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Bare Earth Elements: A geo-themed pop quiz in honor of 12/12/12

These dome-shaped structures are formed by cyanobacteria.

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© Paul Harrison, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Who was this handsome, heavily armored fellow?

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Barnum Brown

This rock is made out of hydrated minerals such as chrysotile. What's it called?

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© Zimbres, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

**UPDATE**  Answers listed below. Scroll down carefully if you'd still like to test yourself.

Congratulations to Robert Ellis for winning an EARTH Magazine T-shirt!

Think you have your geo-vocabulary down, or want to test your geo-jargon chops? Be our guest!

Rearrange the twelve 12-letter words below using their 12-word definitions as clues. Some are a little easier, some are a little harder. All are geo-fantabulous!

Email your name and answers to toleson@earthmagazine.org with the subject "EARTH Quiz" by 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 14, 2012, for a chance to win an EARTH Magazine T-shirt. (We'll draw a winner at random from the respondents with the most correct answers.) And let us know on Twitter or Facebook if you can think of any other good 12-letter geo-words. Check back here for the answers in a few days.

Good luck!

 

1. ICOAUOSTAMDE

Containing lots of diatoms, single-celled algae that secrete intricate shells of silica.

2. OEGTMERLNACO

A siliciclastic sedimentary rock containing pebbles larger than 2 millimeters in diameter.

3. THSAEERORTPS

The ozone-rich layer between about 10 and 50 kilometers above Earth’s surface.

4. USKALSNYURAO

A squat, heavily armored Late Cretaceous dinosaur that lived in North America.

5. ORNAEATICYCR

Being built or increasing in size by the accumulation of external material.

6. EAMTLORSIOTT

A laminated, dome-shaped biogenic structure formed by cyanobacteria in shallow tidal zones.

7. NMKMAIIEGRDI

The geologic age that lasted from 156 million to 151 million years ago.

8. ATMMSIESOATM

Metamorphism that alters a rock’s chemical composition, often due to fluid infiltration.

9. UYFMCNONRITO

A surface between rock layers that were not deposited in chronological succession.

10. ONNWAAGDNALD

Paleozoic supercontinent that included Africa, Antarctica, Australia, South America, India and Arabia

11. NNSTEETRPIIE

Rock composed of minerals — like chrysotile — formed by hydration of ferromagnesian precursors.

12. MATRHEOINEHL

Having to do with fluid flow caused by temperature or salinity gradients.

 

**ANSWERS**

1. Diatomaceous; 2. Conglomerate; 3. Stratosphere; 4. Ankylosaurus; 5. Accretionary; 6. Stromatolite; 7. Kimmeridgian; 8. Metasomatism; 9. Unconformity; 10. Gondwanaland; 11. Serpentinite; 12. Thermohaline

Timothy Oleson
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 22:30