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Wind and Deserts dune that forms long ridges perpendicular to wind direction, abundant sand. broad flat-topped erosional remnant with steep slopes on all sides. crescent-shaped dune, tips point downwind, constant wind, limited sand, most mobile. left behind after wind has removed finer grain material, protects underlying material. dune in coastal areas, abundant sand, tips point upwind, has vegetation. Big
Earth History Solve the puzzle below The geological process in which sediments, soil and rocks are added to a landform or land mass. The two sub-layers of the earth's crust. A fossil that is useful for dating and correlating the strata in which it is found. Hot molten or semifluid rock erupted from a volcano or fissure, or solid rock resulting from cooling of this. Be broken by a fault or faults. Very Difficult
Earthquake bends resulting in a wrinkling in layered bedrock . when there is relative movement between the rocks on either side of a fracture the crack is called a ____.. the small changes in length and volume associated with deformation of the earth by tectonic stresses or by the passage of seismic waves. an arch-shaped fold . principle of uniformity is often represented by a statement that 'the present is the key to the past.'. Older Children
Environmental community of interacting organisms and their physical environment. heat from the Earth. he total mass of organisms in a given area or volume.. massive nucleus splits into smaller nuclei with the simultaneous release of energy. a resource of economic value that cannot be readily replaced by natural means on a level equal to its consumption. Hard
Water Cycles When water is transferred to a river quickly the resultant hydrograph is described as... and it is more likely to flood.. Water droplets must condense on even tinier dust, salt, or smoke particles to form.... Where there is transfer of energy, but not matter with the surroundings e.g. Planet Earth. The movement of water from the surface downwards into the soil.. Snowball effect, continuing or even accelerating a change in a system.. Hard
Earth & Space Science This is a pattern in the sky formed by stars.. This is a massive, gravitionally bound system consisting of stars, interstellar gas and dust, and dark matter. This is the utilization of radiation from the sun.. This number is the length of a vector. It is always positive.. This is the amount energy coming off the surface of a star. Older Children
Great Barrier Reef complete puzzle in a animated film. living thing. a big grey animal . its a type of snake . hot and cold . Older Children
Sedimentary Rock The dropping of rock when wind or water slows down or ice melts.. A fine-grained, clastic sedimentary rock composed of mud and a mix of flakes of clay minerals and tiny pieces.. Forms from the remains of plants and animals.. Rock made by sediments that are mechanically weathered, transported and deposited.. The movement of sediments to a new location.. Big
Wave Characteristics The number of waves that pass by in one second.. The height of each wave.. The bottom of the wave.. Waves that need a medium to transfer from one place to another. . Waves that move from left to right, while pushing forwards and backwards like a spring. These waves don't need a medium to move.. Big
Earth Science a deposit, usually of calcium carbonate, shaped like an icicle, hanging from the roof of a cave or the like, andformed by the dripping of percolating calcareous water. . an extended mass of ice formed from snow falling and accumulating over the years and moving very slowly.. something that drains or flows off, as rain that flows off from the land in streams.. surface resistance to relative motion, as of a body sliding or rolling.. a stream that flows to a larger stream or other body of water.. Older Children
Earth History The action of deposing someone.. The two sublayers of the earth’s crust (lithosphere) that move, float, and sometimes fracture and whose interaction causes continental drift, earthquakes, volcanoes, mountains, and oceanic trenches.. A fossil that is useful for dating and correlating the strata in which it is found.. Hot molten or semi-fluid rock erupted from a volcano or fissure.. Be broken by a fault or faults.. Very Difficult
Earth science Clifts results of erosion. large land form that stretches above the surrounding land. A mountain or a hill with a craiter or vent for lava. Low area of land between mountain or hills. A large cavity in the ground. Easy
Volcanic Eruptions use the hints at the bottom of the page to fill in the crossword The substance that cakes the sky after a volcanic explosion. A type of scientist that studies volcanoes. A type of volcano that is made up of layers of lava and ash. A tool used by scientists to monitor volcanoes. The scale used to measure volcanic explosivity. Hard
Water Cycle water that flows across the land collects in the lakes that evenutully lead to the ocean. millions of water droplets. a mixture of gases that surround the earth. water that is constantly recyeled through nature. The process in which plants release water vapor into the air. Big
Earth's Layers Layer of the Earth that is made of a different mixture of chemicals.. Denser type of crust.. Made mostly of iron and nickel.. Strong, lower part of the mantle.. Outermost, rigid layer of Earth.. Big
