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Rocks This is a crossword puzzle all about rocks and their many properties. Rock formed when magma or lava cools and hardens.. Physical property of some minerals that causes them to break along smooth, flat surfaces.. Color of a mineral when it is in powdered form.. Describes a type of igneous rock that generally contains large crystals and forms when magma cools slowly beneath Earth's surface.. When sediments are compacted and cemented together or when minerals form from solutions.. Hard
Rocks and Minerals Naturally found copper.. Often used for landscaping.. Referred to as white turquoise, because of distinctive veining. . Most precious stone in the Beryl group.. Indians used them as their main jewelry source.. Big
Rocks and Minerals The process of depositing sediment.. The processes of breaking down rock into sediment.. The process of compacting sediment and cementing it to become sedimentary rock.. Conglomerate is ________________ rock.. Most common rock. Older Children
Rocks and Minerals the color of the powder . breaking in a regular way. repeating pattern. joined together in a specific way. formed by sediment that was compressed together. Big
Rocks and Minerals halide mineral composed of calcium fluoride. The solid mineral material forming part of the surface of the earth and other planets. unique arrangement of atoms or molecules in a crystalline liquid or solid. common extrusive igneous (volcanic) rock formed from the rapid cooling of basaltic lava exposed at or very near the surface of a planet or moon. rock formed from consolidated clay sediments. Big
Seasons Moon Phases & Tides more than half but less then fully illuminated . the appearance of the illuminated portion of the moon as seen by an observer on Earth. either of the two moments of the year when the sun crosses the celestial equator. the motion of an object around its own axis. the phase of the moon in which it is visible as a fully illuminated disk; occurs when the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth. Hard
Soil and Plants the male part of flower where pollens made. roots keep soil in place. leave old crop on field to cover soil. contains eggs. female part of flower contains ovules devolps into fruit. Big
Soil Conservation Used to loosen surface soil prepare the seed bed and control weeds and pest. What percent is cropland?. What percent of public water supplies contains atrazine. what are depressions in the land called?. If waterways are maintained correctly what does it speed up?. Big
Soil Organisms Group of soil organisms with the largest numbers in the soil. Organism that feeds on the debris of dead tissues left by plants on the soil surface. Microscopic, unsegmented roundworms. Highly toxic chemicals produced by some fungi. Group of filamentous bacteria that are often branched (look like tiny fungi). Hard
Soils Fungi, protazoa, and _________ are components of life in the soil. This soil makes up over 500,000 acres of prime farmland in Ky.. This is a desirable soil which combines the three textural classification of the soil. We discussed how soils are classified by their. The drainage component of Crider. Big
Solar Energy scatter incident light and absorb some of the sun's energy. around 15% to 18% efficient at converting solar energy to electricity. invisible waves of heat. heat engine operated by cylinder expansion that provides mechanical energy or produces electricity. most effecient solar technology. Hard
Temperate Deciduous Forest An ______ is a common type of tree found in the forest.. The trees loose there leaves in _________ as it is hard the trees to absorb water as the group is frozen.. The ____________ temperate deciduous forest is the only unique one.. Some of the animals that live in the forest _____________ in winter.. The largest threat to the temperate deciduous forest is ________________.. Hard
Temperate Deciduous Forests The _____ is a common type of tree found in the forest.. A __________ temperate deciduous forest is found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.. Some of the animals that live in the forest ___________ in winter.. Temperate deciduous forets recieve 750 - 1,500 ml of rain _________.. The largest threat to the temperate deciduous forest is ___________.. Older Children
Temperature Four divisions of a year marked by weather patterns. A piece of equipment that controls the temperature of a building. You can do this to get from fahrenheit . The average temperature of a certain place over time. The mercury _ _ _ _ _ when it gets warmer. Older Children
The Geosphere the mostly solid rocky part of the Earth extends from the center of the core to the surface of the crust. The central part of the Earth below the mantle . a mixture of gases that surrounds a planet or moon. : The process by which wind, water, ice, or gravity transports soil and sediment from one location to another . The thin and solid outermost layer of the Earth above the mantle . Older Children
The Rock Cycle when the rock stops. a piece of ice. the study of rocks. contains fossils. when weathering and this work together to form a sedimentary rock. Older Children
