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Only People Who've Taken A-Level Geology Will Get 10/12 On This Test

Based on real A-level Geology exam questions, but mostly multiple choice so you have no excuse.

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  1. 1. True or false?

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    Wrong!

    A mineral is a naturally occurring inorganic compound, usually crystalline in form.

  2. 2. Which of the following geological terms describes the volume of empty space within a rock?

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    "Porosity"
    "Compaction"
    "Turbidity"
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    Wrong!

    Porosity is the ratio of pore volume to total volume of a rock.

  3. 3. What name is given to the point where an earthquake occurs within the Earth’s crust?

    Focus
    Epicentre
    Core
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    The focus is the area in Earth's crust where the earthquake occurs and where seismic waves radiate outwards from. The epicentre is the point directly above the focus on the surface of Earth.

    Via geomaps.wr.usgs.gov
  4. 4. What type of cephalopod fossil is shown in this picture?

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    Belemnites
    Ammonoids
    Nautiloids
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    Wrong!

    The image shows ammonites. Here's an artists reconstruction of what one Jurassic era ammonoid might have looked like.

    Via Nobu Tamura / en.wikipedia.org
  5. 5. What scale is used to measure the magnitude of an earthquake?

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    Wrong!

    The Richter scale.

    The Richter scale was developed in the 1930s by Charles Richter at the California Institute of Technology. It remains the most widely known scale for measuring earthquake magnitudes (and according to an actual A-level mark scheme is the correct answer to this question), although in 2002 the United States Geological Survey began using an updated scale called the moment magnitude scale.

  6. 6. Here's a map showing sand accumulated in three different places. What's the name of feature A?

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    Wrong!

    Sand dune, or barchan.

    It's a sand dune, also known as a barchan. These dunes are produced by wind mostly coming from one direction, and are crescent-shaped.

    Sand dune, or barchan.
  7. 7. Complete the sentence:

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    "deposition"
    "weathering"
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    Wrong!

    Weathering is wearing away something by exposing it to the atmosphere.

  8. 8. Which of the following fault structures shows a graben valley?

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    Wrong!

    Number 1 shows a normal fault, 2 shows a reverse fault, and 3 shows a graben (also known as rift) valley. Graben happen when you get parallel normal faults, when land is pulling apart.

  9. 9. What type of fossilisation does the following description match?

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    Carbonisation
    Recrystallisation
    Silicification
    Replacement
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    Wrong!

    A silica solution permeates the pores in a shell and causes silicification.

  10. 10. Which of the following is the first geological time period of the Paleozoic Era?

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    The Paleozoic era is split into six geological time periods. It began with the Cambrian period, followed by the Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, and finally the Permian.

  11. 11. When was the Cretaceous–Tertiary mass extinction event?

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    439 million years ago
    252 million years ago
    65 million years ago
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    Wrong!

    Also known as the K/T extinction, the Cretaceous–Tertiary mass extinction event is when the (non-avian) dinosaurs – along with a lot of other organisms – were wiped out.

  12. 12. A placer deposit is a concentration of ore minerals. Which ore mineral is most likely to be found in a placer deposit?

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    Wrong!

    Cassiterite is a tin oxide mineral, and the most important tin ore.

Only People Who've Taken A-Level Geology Will Get 10/12 On This Test

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Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

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