Rock Hound

Rock Hound

Description: Students will prepare charts and use them to identify various rocks and minerals.  Questions about the rocks or minerals, such as their color, specific gravity, relative hardness, reaction to 3 molar hydrochloric acid, shape, and texture will be asked.  This year will focus more on Metamorphic rocks.

 

Event Supervisor: Paul Randazzo

   

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 Download the current rules here.  
 From the Event Coach Workshop.
 Reexperience the Rock Hound workshop
 
 This event uses an optical answer sheet (e.g.,Scantron) Learn more
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Should we study anthracite coal as sedimentary or metamorphic?

Anthracite coal should be classified as metamorphic.  It was previously classified by petrologists as sedimentary rock, but a few years back scientific community decided that it has undergone enough pressure to be considered metamorphic - albeit very low grade metamorphic.

In the rules, under the list of rocks in the Metamorphic category, it says "hyllite". Is that correct?

There is a typo in the rules.  The correct listing should say "Phyllite".

May students put the letter/numbers on the chart that corresponds with the rocks in their box?

Students may put any information on the 8 1/2" x 14" chart that they may bring into the event, including the index letter or number that is on a rock specimen.

 

However, because they will not be allowed to bring their own rock specimens into the competition, it is unclear what value that information might have.

Where can I find example questions for this test?

For some events (including Rock Hound), we have posted copies of old practice tests on this website.  

See http://macombso.org/index.php/esoresources/district-tournament-tests

 

You should be careful when using these resources, because some questions may no longer match the rules.