The Sea im squishy and have the same name as what you use in the kitchen sink. my tail has a poison spike. i have 8 legs. my name is like something you use in a salad. dangerous in the sea. Older Children
The Soil Scoops the rock formation that is the source of mineral fragments. this is what soil particles are made out of. this has a grayish brownish color and is less than .002 mm wide. this is the layer of rock below the soil. this has a grayish color and is less than .05 mm wide . Older Children
The Value of Upcycling very big; enormous. the long, dried stems of plants such as wheat; also a thin plastic or paper tube used to drink. something of value. how useful or important something is; how much money something could be sold for. a picture made with small pieces of colored stones, glass, tiles, etc.. Teenage
The Water Cycle Water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes . Rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. A visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere. The journey water takes as it circulates from the land to the sky and back again.. Water entering the ground. Older Children
The Water Cycle Water in the form of gas. frozen or partly frozen rain. Flakes of frozen water. Water not able to soak into the soil. When the sun's heat changes liquid water into a gas. Older Children
Tornados Use each hint to solve the word indicates that tornadoes may occur in the next several hours in a specific area . a dangerous windstorm whose clouds are shaped like a funnel. a whirling mass of air. a scale that tells how severe a tornado is based on wind speed and damage being caused. a cone shaped cloud. Older Children
Toxins red water from toxins. poisonous material. very toxic mud. chimmneys that produce air pollution. toxins in air. Older Children
Tropical Grassland and Savanna Complete the crossword below by answering the clues and filling the letter in the boxes Tropical grasslands and Savannah can support great seasonal abundance of large, migratory................... as well as substantial populations of resident animals.. ......................... can turn a forest into a savanna by stripping the bark from the trees, knocking over trees, and tramping on tree seedlings.. Another word for the two star signs that run parallel on Earth. Plants must................. in order to survive the dry season and periodic fires. Savannas exist in areas where there is a................... wet summer season and a dry winter season. Big
Tropical Rain Forest Lakes, ponds, and rivers. Dense covering formed by the leafy tops of tall rain forest trees.. The largest number of species lives in this biome.The temperature remains around 30 degrees C throughout the year.This biome receives the most rainfall.. This biome receives no more than 25 centimeters per year.The temperature is extreme,being blazing hot during the day,and cold at night.. A layer of soil just below the earth's surface that stays permanently frozen found in tundra. Hard
Tundra It is the______ place on earth. The tundra is the____ place on earth. There is a layer of permanently frozen soil called ____. Most tundras receive little____. Tundra with mountains is called______. Hard
Under the Sea Layer of the ocean that gets filtered light. A vessel used to explore the ocean. Ocean on the west coast of the U.S.. Ocean on the east coast of the U.S.. Percent of the earth covered with oceans. Older Children
Volcano something inside in the volcano that makes ash when lava hits it . magma on the surface of the earth . a tool to measure earthquakes . center of the earth . outer layer of the earth . Older Children
Volcano where rocks melt to generate magma. large bowl-shaped cavity in the ground. molten rock. seperate. not having erupted in recorded history. Older Children
Volcano a hard, unreactive, colorless compound that occurs as the mineral quartz and as a principal constituent of sandstone and other rocks.. hot molten or semifluid rock erupted from a volcano or fissure. is an area where material from deep within earth's mantle rises through the crust and melts magma. these minerals can build up around the vent in a steep cone shaped hill or small mountain . a volcano that is sleeping ,and becomes active. Hard
Volcano and Earthquakes A big bowl shape that rock left when it hit.. The opening in which volcanic material is emitted. A surface or fracture in a rock. A crack or fracture in the Earths surface. A volcanic center, 60-120 miles across and persistant for at least a few tens of millions of years. Big
Volcanoes bowl-shaped depression that forms around the central vent.. rock fragments and particles ejected by a volcanic eruption.. long cracks in earth. the resistance of a substance to flow.. unusually hot are in earth's mantle where high-temperature plumes of mantle material rise toward the surface.. Big
Volcanoes This compound is present in all magma and effects the consistancy of the lava. Magma that has reached the surface of the Earth. Pilot Butte is this type of volcano (2 words). This type of volcano is tall, explosive, and dome shaped. This type of volcano is not erupting now, but may erupt in the future. Older Children