Photosynthesis The organelle in which photosynthesis occurs.. Stores water and other molecules.. Only _____________ plants can photosynthesize.. A stack of Thylakoids.. The food plants produce.. Hard
Mountain Types You may you words more than once. Volcanic mountains are also know as what?. What is created when magma is pushed up but never reacher the surface and cools and hardens?. What mountains tend to be in a shape of a dome?. Mt. Fuji is a volcano but is also know as a what?. What type of erosion creates a plateau mountain?. Hard
Earthquakes and Volcanoes place in Earth where the energy of an earthquake is first released. magma that has reached the Earth's surface. a tool that keeps track of the vibrations from an earthquake. to break through; to force out suddenly and violently. cone-shaped hill/mountain made of volcanic ash. Big
Identifying Minerals A raw iron.. Scientists who inventory and monitor the Earth's fresh water.. Structure used to honor important people and events.. Study mineral formations.. Regular, flat surfaces on broken minerals.. Very Difficult
Habitats and Communities Read the clues below and fill in the correct answers the part of the plant that carries water and nutrients from the roots to the leaves. something humans do to harm the enivronment. the part of the plant where they turn sunlight into food energy. the underground part of the plant that absorbs water and minerals from the soil. something found in nature and can be used by people. Big
Flower Parts Male reproductive structure. The part of the stamen that contains pollen. A thin stalk of the stamen. A fine dust, containing the sperm of seed-producing plants.. Contains the female germ cell. Easy
Earthquakes Complete the crossword puzzle. The block of rock that lies below the fault.. A landform that has high elevation and a more or less level surface.. A type of fault where rocks on either side move past each other sideways with little up-or-down motion. A stress force that squeezes rock until it folds or breaks.. The block of rock that lies above the fault.. Older Children
Global Warming An efficient way to produce ethanol from the woody cellulose part of plants but this is still under economical development. . Another biomass fuel besides ethanol and methanol that is produced by fats or oils like soybeans that are widely available in Europe. . Liquid fuels such as methanol or ethanol that are produced from fast growing plants.. Produced from corn in the USA and sugar cane in Brazil. . Engineering solutions to global warming. . Big
Volcanoes and Igneous Rocks The name given to the molten rock that is found on the outside of the volcano.. A black rock that forms from cooled lava with small crystals. A rock that has lots of large crystals usually pink, white and black. A route molten rock takes to reach the surface.. A black/brown rock with many holes where gas has escaped from the rock as it cooled.. Older Children
Land Pollution typically a large, deep pit, from which stone or other materials are or have been extracted. discarded or discharged material in accordance with local environmental guidelines or laws. mining in which soil and rock overlying the mineral deposit (the overburden) are removed.. refers to the broad range of pesticides, including insecticides, herbicides,and fungicides. wearing away of topsoil. Big
Earth Hot magma that comes out of a volcano.. Very large areas of land; there are seven _________ on Earth.. The center of Earth.. A blanket of gases, including oxygen, on the surface of planet Earth.. The outer layer of Earth.. Older Children
Water Cycle as rain that is not absorbed into the ground.. flowing like water. water that fall as rain.rain,snow,sleet hail. the result of being made more compact or dense. passed of vapor. Easy
Earth Science Complete the puzzle. the powdery residue left after volcano's explosion. a circular depression in the ground caused by volcanic activity. It is typically a basin, circular in form within which occurs a vent (or vents) from which magma erupts as gases, lava, etc.. hot molten or semifluid rock erupted from a volcano or fissure, or solid rock resulting from cooling of this.. an actively deforming region where two (or more) tectonic plates or fragments of the lithosphere move toward one another and collide. a linear feature that exists between two tectonic plates that are moving away from each other.. Big
Earth Layers The Earth's ocean is mostly made up of _____.. This includes the Earth's crust and the solid outer structure.. Part of the Earth's upper mantle.. Earth's land is mostly made up of _______.. The Earth's most outer layer. Older Children
Nature's Abundance In Ancient Greek, this stone is called méthystos. Symbol for the tropics and for vacations, there are 2600 species of this tree!. Cleopatra's passion turned everyone 'green' with envy!. Rarest of gemstones, this stone changes colors through the day and shares its name with a world conqueror!. A buffer between land and the sea, it helps in preventing soil erosion. Big
Carbon, Water, & Nitrogen Cycle Use the following definitions to solve the puzzle. A dispersion in air of molecules of water. The process of burning something. The weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long period of time . A visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere ( high above the ground) . A colorless, odorless gaseous element. Hard
