Earth Science Interview Questions

 
1.
Which will most likely form when a steep mountain stream flows abruptly onto a flat plain:
2.
When, in the geologic column, did dinosaurs become extinct:
3.
When, in the geological time scale, did dinosaurs first appear:
4.
These clouds are named for their smooth, round, lens-like shape and commonly form over mountains:
5.
It is estimated that the temperature of the Earths core is:
6.
Which of the following would give the best indication of how a rock was formed:
7.
In determining the distance of an earthquake to its epicenter, which of the following is the most useful tool:
8.
Which of the following is primarily involved in the movement of a glacier:
9.
Of the following, which are clouds formed at the highest altitude:
10.
The Arctic Circle lies at which of the following latitudes:
11.
The Fujita Scale is used to classify intensities of:
12.
The ability of rock or soil to transmit water is called its:
13.
Which of the following is NOT likely to have been formed by glaciers:
14.
A glacier that has neither advanced nor retreated for many years deposits which of the following:
15.
A high pressure center is associated with what kind of weather:
16.
Which is the best reason for proposing that a boulder lying in an area that was once glaciated is an erratic:
17.
Which of the following latitudes and dates would coincide with the longest duration of insolation:
18.
A famous downslope wind that occurs in North America on the East side of the Rocky Mountains is called a:
19.
A tropical storm will be declared a hurricane when:
20.
Which is NOT true about the concentration of methane gas in the atmosphere:
21.
What is the name for a roughly circular coral reef enclosing a shallow lagoon:
22.
The physical property used in mineral identification for the way a minerals surface reflects light is called:
23.
A low-gradient stream would most likely form a:
24.
The angle of insolation on the Earth�s surface is most direct at which latitude:
25.
Ground depressions in areas of Karst topography are called:
26.
Steep-sided volcanoes such as Mounts Rainier, Hood, and Fuji, are examples of what kind of volcanoes:
27.
Which of the following minerals best illustrates the property of cleavage:
28.
Which of the following is an example of a metamorphic rock:
29.
Order the following minerals from the hardest to the softest:
30.
In what layer of the Earths atmosphere does most of our weather occur?
31.
Name 2 places on earth where continental glaciers exist:
32.
This mineral has the nickname "bloodstone" because it gives a deep red color on a streak test. What is its chemical formula?
33.
During which equinoxes are day and night of equal length around the world:
34.
Magma that reached the Earths surface is called:
35.
On the day of the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the sun can be seen directly overhead at what location around the globe?
36.
A solid compound whose internal structural pattern is expressed as plane faces that can be seen with the unaided eye is generally known as a:
37.
What is the name for the margin where two plates in the lithosphere slide past each other?
38.
As glaciers erode the surface over which they move, sets of parallel linear grooves are sometime worn into the rock surface. These grooves are called:
39.
What common type of paper contains substantial amounts of corundum and magnetite?
40.
What is the only common mineral to be strongly magnetic other than magnetite:
41.
Which equinox marks the moment when fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere?
42.
Give the common name of the historic mineral that was the original source of radium and the first substance in which helium was discovered on earth:
43.
The name of this mineral is derived from the Latin word which means "to flow". One of its major uses is as a flux to help melt iron ore. What is its name?
44.
What is the name given to the region of the Earths mantle located from about 75 to 300 kilometers below the surface, where rocks have little strength?
45.
What is the term for groundwater emerging naturally at the ground surface, where the water table intersects the surface:
46.
What is the professional name for the person who studies fossils?
47.
What is the upper surface of the saturated zone of groundwater called:
48.
What kind of rocks are formed by the lithification of sediments:
49.
What is the fossilized resin of ancient trees which forms through the natural polymerization of sap:
50.
What is the common name for the test that gives the hardness of the material by the size of an indent left in it by a standard steel ball?
51.
What are the names of the tides that occur when the suns tidal bulges and the moons tidal bulges are at right angles to each other?
52.
A limestone cave that is open to the sky or whose roof has collapsed is now called a:
53.
In 1962, Harry Hess at Princeton University hypothesized that the topography of the seafloor could be explained if the seafloor were moving sideways away from the oceanic ridge. This came to be called the Hess hypothesis of:
54.
