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Monolith Monsters: Answers to video questions

1. meteors

2. burn up to dust

3. craters

4. desert/dry

5. strata

6. an ocean

7. geologists

8. bubbles and foams

9. died, and became stiff

10. because he can't figure out what happened to Ben

11. demolished

12. cleavage

13. silica

14. she is turning to stone

15. a meteor

16. the ground is discolored, lifeless

17. silicates

18. trace

19. make it flexible

20. crystal

21. water

22. evacuate

23. to try it on the rocks and see if it stops them from growing

24. a state of emergency

25. a salt (sodium chloride) solution (dissolved in water)

26. blow up the dam and make a saltwater barrier

27. science

28. 3%



Monolith Monsters: Suggested discussion answers

1. An iron lung is a machine that makes it possible for a person to breathe, when they can no longer do it for themselves. By lowering the pressure inside the "lung" it causes the person's lungs to inflate, and by increasing the pressure inside the person's lungs deflate.

2. According to the film nothing. Since saltwater stopped the monoliths, falling into the ocean's saltwater would have neutralized their effect.

3. The monoliths in the back could not grow because they had already used up all of the available silicon.

4. Most meteors that meet the Earth's atmosphere are about the size of a grain of sand, they, in part, make up the dust that is found in the atmosphere.

5. Percent solution = (grams of solute/grams of solution) x 100
50g salt/1050 g salt water = 0.047 (100) = 4.7%

6. Speed = distance/time therefore time = distance/speed
If the monoliths grow to 100 feet and then fall down every 10 min. they are moving forward at a speed of [100 feet/10 min. =] 10 feet/min.
So to get to town it will take [5280 feet/(10 feet/min.)] = 528 min. (8.8 hrs).

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