Earth & Space Science


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2016-02-15 18:46 Are teams allowed to use the webcam on their computer?

No. Webcams are not allowed during the competition.

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2016-01-14 22:19 Is additional storage allowed in the form of flash drives, sd cards, external hard drives, etc. along with computers?

Yes this is allowed.

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2016-02-09 20:29 The rules state that computers may be use as a source for information, so are tablets allowed to be used as replacements?

Yes, tablets are included in the classification of a "computer".

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2015-10-05 15:26 The rules delineate between "objects" and "systems." Can questions be asked about associated exoplanets or stars for the "objects" listed in this year's rules, or is it limited to only the listed "object."

Yes. Systems will have questions concerning the motions and properties of both the exoplanets and their stars. The exoplanets listed as objects will be dealt with as individual objects though there is the possibility of questions concerning the effects of the exoplanets on their parent stars.

Dynamic Planet - Div C

Fossils - Div C

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2016-03-28 21:26 On the Fossil List you have C. megalodon. Is the C for Carcharodon or Carcharocles

Carcharodon. Due to the debatable taxonomic assignment of C. megalodon to either Carcharodon or Carcharocles, questions on evolutionary history of C. megalodon should not appear on Science Olympiad fossil events. Questions about C. megalodon should be limited to the interpretation of the species.

GeoLogic Mapping

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2016-01-16 20:24 The parameters call for a geologic compass and I'm just trying to clarify what is meant by geologic compass. Transit compass or bearing compass for maps?

Any compass that allows to take strike, dip, plunge, and trend measurements will be good. Therefore, students need a compass that, on top of indicating the magnetic North, also has a clinometer and allows sighting distant landmarks.

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2016-01-16 20:25 Using a geologic compass is new this year. There is a wide range of models and prices. What is recommended?

All Silva compasses in the "Ranger" series provide a cheaper and good alternative to the much more expensive Brunton compass.