What is Earth Science?


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Sara is considering moving to California, but she is scared of earthquakes. Who should she look to for answers about earthquakes on the San Andreas fault?

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1. How are physical geologists different from historical geologists?

2. Why is term 'geology' an appropriate name for the discipline?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the field of earth science. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding what the study of earth science includes, as well as knowing what a geologist would study.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Branches of earth science
  • What a geologist studies
  • Characteristics of the root words in 'geology'
  • How earth science is helpful
  • Problem an oceanographer would help solve

Skills Practiced

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

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

Additional Learning

To learn more about the branches involved in earth sciences, review the corresponding lesson titled What is Earth Science? This lesson will help you:

  • Define earth science
  • Identify the major branches of earth science and their characteristics
  • Know the root words related to earth science fields
  • Describe the purpose of earth science