Science Quiz / 'W', 'X', 'Y', and 'Z' in Geology

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Can you name the answers to these Geology questions where all of the answers begin with 'W', 'X', 'Y', or 'Z'?

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A technique used to identify minerals and other crystalline materials by bombarding them with X-rays*
The world's first national park; famous for hot springs, geysers, forested mountains, and wildlife
Prefix used to describe coal or opal that maintains the original wood grain structure
The breakdown of rocks, soil, and minerals by interactions with Earth's atmosphere, waters, and organisms
Greenland warmed 10°C in a decade at the end of this famous near-glacial period about 11,500 years ago
His theory of Continental Drift was the forerunner to the modern theory of Plate Tectonics
This gemstone forms during regional metamorphism and hydrothermal alteration; tanzanite is one variety
A pre-existing rock that has been incorporated into magma without being melted (#4 above)
A hard and durable nesosilicate mineral commonly used to date rocks that are billions of years old (#2 above)
A group of hydrous aluminosilicates that are similar to the feldspars; they fuse and swell when heated
A tributary that parallels the main channel of a stream for a considerable distance
A crystal that does not have uniform color or composition (e.g., the tourmaline in #1 above)
A level beneath the Earth's surface, below which all pore spaces are filled with water
The sulfide mineral sphalerite is the most common ore for this element
The father of biogeography, independently developed the theory of natural selection - no beagles needed
This mostly submerged mass of continental crust in the southern Pacific Ocean may qualify as a continent
A stream bed (often in a steep-sided valley) that is dry except during the rainy season (#3 above)
Removal of surface water or groundwater for human use

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