Nutrient Cycling Quiz


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What is the biosphere?

A. all the air and gases on the planet

B. made up of living things

C. the non-living soil, rocks, and minerals of the Earth

D. the rivers, lakes, and oceans of the Earth


The chemical symbol for potassium is _________

A. K

B. P

C. Po

D. N


Chemical process by which plants use sunlight to obtain sugars.

A. Transpiration

B. Respiration

C. Photosynthesis

D. Percolation

E. Evaporation


Substances in food that provide nourishment essential for growth and the maintenance of life are called nutrients. What are the 6 nutrients?

A. Carbohydrates, Meats, Minerals, Water, Protein, and Dairy

B. Fruits, Milk, Vitamins, Water, Pork, and Vitamins

C. Carbohydrates, Fats, Water, Protein, Minerals and Vitamins

D. Carbohydrates, Fats, Minerals, Cheese, Protein, and Vegetables


Types of organisms that serve to break down inorganic waste and deposit into the soil.

A. Diffusion

B. Decomposers

C. Detrivores

D. Fossil fuels

E. Denitrification


What is the main source of energy that drives the water cycle?

A. Sun

B. Wind

C. Precipitation

D. Water


What does this equation represent?

C6H12O6 + 6O2 —–> 6CO2 + 6H2O + ATP

A. The carbon cycle

B. Respiration

C. Photosynthesis

D. The nitrogen cycle


What is the atmosphere?

A. all the air and gases on the planet

B. made up of living things

C. the non-living soil, rocks, and minerals of the Earth

D. the rivers, lakes, and oceans of the Earth


Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins, Vitamins & Minerals

A. Breakfast

B. Food Pyramid

C. 4 Categories of Nutrients

D. Provide


What is the hydrosphere?

A. all the air and gases on the planet

B. made up of living things

C. the non-living soil, rocks, and minerals of the Earth

D. the rivers, lakes, and oceans of the Earth


The three most important mineral nutrients for plants are ____________, ____________, and _____________.

A. hydrogen, oxygen, and water

B. nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium

C. phosphorus, potash, and salt

D. phosphorus, fertilizer, and bacteria


Comes from the Greek word for “ground”

A. bio-

B. hydro-

C. atmo-

D. geo-


Comes from the Greek word for “air”

A. bio-

B. hydro-

C. atmo-

D. geo-


N2 is

A. Nitrogen that plants take up by their roots to grow

B. Nitrogen gas found in the atmosphere

C. Nitrogen found in living organisms

D. ammonia


The chemical symbol for phosphorus is _____________

A. P

B. K

C. S

D. Ph


A substance in food that your body needs to grow, to repair itself, and to supply you with energy.

A. Nutrition

B. Nutrients

C. calories

D. sodium


What is the geosphere?

A. all the air and gases on the planet

B. all the frozen water on the Earth

C. the non-living soil, rocks, and minerals of the Earth

D. the rivers, lakes, and oceans of the Earth


What is released as a waste product during respiration?

A. ATP

B. Carbon Dioxide

C. Water

D. Oxygen


Matter cycles through food webs and biogeochemical cycles.

A. TRUE

B. FALSE


Organic material (like coal and oil) that are the remnants of dead/decayed matter from millions of years ago.

A. Diffusion

B. Decomposers

C. Detrivores

D. Fossil fuels

E. Denitrification


What are the 3 most important minerals?

A. NPQ

B. NPL

C. NPK


Angie constructs models of the carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, and water cycle. What type of ecological models are these?

A. food web

B. food chain

C. biogeochemical cycles

D. geological system


Chemical process that animals and plants use to obtain energy.

A. Transpiration

B. Respiration

C. Photosynthesis

D. Percolation

E. Denitrification


What is the process where nitrogen is moved from the air to the soil to be used by plants and then returned to the atmosphere to be used again?

A. ammonia cycle

B. nitrogen cycle

C. bacterial cycle

D. water cycle


Comes from the Greek word for “water”

A. bio-

B. hydro-

C. atmo-

D. geo-




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