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Hydrology continuous process by which water moves from the Earth's surface to the atmosphere. a large stream of moving water that flows on the ocean floor. the process that changes water to a gas. the process that changes the state of water by turning it form water to a gas. the process in which plants absorb water through their roots. Big
Marine life half sunlight. makes light and helps find food . use blades to stay safe. sticks on floor like anchor. baldes helps blend in with ocean. 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
Earth Day More than 100 _________ in any medium, air, water, or soil can cause birth defects, gene mutation, and cancer.. ___ pollution can cause various respitory diseases.. Each year 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, storm water, and industrial waste are dumped into U.S. ______.. _____ is the worlds largest producer of carbon dioxide. The United States in number 2.. Americans buy more than 29 million _____ of water each year.. Older Children
How Soil Forms soil that is made up of about equal parts of clay, sand, and silt. measures acidity. solid layer of rock beneath the soil. decayed organic material. consists of clay and other particles of rock, but little humus. Older Children
Marine Science A defect or imperfection. Process in which new ocean floor is created . The act or state of eroding.. the solid portion of the earth . produced under conditions involving intense heat, as rocks of volcanic origin or rocks crystallized from molten magma.. Older Children
Continental Drift find the words This occurs at divergent boundaries where new ocean floor is formed.. The edges of Earth's plates where two or more plates meet. The pieces of Earth's lithosphere are in slow, constant motion and float on convection currents in the mantle.. When two plates move apart: Ocean floor Spreading occurs. New ocean floor is formed. A mid-ocean ridge forms and a Rift valley forms.. This is a theory developed by Alfred Wegener that states that Earth's plates were once one huge landmass and over years they were broken apart and drifted to their present location. . Big
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
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
Ecological Interactions an interaction in which one organism hunts and kills another animal for food. a factor in the ecosystem that keeps a population from growing too large. an interaction in which one organism benefits and the other organism is harmed. shows how the energy in food is passed from one organism to another in an ecosystem. all the living and nonliving things that interact in an area. Hard
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
Earth Day the act of producing or sending out something. to conserve or protect. a mixture of soil and decayed material that provides nutrients for plants. all the living and nonliving things that interact with each other in an enviornment. a species dying out. Big
Oceans inactive volcanoes below the water. The cold water current along the west coast of USA.. At poles during summer , prouctivity of marine organisms __________. surface currents get deflected by coriolis effect and presence of ......... water wirh greater density will be __________. Older Children
Magnetism solar winds create this in the northern and southern hemispheres. the 2 poles of a magnet. core. north and south pole of a magnet. an area. Older Children
Fungi Read the questions and fill in the blanks that correspond to the question with the answer. What is responsible for the flavors of roquefort and camembert cheeses?. How does Fungi get its energy?. What is usually the visible portion of a mushroom?. What allows fungi to digest their food?. What do fungi reproduce asexually through?. Big
Ocean and Landforms Read the clues and answer the crossword puzzle. Dropping of sediments by water wind and ice. Process that builds landforms. Wide flat areas of land that is underwater. An underwater opening that has magma that flows. A shift in the Earth's crust due to gravity. Big
Dandelion Herbs that tend to calm, moderate or tranquilize nervousness or excitement.. Herbs that restore the body to health.. Reduces inflammation in the body.. Plants that take 2 years to complete their life cycle.. Herbs that sooth and protect the skin when applied externally. . Big
Groundwater Capacity of soil to hold water. Groundwater under pressure, confined by impermeable layers. Water going back into the aquifer. Lowering of the water table near a well . How fast water flows through the soil. Hard
Earth Layers The transfer of heat to the surface of the earth from the inner core, causing the tectonic plates to shift. The hard, broken layer of the mantle that carries all the continents and sits on the asthenosphere. Density gets higher the farther into the earth. The soft layer of the mantle that the Lithosphere rests on, convection currents run through it. The outermost layer of the earth that we stand on. Hard
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
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
Ocean and Lake Diversity this water is a mixture of freshwater and saltwater. where living things interact with other living things and non living things. this pond is very salty. adaptation which allows fish to breathe underwater. floating barrier which prevents oil spills from spreading. Hard
Prehistory of the Marianas An extrusive usually dark grayish rock consisting essentially of oligoclase or feldspar.. The study of the structure, formation, and history of the Earth, especially as recorded in rocks.. A fault in which the displacement is largely in the direction of the strike; Fault with mostly horizontal displacement.. A submarine mountain rising above the deep sea floor.. Having died out; No longer active, no longer in existence or use.. Hard
