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Earth Science Life-List Challenge-Student Version


Are you AWAKE?

One of the best ways to learn about Earth Science is to notice it all around you. In noticing things, you can think about why it is the way it is and what it tells you about our world.

Here is a game in which you can keep score of the things you have seen and compare your own Earth Science experience with that of other people. There are three sections to the game: What you have seen, what you have found, and what you have experienced.

    Type in your first name.


    Type in your age in years.

Indicate each thing that you are certain that you have seen, found, or experienced. You must both know what something is and be absolutely certain you have seen, found, or experienced it.  If you try to claim that you have seen impossible things, your submission won't be scored.

Have You Seen:

if yes

yes no      An erupting volcano

yes no      A volcano that's not erupting

yes no      The Northern Lights or The Southern Lights

yes no      A Tornado touching the ground

yes no      A total Lunar Eclipse

yes no      A waning crescent Moon (different from a waxing crescent)

yes no      A waxing crescent Moon (different from a waning crescent)

yes no      A modern Coral Reef

yes no      An active Glacier

yes no      An erupting Geyser

yes no      A Hot Spring, warmer than body temperature

yes no      A Comet visible to the naked eye

yes no      A Comet that you saw during the day

yes no      Layers of Rock offset by a fault

yes no      Layers of rock that have been folded

yes no      A Barchan Sand Dune

yes no      An Alluvial Fan in an arid region

yes no      A Glacial Erratic bigger than a car

yes no      Rock that you knew was bedrock and not float

yes no      A Great Canyon (more than 2000 feet deep)

yes no      A Continental Divide

yes no      An Open Pit Mine

yes no      A Limestone Cave

yes no      The belt of Orion

yes no      The Big Dipper

yes no      The Southern Cross

yes no      Mars, Jupiter or Saturn in the Night Sky

yes no      Venus or Mercury in the Morning or Evening Sky

yes no      Four Moons of Jupiter through a telescope

yes no      The Rings of Saturn through a telescope

yes no      Crater Copernicus from Earth (with binoculars)

yes no      Crater Tsiolkovsky from Earth (with or without binoculars)

yes no      A Meteor

yes no      Cloud to Ground Lightning

yes no      Hail larger than 2 inches in diameter

yes no      A snow flake under a magnifying glass

yes no      A cumulonimbus cloud

yes no      A cirrus, altocumulus, or cirrocumulus cloud

yes no      A stratus cloud

yes no      A diffraction corona around the Moon (different from a refraction halo)

yes no      A sundog

yes no      a refraction halo around the Sun

yes no      A rainbow

yes no      A double rainbow

yes no      A mirage other than the "water on the highway" mirage

yes no      A dinosaur footprint in a rock that remains in place where it was found

yes no      A large Karst Sinkhole

yes no      A Natural Arch

yes no      A Fjord

yes no      A major avalanche happening

yes no      Cave straws forming in an active cavern.

yes no      A crater or other feature left on Earth by a meteorite


Have you (personally) found:

if yes

yes no      A piece of petrified wood

yes no      A fossil Mollusc (like fossil snails,ammonites, and some sea shells)

yes no      A fossil Trilobite

yes no      A fossil Arthropod other than Trilobite.

yes no      A fossil Crinoid

yes no      A fossil Brachiopod

yes no      A fossil or modern Bryozoa

yes no      A trace fossil of an invertebrate animal (such as a fossil track or burrow)

yes no      A living or modern Ginko Tree

yes no      A living or modern Rugose Coral (Horn coral)

yes no      A fossil Coral (any type)

yes no      A leaf imprint in a sedimentary rock

yes no      A piece of Granite

yes no      A piece of Basalt

yes no      A piece of Gneiss or Schist

yes no      A piece of Limestone

yes no      A piece of Sandstone

yes no      A rock more than 1 Billion Years Old

yes no      A cubic crystal of Pyrite

yes no      A hexagonal crystal of Quartz

yes no      A crystal of Calcite

yes no      A diamond, ruby, emerald, or sapphire.

yes no      A piece of amber.

yes no      A Meteorite (must be confirmed as a meteorite by an expert)

yes no      A rock with glacial striations

yes no      Bone or teeth from an extinct Fish


Have You Experienced:

if yes

yes no      A hurricane

yes no      An Earthquake of 5.5 (Richter scale) or greater (If you slept through the whole thing, like me, it doesn't count--Dr. C)

yes no      A 100-year or greater Flood of a major river

yes no      A Tsunami (breakers at least 5 meters high)

yes no      A Blizzard (Designated a blizzard by an official Weather Service-- based on visibility, but usually >35mph winds sustained, not gusts)

yes no      Air Temperatures in excess of 110 degrees F (as reported by USWS or equivalent)

yes no      Air Temperatures in excess of 140 degrees F (as reported by USWS or equivalent)

yes no      Air Temperatures below -40 degrees F (as reported by USWS or equivalent)

yes no      A Volcanic Ash fall with greater than 0.5 inches ash accumulation

yes no      A meteor storm (a meteor or more per second for at least 5 minutes). 

yes no      A Partial Solar Eclipse

yes no      A Total Solar Eclipse

yes no      A Dust or Sand Storm (visibility less than 1 mile)

yes no      Watching the sun set or rise inside the Arctic or Antarctic circle.

yes no      The perfect darkness deep inside a cave.

yes no      Being in Outer Space

You can check other folks' geology life lists also, including those here and here.


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