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Quiz[edit | edit source]


1 Azurite is a natural pigment composed of what likely source of blue?

2 Yes or No, A plume of water ice particles emanating from Enceladus is reaching altitudes as high as 400 km above the surface.


3 Submillimeter radiances can be matched by models which include ice particles of?

4 With respect to protoplanetary disks what green mineral has been found?

5 Complete the text:

Match up the form or type of quartz with the effect:
alpha quartz - A
coesite - B
cristobalite - C
stishovite - D
seifertite - E
tridymite - F
10 GPa and above 1200°C

2-3 gigapascals and 700°C

22-460°C tabular crystals

trigonal tectosilicate

35 GPa to 40 GPa orthorhombic

1470°C cubic or tetragonal form


6 A natural rocky source of chemicals from the sky to the ground may originate from what astronomical source?

the solar wind
the diffuse X-ray background
Mount Redoubt in Alaska
the asteroid belt
the International Space Station

7 True or False, Water ice has been detected on the surface of an asteroid.


8 A thin-section of a meteorite that may be analyzed has which of the following?

a great many light gray and dark gray chondrules present
large grain cross sections making sizing easy
an available sizing or magnification marker
independent verification as a meteorite
correctable diameters and relative abundances
optical conditions

9 True or False, Optical reflectance studies of Mercury provide evidence for Mg silicates.


10 Complete the text:

Match up the type of silicate with the name:
cyclosilicate - A
inosilicate - B
orthosilicate - C
sorosilicate - D
phyllosilicate - E
tectosilicate - F
structurally isolated double tetrahedra

single chain of tetrahedra

a continuous framework of tetrahedra

a ring of linked tetrahedra

a two-dimensional sheet of tetrahedra

isolated tetrahedra


11 Meteorites found on Earth may be from which of the following?

the Moon
the asteroid belt

12 Phenomena associated with some meteorites?

have a gaseous surface
long nickel-iron crystals

13 Radiation phenomena associated with craters include?

secondary craters
checking equations about complex systems
deformed strata
electric arcs

14 Which of the following is a phenomenon associated historically with Titania?

a large, trenchlike feature
a relatively light surface
few or no canyons and scarps
very few impact craters
helium ice

15 A terrestrial planet is composed primarily of?

16 Which of the following is not a radiation phenomenon associated with a crater?

elongated dust particles
high albedo

17 Moldavite is a mineral that may be associated with what radiation astronomy phenomenon?

predicting the end of the Earth
determining the accuracy of local computers
meteorite impacts
demonstrating that Venus was once a comet
predicting when currently dormant volcanoes will erupt

18 True or False, The XRS aboard the MESSENGER spacecraft maps mineral composition.


19 Orpiment is a natural mineral pigment composed of what likely source of orange?

20 Which geological phenomena are associated with Earth?

lava-spewing volcanoes
sulfur volcanoes
plate tectonics
water oceans
liquid methane oceans
silicate minerals

21 Red ochre is a natural pigment composed of what likely source of red?

22 Complete the text:

The topographic map of Mars includes the

volcanoes in the west (including


to the east of Tharsis, and

in the southern hemisphere.

23 Tarapacaite is a natural mineral pigment composed of what likely source of yellow?

24 Which geochemical phenomena are associated with Earth?

calcium carbonate deposition in the oceans
uranium ions in its oceans
liquid methane oceans
silicate minerals

25 Purpurite is a natural mineral pigment composed of what likely source of violet or purple?

Hypotheses[edit | edit source]

  1. The history of the Earth is in its rocks.

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