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
Grasslands overall temperatureand precipitation. _________ used to roam the North American grasslands.. vegetation grows during the_________.. ____________ used to be seen as a treeless wasteland.. their are few ________ in the grasslands.. 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
Earth Sciences Earthquake & Plate Tectonics shakes particles. where an earthquake starts. deformed rocks reaction. where the movement has occured. driven by convection currents in the mantle. Hard
Oceans and Continents You find the Statue of Liberty in this continent. Earth is known as this . Large, continuous area of land. Mountain range in Southern Europe. The smallest continent . Very Difficult
Earth ash. the molten, fluid, rockthat issues from a volcano . lithosphere is broken into a number of crustal plates. the central intermost part of the earth. the movement of contintns resulting resuming from the motion of crustal plates. Hard
Agriculture Improved methods of cultivation, harvesting, and storage of farm produce.. Crop that is reproduced by cultivating the seeds. Genetically modified organisms. Economic activity concerned with the direct extraction of natural resources from the environment. Genetic modification of an animal such that it is rendered for human control. Hard
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
Mass Movements, Wind, and Glaciers moving mass of ice. wind's removal of surface particles. wind-blown silt deposits. landslides tht rotate around curves. swiftly moving mud and water. Hard
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
Lunar Eclipse Test your knowledge on the Lunar Eclipse! What Earth casts on the moon during a lunar eclipse.. There is a lunar eclipse about ___ times a year.. The color of the sun's light that reaches the moon during a lunar eclipse.. The biggest of the three planets that are a part of a lunar eclipse.. One of the two main types of eclipse. This one lasts longer than the other.. Older Children
Precious Minerals The sapphire is _________'s birthstone. Is the second hardest mineral, shared with the July birthstone. The birthstone is green, and is May's birthstone. Is the pale light blue birthstone for March. The July birthstone is a red color, is the second hardest mineral. Usually forms rounded, and can be found in forms of grain. It is also poisonous.. Hard
Layers of the Earth Large fractures in rocks along which movement occurs. Crust found under the oceans. Made of the crust and the upper part of the mantle. How much matter is in a given amount of space. Earth's thinnest, outermost layer. Older Children
Caves A person who explores caves as a sport or hobby. 'World of the ice giants'. A rock formation hanging from the ceiling of a cave. A scientist who studies caves. The Blue Grotto is found on this Italian island. Hard
Erosion and Deposition laying down or settling of eroded material. large mass of ice that formed on land. layered sediment deposited by streams of water that flowed from a melting glacier. moud or ridge of unsorted sediment deposited by a glacier. removal of weathered material from one location to another. Older Children
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
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
Planet Earth Solve the clues to find the correct scientific term to complete the puzzle Deep underwater valleys. When tectonic plates are moving toward each other . Alfred Wegener's theory. When a mineral breaks into rough, jagged pieces. The building blocks of rocks. Hard
Rain Forest Water that has heated and turned into a gas.. A pattern of events that repeat themselves.. A big ship that carries goods, such as food minerals.. The rise and fall of the surface of the area.. Joined by a flap of skin as between toes or fingers.. Older Children
Mass The process in which sediment is laid down in new locations.. Strength or power exerted upon an object.. The remains of anything broken down or destroyed; ruins; rubble.. A hill or slope down which one may slide down. . Any complete round or series of occurrences that repeats or is repeated. . Big
Earth putting chemicales in the environment. bad rain that comes from the sky. gas that surrounds the earth. To use something again. something thats melting the artic. Older Children
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
Our Environment rock particles are picked up and moved to another location. animals that feed on both plants and animals. consists of living things and the physical place they live. non-living things in an ecosystem. living things that cannot make their own food and depend on the eating of other organisms. Hard
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
Erosion drpping of sediment that occurswhen an agent of erosion can no longer carry it.. farming methiod to reduse erosoin on steep slops. arable land that is worked by plowing and sowing and raising crop. methiod for redusing soil erosion. process in which surface materials are worn away. 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
Natural Disasters A floating sheet of ice permanently attached to a landmass. The powdery residue left after the burning of a substance. Rock fragments and particles ejected by a volcanic eruption.. Hot molten or semifluid rock erupted from a volcano or fissure, or solid rock resulting from cooling of this. The wearing away or destruction of the outer or forward surface of an object, such as a meteorite or a spacecraft.. Older Children
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