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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
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
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
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
Deserts What animal can go days without food or water?. Antarctica is the __ desert.. The driest erts support almost no __ productivity.. Most animals have an __ that allows them to store all their body fat in one area of their body because it is able to retain heat.. Some deserts are so hot, when it rains the water __ before it touches the ground.. Big
Earthquakes Waves caused by earthquakes.. The place where an earthquake starts.. Structures in building that move in opposition to earthquake waves and oppose their effect.. The type of boundary is where the strongest earthquakes occur.. Waves that travel along the crust near the surface and cause the most destruction.. Older Children
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
Open Ocean One of the key components of forming the base of most marine food webs in a marine ecosystem.. They are often linked to the causes of human and animal disease.. Determined by physical, chemical and chemical environmental factors.. A large predictor at the top of the pelagic food chain.. Microscopic plant-like organisms that also play a large role in forming the base of most marine food webs. They also consume carbon dioxide and release oxygen. . Hard
Coral Reefs Nearly ___________ of the world's coral reefs are threatened by human activity. The diversity of the species living within different coral reefs depends on the reef's ________ and the direction of the water. Coral reefs exist in __________ water. A group of coral is called a ________. Coral are not ________. They're actually animals and are amazingly enough, relatives of jellyfish and anemones. Big
Evergreen Tropical Rainforest Deposits of precious metals and .......... occur underneath rainforests. . Covering less than 2 percent of the ....... total surface area, the world's rainforests are home to 50 percent of the Earth's plants and animals.. Evergreen Tropical Rainforests do not have a ...................... . An area of rainforest the size of football field is being ................ each second. . The tropical rainforests play an important role in reducing atmospheric ............ . Big
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
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
Natural Disasters These include information about only a few of the total amount of natural disasters. San Francisco 1906. northern Indian Ocean-Myanmar and Ayeyarwady Delta 2008. Indonesia (then it was dutch west indies) 1883. India's West Bengal 1970. China's Henan Province 1887. 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
Grassland Ecosystem Complete the crossword below!! :) The weather conditions prevailing in an area in general . A biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment. A feature belonging typically to a person, place, or thing and serving to identify it or them. Non-living physical and chemical elements of an environment . It has a single stem or trunk growing to a considerable height with branches. Hard
Climate Change Complete the puzzle below What happens to polar ice caps because of climate change. What is a main cause of greenhouse gases. Where can most greenhouse gases be found. What country is the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide. What is the name of the energy source that uses the suns rays as a power source. Moderately Challenging
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
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
Earthquakes Read the hints and put the best word in the spaces the point where the crust begins to break resulting in an earthquake. bends in rock that form from compression. compress and expand the ground(seismic waves). instrument that records earthquakes. shearing occurs along this type of fault. Hard
Flowers .............. Parkinson from Harry Potter (It also comes in multiple bright colours). A flower with multiple petal layers. Tuols (Anagram). Helen's pig is named .............. (ltiove) Anagram. A white flower that is commonly seen around school. Big
Coastal Environments wearing away of land by natural forces. a liquid you find at the beach. a ridge of rock lying below the surface of the sea. small fragments of rock which have been worn away from a mass by waves or water. the vertical distance from water level. Older Children
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
Ocean Biome The largest kind of sea weed which grows in large groups. Grows to 12 feet long and lives up to 60 years. It's neurotoxin can kill a human and there is no anti-venom. Lightless area 3,000 feet below the surface. Can reach ten feet in length and weigh up to 80 pounds. Big
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
Plate Dancing Use the hint to guess the word dance on a volcano. two close palte that motion in opposite direction. the region where magma breaks and forms a new sea floor. a lively entertainment spot. the study of the Earth's magnetic field. Hard
Land And Water The act of disposing of something. The time of year when it snows. A type of land covered with dense trees. A large, flat area of land. A very large, hot, and sunny area of land where there is lots of sand. Big
Pollution Terms Gases which tend to trap heat radiating from the Earth’s surface, so causing warming in the lower atmosphere. In the context of the atmosphere, gases or particles released into the air . Disposing of waste illegally by not using bins or official recycling centers, civic amenity sites or landfills. Waste that poses a risk to human health or the environment . A general term for any chemicals that are used to kill weeds, fungi, insects or other pests. Big
Landforms Rock sediment that has stopped moving and has settled down due to the force of gravity. The breaking apart of rock into smaller fragment. The moving of rock by wind, water or gravity. Stored energy that is ready to be used. A small geographical area identified by it's ecology. Older Children
Oceanography The frozen one, far south. Dormant underwater volcano with flat top. Dormant underwater volcano with normal sharp peak. Parts per thousand. Largest ocean. Big
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
Rainforests One of the many indigenious groups of people living in the Amazon rainforest. Small rainforest frog with bright red eyes. The interelationships between all of the living things in one area. A large endangered primate from Africa. A rainforest bird with a huge colourful beak. Hard
Coral Reefs brightly-colored fish is orange with three white vertical stripes. a underwater snake. Mollusk with eight long arms. Its fin can be seen above the water and its teeth are feared. Hard formation in tropical seas with varied forms and colors. Big
Coniferous Forest These clues are about the coniferous forest. Green for all the seasons. Some animals of the coniferous forest do this during the cold winter months. Leaves of the pine tree that resist wind and frost damage. cone bearing. The ancestors of the evergreen trees were nibbled on by these. Big
Carnivorous Plants helps digest the insects or small animals. . the only plant that can move.. flypaper traps ___ when they are triggered.. some types of carnivorous plants have___ hairs.. type of water that can build up and kill carnivorous plants.. Hard
Coral Reefs Complete crossword Soft, squishy material used to clean things but differnt forms are found in reefs.. Flat like,slippery animal with a powerful barbed tail. Large sea creature with strong fins to help it speed through the water to catch it's prey. A clear liquid. Something that still has life -breathing-eating etc. Big
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
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
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