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Which group of organisms is most responsible for changing the composition of Earth's early atmosphere?
a) algae b) fungi c) reptiles d) angiosperms
The average rainfall in Nevada is about 7 inches per year. The most likely reason for the low amount of rainfall is the
a) high elevations of deserts b) location north of the equator c) lack of moisture in the air d) great distance from the ocean
Why does air pressure decrease from the troposphere to the exosphere?
a) because there are fewer air molecules as altitude increases b) because there are more air molecules as altitude increases c) because there are higher temperatures as altitude increases d) because there are lower temperatures as altitude increases.
How does the temperature of the stratosphere compare to the mesosphere?
a) It is colder than the mesosphere because the stratosphere contains the ozone layer. b) It is warmer than the mesosphere because the stratosphere contains the ozone layer. c) It is colder than the mesosphere because the stratosphere contains the ionosphere. d) It is warmer than the mesosphere because the stratosphere contains the ionosphere.
Why is it important for the United States to monitor air pollution levels in other countries?
a) Air pollution can improve the ozone layer amounts in the atmosphere. b) Air pollution can travel to the United States and affect people's health. c) The United States is the only country able to monitor air quality. d) The United States has clean air and is able to help other countries.
Earth can be viewed as an engine and heat exchange is part of the engine system. Which would be an example of a transfer of energy from the atmosphere to the lithosphere?
a) a volcano erupts in the state of Washington b) an earthquake takes place off the coast of Japan c) a wild fire scorches a prairie in the upper Midwest d) A hurricane moves from the Gulf of Mexico onto land
In the United States, lightning occurs most often in Florida. Which of these is a cause for lightning?
a) discharge between rain clouds and Earth b) rapidly expanding air caused by intense heat c) solar particles interacting with the atmosphere d) low slanting rays of the Sun refracted by ice crystals
How does the convection of air produce thunderstorms?
a) by causing warm air to sink and cold air to rise b) by causing warm air to rise and cold air to sink c) by causing both warm air and cold air to rise d) by causing both warm air and cold air to sink
Which best explains how the Coriolis effect influences weather conditions
a) It causes winds to rotate, forming tornadoes on Earth. b) It causes winds to move to the right in the southern hemisphere. c) It causes winds to turn to the right in the northern hempisphere. d) It causes winds to follow a straight-line path around Earth.
Which type of activity would most likely be included on a weather map?
a) satellite b) seismic c) volcanic d) hurricane
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