volcanoes What are bits of rock or solidified lava dropped from the air during an explosive volcanic eruption?. What is basaltic lava forming smooth undulating or ropy masses?. What is a steep-walled depression around a volcano's neck?. What is molten rock that flows from volcanoes onto Earth's surface?. What is the result of an unusually hot area at the boundary between Earth's mantle and core that forms volcanoes when melted rock is forced upward and breaks through the crust?. Older Children
Volcanoes Fine particles of rock dust blown from an explosion vent.. Earths natural temperature. Gentle lower slopes, but steep upper slopes; concave upward. A steep-sided, usually circular depression formed by either explosion or collapse at a volcanic vent.. When upwarpimg produces a circular or elongated structure. Big
Volcanoes Powdery residue left after the burning of a substance . The form of silicon, occuring especially escorts sand Flint and I p. A aispersion in air of molecules of water especially as produced by evaporation at ambient temp rather than by boiling . Convergent plate boundary where the oceanic lithosphere is suducting. Generates on convergent plates where the oceanic lithosphere is subducting. Hard
Water describes the region around a river where it meets the sea. rainfall that does not infiltrate the soil but flows over the land surface toward a surface drain. occur when a meander is cut off. water with a high level of salt. the spreading and mixing of chemical constituents in both surface and groundwaters. Hard
Water Complete the crossword below the draining away of water from the surface of an are (water draining in a shower). the action of process of precipitating a substance from a solution (rain). The watering of land to make it ready for agriculture (farmers use this process). the cycle of water circulating between the earth's oceans, atmosphere, and land. (it is a process). water that collects as droplets on a cold surface when humid air is in contact with it. (you see this on water bottles). Big
Water and Earth Processes Water in the form of a gas. Changes that occur at or near the Earth's surface and include weathering, deposition, and erosion.. The falling to Earth of any form of water(rain,snow,hail,sleet,mist). A scientist that studies water.. The continuous process by which water moves from Earth's surface to the atmosphere and back.. Big
Water Cycle Physical features below earth's surface (underground or under water). water in the form of a gas. a mixture of freshwater and saltwater. changes that occur at or near the Earth's surface and include weathering, deposition, and erosion.. the vertical distance from the crest of a wave to the trough. Very Difficult
Water Cycle water running along the surface of the ground. turns water into vapour. it is the movement of water. becomes water again. when water comes back on earth. Older Children
Water Systems The process of how frost is made.. Kills unwanted bugs. When a gas changes to liquid, heat is _____________.. The state of matter is which rain is in. . It is found at the bottom of the tank after alum is added.. Hard
Waves the bending of a wave as it enters a new medium at an angle. the maximum height of a wave . a material through which a wave travels. time required for one wave to pass. a wave that travels along a surface separating two media. Hard
Waves and Sound Vocabulary The branch of physics that deals with sound and sound waves. Number of cycles per unit of time of a wave or oscillation. The height of a wave. A substance through waves can travel (Liquid, Solid, Gas). Interference of two waves of frequency and opposite phase (ends with a cancellation). Hard
Weather Idioms to take someone up on their offer later. there is a positive side to this cloud. when you're not feeling well. lots of rain. to be very happy. Big
Weathering deposits rocks into new place. roots of plants grow into cracks of rocks. water freezes. dissolves rocks. H2O. Older Children
Weathering and Soil rich soil that is made up of equal parts of silt, clay, and sand. A method in which weeds and dead stalks from past crops get plowed into ground. management of soil to limit its destruction. process by which ice, water, wind, or gravity moves particles of rock and soil. range of values that show how acidic a substance is. Hard
Wetlands plants that float on top of the water but their roots are not in the soil below.. Tropical species of this animal need mangroves for hatchery and nursery grounds and the coral reef system for food.. often traps for them are set in wetlands. They're are good for eatin.. many live in wetlands and their croaks fill the silence.. the most productive wetlands and are usually dominated by tall plants.. Big
What My Plant Needs to Grow A plant becomes ______ and dies without sunlight, soil, or water. . ______ is very important.. Plants get _______ from the ground and rain.. Leaves turn from green to _______ when they die.. Plants take in gas called _________.. Easy
What's In the Ocean You got to pet one today. They have suckers on their arms. They really don't want to bite you, but have lots of teeth. They are very cute, furry and have lots of energy. They carry their houses, live on land and sea. Older Children
 
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