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Grade 9 Environmental Science
Grade 9 Environmental Science
Some rivers and lakes near large farms are heavily polluted. What is the most likely reason for this?
  1. excessive use of fertilizers on farms
  2. decaying animal carcasses
  3. trash dumping into rivers
Grade 9 Environmental Science
Nearly 70% of the energy used by the United States comes from
  1. fossil fuels
  2. solar power
  3. geothermal power
  4. hydroelectric power
Grade 9 Atmosphere
Clouds are made of billions of
  1. elements
  2. types of gases
  3. tiny water droplets
Grade 9 Minerals
A mineral CANNOT be
  1. solid.
  2. formed from once-living material.
  3. naturally occurring.
  4. light in color.
Grade 9 Geomorphology
The Ring of Fire refers to
  1. an active erupting volcano.
  2. the volcanoes surrounding the Pacific Ocean.
  3. the spreading that takes place on the ocean floor.
  4. the land once known as Pangaea.
Grade 9 Rocks
Sediment                     into sedimentary rock.
  1. Compacts or cements
  2. Morphs
  3. Melts
  4. Crystallizes
Grade 9 Geomorphology
Landslides are
  1. slow, flowing movements of soil.
  2. only caused by heavy rains.
  3. the rapid downhill movement of soil and rock.
  4. caused by the collapse of limestone bedrock.
Grade 9 Geomorphology
The formation of the Grand Canyon in Colorado is an example of
  1. glacial erosion.
  2. wind erosion.
  3. water erosion.
  4. chemical erosion.
Grade 9 Tectonics
The circum-Pacific belt is another name given to
  1. seismic gaps.
  2. the Pacific Ocean.
  3. the Ring of Fire.
  4. the Benioff zone.
Grade 9 Oceanography and Hydrology
Grade 9 Atmosphere
Doppler radar systems are used
  1. to locate storms
  2. to track weather balloons
  3. to determine air temperature
  4. to determine barometric pressure
Grade 9 Tectonics
The fastest-moving seismic waves produced by an earthquake are called
  1. P waves
  2. S waves
  3. Rayleigh waves
  4. surface waves
Grade 9 Environmental Science
Solar Energy is an example of what?
  1. Non-renewable Energy
  2. Geothermal Energy
  3. Biotic Factor
  4. Renewable Energy
Grade 9 Environmental Science
Grade 9 Tectonics
Energy waves that produce an earthquake begin at which location on or within Earth?
  1. the epicenter
  2. the seismic gap
  3. the focus
  4. the shadow zone
Grade 9 Environmental Science
Which part of the United States would be most ideal for wind power?
  1. Deserts of Southwest
  2. Places with river courses or significant differences in elevation.
  3. Great Plains
  4. Western States
Grade 9 Environmental Science
All of the following are ways to fight global warming EXCEPT:
  1. preserve forests
  2. conserve energy
  3. increase use of fossil fuels
  4. develop sustainable energy sources
Grade 9 Geomorphology
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