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College Atmosphere
Seasons are caused by
  1. solar radiation
  2. trade winds and currents
  3. distance from the sun
  4. tilt of the earth
College Environmental Science
Earth's climate
  1. has been stable over the history of the planet
  2. is changing as a result of natural and human processes
  3. will stabilize over the next century, according to the predictions of most scientists
  4. has changed only once due to the evolution of green photosynthesizing plants
  5. history is undeterminable because there is no method of studying climatic history of the planet
College Rocks
College Environmental Science
Why would the Earth be looked upon as a system?
  1. Due to the earth being complex
  2. Due to earth's density being different throughout
  3. As one aspect changes, another aspect responds to that change
  4. Due to earth being a huge planet
  5. None of the above
College Atmosphere
What is the correct order of atmospheric layers?
  1. stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, aerosphere
  2. mesosphere, thermosphere, aerosphere, troposphere
  3. troposphere, stratosphere, aerosphere, mesosphere
  4. troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere
  5. troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, troposphere
College Atmosphere
The Great Oxidation Event took place approximately how many years ago?
  1. 900 million
  2. 2.3 billion
  3. 2.5 billion
  4. 4.6 billion
College Geomorphology
A mountain or mountain building event
  1. Fault
  2. Caldera
  3. Orogeny
  4. Rifting
  5. Tumuli
College Environmental Science
The primary causes of acid deposition are                                 .
  1. tropospheric ozone
  2. sulfur and nitrogen oxides
  3. soil dust and sand
  4. radon gas and fuel wood smoke
  5. carbon monoxide and formaldehyde
College Environmental Science
Energy conservation in the United States
  1. can be accomplished only through changed in environmental laws
  2. is unlikely to ever occur
  3. can be accomplished by changed in tax laws
  4. will be reality only if there is another major war
  5. can be improved as individuals make conscious choices to reduce personal consumption
College Environmental Science
Which of the following is a non-point pollution source?
  1. Acid mine drainage
  2. A pipe coming out of a factory
  3. Raw sewage being discharged from a cruise ship
  4. Run-off from agricultural fields
  5. A sewage treatment plant
College Environmental Science
College Historical Geology
Which of the following CANNOT be demonstrated in fossil records?
  1. The number of total individuals in a species
  2. Origin of a new species
  3. Morphological changes within a species
  4. Extinction of a species
College Environmental Science
College Environmental Science
Photochemical smog differs from industrial smog in that it                                           .
  1. is formed only in the presence of sunlight
  2. has large quantities of soot
  3. is primarily compose of carbon monoxide
  4. consists of primary pollutants
  5. is an unhealthy mixture of pollutants
College Environmental Science
College Atmosphere
The Coriolis effect                                                               .
  1. keeps Earth from spinning too fast
  2. is caused by the moon
  3. results in ice and dark at the poles in winter
  4. keeps the wind circulating at constant speed around the planet
  5. is caused by earth's rotational forces
College Environmental Science
The US Senate has so far opposed emissions reductions on the grounds that
  1. no other nations have pledged reductions
  2. the US does not emit significant amounts of greenhouse gases
  3. President Obama rejected the scientific basis of global climate change
  4. it might hurt the economy
  5. the US already reduced its emissions by 68% as agreed in the Copenhagen treaty
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