Water Cycle precipitation that did not get absorbed into the soil,. Rain, Snow or Sleet. Water vapor in the air gets cold and changes back into liquid, forming clouds, this is called. when the sun heats up water in rivers or lakes or the ocean and turns it into vapor or steam this is called. When it ends up on land, it will either soak into the earth and become part of the_____________ that plants and animals use to drink or it may run over the soil and collect in the oceans, lakes or rivers where the cycle starts. Easy
Inside the Earth Use the hints to help solve the crossword puzzle the central part of Earth. the strong lower part of the mantle. the solid outer layer of earth that consists of the crust. the soft layer of the mantle. the thin and solid outermost layer of Earth. Older Children
Landforms A deep, narrow valley with steep sides and a river or stream usually running through it.. A land mass with great height and steep sides that is higher than a hill.. A mountain with an opening where molten lava, hot ash, and gases from below the Earth’s crust escape into the air.. An area of low land between hills or mountains.. A body of land surrounded by water on three sides.. Older Children
Famous Volcanos Fourth highest mountain in the world. It is located on the border of Nepal and China. In Italy, The only active volcano in mainland Europe.. Highest mountain in Europe. It is located in France.. Highest mountain in Canada and it is still growing.. The third highest mountain in the world. It is located in India.. Hard
Wetlands a wetland where grasses and reeds grow. water that has a large amount of salt such as in oceans and seas. to take in or soak up water. a wetland where moss grows. water that has a small amount of salt such as in ponds, lakes, and rivers. Older Children
The Earth inner layer of earth. top layer of mantle made of hard rock. middle layer of mantle made of soft, hot rock. bottom layer of mantle made of hard rock. outside layer of the earth. Big
Rivers The mnemonic used to remember erosion.. How the river and valley change shape going across the valley from one side to another.. A smaller stream or river that flows into a bigger one.. Where the river starts.. Rocks in the river smash and tap together and break into smaller, smoother, rounder particles.. Big
Land Forms A mass of ice that stays frozen throughout the year and flows downhill. A narrow passage of water between two larger bodies of water. A large area of flat or gently rolling land. A hot dry region with little vegetation. A stream feeding a larger stream or river. Hard
Climate Zones and Landforms it usually has a river running through it; narrow. Bab el Mandeb is an example. it is very flat. an arid region. this landform is also a letter from the Greek alphabet. Big
Earth Science magma the comes above the earths surface. a large crack in the earths surface. the way a rock or mineral breaks . a flat topped underwater peak. scientific theory that attemps to explain continental drift . Hard
Earth Science a large crack in Earth's crust. the way a rock or mineral breaks. a flat-topped underwater peak. scientific theory that attempts to explain continental drift. physical features of a land surface. Older Children
Ecosystem a series of organisms that depend on each other for food . the average weather over a long time. a group of living things and the environment they in. the series of changes form egg to adult. a period when an animal goes into a long deep sleep. Hard
Landforms A deep valley with very steep sides, often carved from the Earth by a river.. Is a depression or hole in the ground caused by some form of collapse of the surface layer.. A very slow body of ice moving slowly down a slope or valley ot spreading outward on a land surface.. Are flat lands that have only small changes in elevation.. A very dry area.. Big
Faulting block of rock below the fault plane. rock fractures along earth's crust. . layer of Earth that is composed of Fe & Ni and is liquid. . theory that the continents were once joined as one large, single land mass. . type of plate boundary where two plate slide past each other in opposite directions. Big
Intro to Environmental Science when something is right or wrong. testable idea. what could happen from an observation. continues into the foreseeable future. oil, coal, and natural gas. Big
Earth the plastic layer within the mantle . landforms with low relief and low elevation . Earth's entire solid body. the dense metallic center of the Earth . the crust and the uppermost mantle grouped into a rigid layer by scientists. Big
Volcanoes Ring of fire the powdery residue left after the burning of a substance.. storm clouds. a large, bowl-shaped cavity in the ground or on the surface of a planet or the moon, typically one caused by an explosion or the impact of a meteorite or other celestial body.. a crack in the earth's crust. hot molten or semifluid rock erupted from a volcano or fissure, or solid rock resulting from cooling of this.. Big
Deserts Most famous desert animal. Large desert in China and Mongolia. Areas that receive less than 40 cm of rain per year. Number of African countries that contain part of the Saharan desert. Most of the earth's deserts are of this type. Big
River Towards the mouth of a river or stream. (10). The main stream of a river. (9). A river that joins another river. (9). The mouth of a river that splits into smaller rivers. (5). Wear away. (5). Big
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