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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: Global Temperature Change and Water Reservoirs part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
If average global temperatures dropped 5 degrees C, which reservoir (source) of water would most likely experience the greatest percent volume change? a. Oceans b. Glaciers and ice sheets

ConcepTest: Ocean Salinity During an Ice Age part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
One million years ago ice sheets covered much of the Earth's land surface during an ice age. How did this affect the salinity of the oceans? a. Oceans were saltier than today. b. Oceans were less salty than ...

ConcepTest: Glacial Retreat part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
What happens during a glacial retreat? a. The glacier flows back to its origin. b. Less ice is supplied to the terminus of the glacier. c. The glacier ceases to flow.

ConcepTest: Snowline Retreat part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which scenario listed below will result in a snowline retreat? a. average summer temperatures increase, average winter precipitation increases b. average winter temperatures decrease, average winter precipitation ...

ConcepTest: Glacial Terminal Moraine Formation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A glacial terminal moraine forms when: a. the climate is getting colder. b. the climate is getting warmer. c. the climate is stable.

ConcepTest: Ocean Salinity #3 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Predict what would happen to the salinity of the world's oceans if the Indian Ocean was blocked off and all of its water evaporated. a. World's oceans would become more salty b. World's oceans would ...

ConcepTest: World Oceans #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map of the world's oceans and use it to answer the following question. Which of the locations would yield the lowest salinity values? a. B b. D c. C d. F

ConcepTest: Deflected Ocean Currents part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
How would the deflection of ocean currents be altered in the Northern Hemisphere if Earth's rotation changed direction from west to east to east to west? Ocean current directions would _________________ and ...

ConcepTest: Glacial Equilibrium part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
If a glacier is in equilibrium (accumulation = ablation), what occurs at the terminus? a. sediment is deposited b. the glacier erodes the underlying bedrock c. neither erosion nor deposition occurs

ConcepTest: Cake-Rock Analogy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Baking a cake could be seen as an analog for the formation of a. igneous rock b. metamorphic rock c. sedimentary rock.