Which will most likely form when a steep mountain stream flows abruptly onto a flat plain:
55.
When, in the geologic column, did dinosaurs become extinct:
56.
When, in the geological time scale, did dinosaurs first appear:
57.
These clouds are named for their smooth, round, lens-like shape and commonly form over mountains:
58.
It is estimated that the temperature of the Earths core is:
59.
Which of the following would give the best indication of how a rock was formed:
60.
In determining the distance of an earthquake to its epicenter, which of the following is the most useful tool:
61.
Which of the following is primarily involved in the movement of a glacier:
62.
Of the following, which are clouds formed at the highest altitude:
63.
The Arctic Circle lies at which of the following latitudes:
64.
The Fujita Scale is used to classify intensities of:
65.
The ability of rock or soil to transmit water is called its:
66.
Which of the following is NOT likely to have been formed by glaciers:
67.
A glacier that has neither advanced nor retreated for many years deposits which of the following:
68.
A high pressure center is associated with what kind of weather:
69.
Which is the best reason for proposing that a boulder lying in an area that was once glaciated is an erratic:
70.
Which of the following latitudes and dates would coincide with the longest duration of insolation:
71.
A famous downslope wind that occurs in North America on the East side of the Rocky Mountains is called a:
72.
A tropical storm will be declared a hurricane when:
73.
Which is NOT true about the concentration of methane gas in the atmosphere:
74.
What is the name for a roughly circular coral reef enclosing a shallow lagoon:
75.
The physical property used in mineral identification for the way a minerals surface reflects light is called:
76.
A low-gradient stream would most likely form a:
77.
The angle of insolation on the Earth�s surface is most direct at which latitude:
78.
Ground depressions in areas of Karst topography are called:
79.
Steep-sided volcanoes such as Mounts Rainier, Hood, and Fuji, are examples of what kind of volcanoes:
80.
Which of the following minerals best illustrates the property of cleavage:
81.
Which of the following is an example of a metamorphic rock:
82.
Order the following minerals from the hardest to the softest:
83.
In what layer of the Earths atmosphere does most of our weather occur?
84.
Name 2 places on earth where continental glaciers exist:
85.
This mineral has the nickname "bloodstone" because it gives a deep red color on a streak test. What is its chemical formula?
86.
During which equinoxes are day and night of equal length around the world:
87.
Magma that reached the Earths surface is called:
88.
On the day of the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the sun can be seen directly overhead at what location around the globe?
89.
A solid compound whose internal structural pattern is expressed as plane faces that can be seen with the unaided eye is generally known as a:
90.
What is the name for the margin where two plates in the lithosphere slide past each other?
91.
As glaciers erode the surface over which they move, sets of parallel linear grooves are sometime worn into the rock surface. These grooves are called:
92.
What common type of paper contains substantial amounts of corundum and magnetite?
93.
What is the only common mineral to be strongly magnetic other than magnetite:
94.
Which equinox marks the moment when fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere?
95.
Give the common name of the historic mineral that was the original source of radium and the first substance in which helium was discovered on earth:
96.
The name of this mineral is derived from the Latin word which means "to flow". One of its major uses is as a flux to help melt iron ore. What is its name?
97.
What is the name given to the region of the Earths mantle located from about 75 to 300 kilometers below the surface, where rocks have little strength?
98.
What is the term for groundwater emerging naturally at the ground surface, where the water table intersects the surface:
99.
What is the professional name for the person who studies fossils?
100.
What is the upper surface of the saturated zone of groundwater called:
101.
What kind of rocks are formed by the lithification of sediments:
102.
What is the fossilized resin of ancient trees which forms through the natural polymerization of sap:
103.
What is the common name for the test that gives the hardness of the material by the size of an indent left in it by a standard steel ball?
104.
What are the names of the tides that occur when the suns tidal bulges and the moons tidal bulges are at right angles to each other?
105.
A limestone cave that is open to the sky or whose roof has collapsed is now called a:
106.
In 1962, Harry Hess at Princeton University hypothesized that the topography of the seafloor could be explained if the seafloor were moving sideways away from the oceanic ridge. This came to be called the Hess hypothesis of: