Earth and Earth Materials Worksheet
October 18, 2015
University of Phoenix Material
Earth and Earth Materials I Worksheet
From Visualizing Earth Science, by Merali, Z., and Skinner, B. J, 2009, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Copyright 2009 by Wiley. Adapted with permission.
Complete the WileyPLUS® GeoDiscoveries Earth Drag and Drop from Chapter 1. Label and describe each letter in the space below.
A. Ocean – large body of salt water
B. Continental Crust - A thick part of the Earth’s crust that forms large landmasses.
C. Oceanic Crust - A thin part of the Earth’s crust that contains the ocean basins.
D. Solid Inner Core - A solid sphere in the middle of the Earth.
E. Liquid Outer Core - The liquid layer that surrounds the Inner Core.
F. Mesosphere - the region of the earth's atmosphere above the stratosphere and below the thermosphere
G. Asthenosphere - a thin semifluid layer of the earth below the outer rigid lithosphere
H. Lithosphere - the crust and upper mantle of the earth
Minerals Drag and Drop (Chapter 2)
Virtual Rock Lab (Chapter 2)
Complete the following WileyPLUS® GeoDiscoveries and answer the following questions:
1. What is the difference between a rock and a mineral?
To fully understand the difference between minerals and rocks, the understanding of elements has to be a factor. The foundation of all minerals and rocks are the elements. Elements are the essential forms of matter that are not broken down into simple substances by a chemical process. Elements are the building blocks of the Earth.
Minerals are classified as a naturally happening inorganic solid that has a definite chemical composition. It has a crystal structure with distinctive color and hardness. A mineral may consist of one element. For example, a diamond is composed of only carbon. Minerals are formed without any...