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GG 103 Geology of the Hawaiian Islands First Exam Topics

The exam consists 4-5 written questions:

The potential comprehension questions are listed below.

The potential application question is related to one or more of the comprehension topics. A satisfactory response has three parts:

  1. List the topic(s) that applies, e.g. I can respond by using the Density Structure of Earth.
  2. Briefly explain the parts of the concept necessary to respond to question, e.g. Three layers, density and compositional differences, etc.
  3. Answer the question.

Potential Written Comprehension Exam Questions

The 3-5 written comprehension questions will come from lecture topics

Formation of the Hawaiian Islands


Discuss the characteristics of the geography of the Hawaiian Islands. (10)

Ring of Fire

Discuss the ring of fire. (10)

Hot Spots

Discuss hot spots. (10)

Decompression Melting

Discuss decompression melting. (10)

The Hawai'i Hot Spot

Discuss the formation of the Hawaiian Islands. (10)

Hawai'i Minerals and Rocks


Discuss silicates and their classification system. (10)

Other Common Minerals

Discuss the other common mineral groups in Hawai'i besides silicates. (8)


Discuss the different types of rocks. (7)

Igneous Rocks

Discuss igneous rocks. (10)


The list of exam topics and potential written questions for the first exam is complete


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