you better understand how each branch helps us learn about specific aspects of the Earth.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These questions will assess you on topics such as:

  • Characteristics of physical geology
  • The features of historical geology
  • Objects of study for each branch
  • Importance of both geological fields

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - answer these assessment questions to see how many facts about geology you can recall
  • Distinguishing differences - ensure that you fully understand the specific differences between physical and historical geology
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of these geological fields to identify specific examples of each based on information from our multiple choice questions

Additional Learning

Even more information about these branches of geology can be found in the associated lesson called Differences Between Physical and Historical Geology. This lesson contains facts on:

  • The scientific field of geology
  • What physical geology studies
  • What historical geology studies
  • The significance of geology