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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The sulfide mineral sphalerite is the most common ore for this element
Removal of surface water or groundwater for human use
A pre-existing rock that has been incorporated into magma without being melted (#4 above)
His theory of Continental Drift was the forerunner to the modern theory of Plate Tectonics
A tributary that parallels the main channel of a stream for a considerable distance
A technique used to identify minerals and other crystalline materials by bombarding them with X-rays*
A crystal that does not have uniform color or composition (e.g., the tourmaline in #1 above)
A stream bed (often in a steep-sided valley) that is dry except during the rainy season (#3 above)
This gemstone forms during regional metamorphism and hydrothermal alteration; tanzanite is one variety
A level beneath the Earth's surface, below which all pore spaces are filled with water
Greenland warmed 10°C in a decade at the end of this famous near-glacial period about 11,500 years ago
A group of hydrous aluminosilicates that are similar to the feldspars; they fuse and swell when heated
The breakdown of rocks, soil, and minerals by interactions with Earth's atmosphere, waters, and organisms
Prefix used to describe coal or opal that maintains the original wood grain structure
A hard and durable nesosilicate mineral commonly used to date rocks that are billions of years old (#2 above)
The world's first national park; famous for hot springs, geysers, forested mountains, and wildlife
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

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