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Compared to polar areas, why are equatorial areas of equal size heated much more intensely by the Sun?
a) The Sun's rays are more nearly perpendicular at the Equator than at the poles.
b) The equatorial areas contain more water than the polar areas do.
c) More hours of daylight occur at the Equator than at the poles.
d) The equatorial areas are nearer to the Sun than the polar areas are.

The seasonal temperature changes in the climate are influenced mostly by the
a) changing angle at which the Sun's rays strike the Earth's surface
b) changing speed at which the Earth travels in its orbit around the Sun
c) changing distance of the Earth from the Sun rotation of the Earth on its axis
d) rotation of the Earth on its axis

The intensity of the insolation that reaches the Earth is affected most by
a) the angle at which the insolation strikes the Earth's surface
b) changes in the length of the Earth's rotational period
c) the temperature of the Earth's surface
d) the distance between the Earth and the Sun

As the altitude of the Sun increases, the length of the shadow cast by a vertical pole will
a) decrease
b) increase
c) remain the same
d) none of the above

On a given day, which factors have the most effect on the amount of insolation received at a location on the Earth's surface?
a) latitude and time of day
b) longitude and time of day
c) latitude and elevation
d) longitude and elevation

The coldest climates on Earth are found at the polar regions because the polar regions
a) receive the lowest angle of insolation
b) receive the shortest duration of insolation
c) are usually farthest from the Sun
d) absorb the most insol

At which latitude does the Earth receive the greatest intensity of insolation on June 21?
a) 23 degres North
b) 90 degres North
c) 23 degres South
d) 0 degres

If Earth's tilt were to increase from 23.5 degres to 33.5 degres the result would be
a) shorter days and longer nights at the Equator
b) less difference between winter and summer temperatures in New York State
c) colder winters and warmer summers in the Northern Hemisphere
d) an increase in the amount of solar radiation received by Earth

Which angle of the Sun above the horizon produces the greatest intensity of sunlight?
a) 70 degres
b) 60 degres
c) 40 degres
d) 25 degres

To an observer in North America, the Sun appears to rise each day somewhere along the
a) eastern horizon
b) western horizon
c) southern horizon
d) northern horizon

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