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David Steer and David McConnell at the University of Akron are creating and reviewing ConcepTests for introductory geoscience courses. If anyone would like to test existing questions or submit additional questions, please contact them.

This collection was created with funding from the National Science Foundation, (DUE-0087894).

Introductory geoscience students may attempt to deal with the material by trying to simply memorize it. McConnell et al. (2003) suggest that geoscience ConcepTests should be additionally restricted to the level of comprehension or application in Bloom's taxonomy.


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ConcepTest: Drivers of Ocean Salinity Variations part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:ConcepTests:Examples
Imagine ocean circulation stopped suddenly, with half of the world's salts in the northern hemisphere and half in the southern hemisphere. Assuming no net difference between evaporation and precipitation ...

ConcepTest: Ocean Element Profiles - 1 part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:ConcepTests:Examples
Which element could have a depth profile in the ocean that looks like this? A. Oxygen, an element produced during photosynthesis B. Barium, an element required in trace amounts for micro-organisms C. Nitrogen, a ...

ConcepTest: Shock Sequences part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A seismograph records four earthquakes of magnitude 3.7, 3.2, 6.5 and 4.3 and then seismicity decreases. Which is a likely foreshock /aftershock sequence? a. 3.7, 3.2/6.5 b. 3.2, 6.5/4.3 c. 3.2, 3.7/4.3 d. 6.5/4.3

ConcepTest: Foreshock part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A seismograph records four earthquakes of magnitude 3.7, 3.2, 6.5 and 4.3 and then seismicity decreases. Which earthquake(s) represent (a) foreshock(s)? a. 3.7 and 3.2 b. 3.2 only c. 3.7 only d. 3.7 and 6.5

ConcepTest: EQ Recurrence Interval part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Plate A moves 3 cm/yr past plate B. A typical earthquake along the plate boundary has 6 meters of slip. What is the recurrence interval of the earthquake? a. 0.2 years b. 2 years c. 200 years d. 2000 years

ConcepTest: Mercalli Intensity part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
In 1872, 25 people were killed in Lone Pine when their adobe homes collapsed during an earthquake. What was the Mercalli Intensity of the earthquake? a. I - III b. IV—VI c. VII—X d. XI—XII

ConcepTest: Characteristics of the Ocean Floor part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
What is the relationship between age and the character of the ocean floor? Which statement is TRUE? a. Deeper regions of the ocean floor tend to be younger b. The Pacific is larger than the Atlantic because it ...

ConcepTest: Location of Deep Earthquakes part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Where will deep earthquakes occur most frequently in the plate tectonic setting shown below?

ConcepTest: Plate Tectonic Theory part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the following statements is not consistent with plate tectonic theory? a. Continental crust is generally older than oceanic crust. b. The number of plates has changed through time. c. Mountain chains are ...

ConcepTest: Box Modelling: Fluxes & Turnover Times part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the following is true of the simplified ocean-atmosphere water cycle depicted in the box model below? A. There is a net flux of water from ocean to atmosphere. B. There is a net flux of water from ...

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