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Which of the following is the final destination for runoff that flows on the surface of the continents?
a) Rivers
b) Lakes
c) Streams
d) Oceans

Over which of the following components of smog do humans have the least control?
a) water vapor
b) sulfur dioxide
c) ammonia
d) nitrogen oxides

What is the correct order for the water cycle?
a) evaporation, condensation, precipitation, runoff
b) condensation, runoff, evaporation, percipitation
c) runoff, condensation, evaporation, precipitation
d) precipitation, condensation, evaporation, runoff

On Mount Everest the temperature decreases as the altitude increases. The summit of this mountain is in which atmospheric layer?
a) mesosphere
b) stratosphere
c) thermosphere
d) troposphere

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.

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 hemisphere.
d) It causes winds to follow a straight-­line path around Earth.

Which condition would create the most water vapor?
a) a light rain
b) fast winds
c) low temperatures
d) high temperatures

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

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 colder than the mesosphere because the stratosphere contains the ionosphere.
c) It is warmer than the mesosphere because the stratospehre contains the ozone layer.
d) It is warmer than the mesosphere because the stratospehre contains the ionosphere.

Which occurs in high­-pressure systems?
a) the formation of tornadoes
b) the formation of hurricanes
c) large clouds, as air rises
d) calm weather, as air sinks

If the temperature drops in Charlotte, which of the following most likely happened?
a) A warm front has passed.
b) A cold front has passed.
c) A stationary front is present.
d) An occluded front has passed.

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

Scientists monitor ozone in the upper atmosphere and at ground level. Changing concentrations of each can cause health problems for people. Which set of changes would cause the most health concerns?
a) an increase in both atmospheric and ground level ozone
b) an increase in atmospheric ozone, and a decrease in ground level ozone
c) a decrease in both atmospheric and ground level ozone
d) a decrease in atmospheric ozone, and an increase in ground level ozone

A strong wind from the north blows in a straight south direction. However, to an observer, the wind appears to be moving to the southwest. What accounts for this shift in wind direction?
a) the spin of Earth on its axis changing direction
b) the rotation of Earth beneath the layer of air
c) the ozone layer focusing solar energy, causing the wind to shift
d) the local mountains pushing the wind to the side as it moves through the state

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