Environmental Science Toughest Questions! Trivia Quiz

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Environmental Science Toughest Questions! Trivia Quiz

Are you prepared for this environmental science most challenging questions quiz? You should be mindful of inland wetlands being valuable, the tragedy of the commons, what percentage of urban transportation is by car, which type of forest soil works in which areas of land, what would Good Wilderness Management do, by what is hydrologic cycle driven. If you want to understand more about environmental science, this is the quiz for you.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
     Inland wetlands are valuable for providing
    • A. 

      Wildlife habitat.

    • B. 

      Improved water quality.

    • C. 

      Regulated stream flow.

    • D. 

      All of these answers

    • E. 

      None of these answers

  • 2. 
     Which of the following statements best illustrates the tragedy of the commons?
    • A. 

      A factory pollutes a river as much as the law allows.

    • B. 

      Some levels of pollution are life threatening.

    • C. 

      Some activities harm the environment, but others do not.

    • D. 

      Irrigated cropland can be ruined by salinization.

    • E. 

      Cropland can decrease biodiversity.

  • 3. 
     In the United States, ______ of all urban transportation is by car.
    • A. 

      68%

    • B. 

      78%

    • C. 

      88%

    • D. 

      98%

    • E. 

      48%

  • 4. 
     The goal of even-aged management of a forest is
    • A. 

      Maintenance of maximum biological diversity.

    • B. 

      Production of high-quality timber.

    • C. 

      A long-term ecologically oriented approach.

    • D. 

      To grow and harvest monoculture forests.

    • E. 

      Multiple use of forest for timber, watershed protection and recreation.

  • 5. 
     Leaf mold, a humus-mineral mixture, and silty loam are indicative of
    • A. 

      Coniferous forest soil.

    • B. 

      Deciduous forest soil.

    • C. 

      Tropical forest soil.

    • D. 

      Grassland soil.

    • E. 

      Desert soil.

  • 6. 
     Since 1920, urban areas in the United States have seen improvements in
    • A. 

      Housing conditions.

    • B. 

      Medical care.

    • C. 

      Air and water quality.

    • D. 

      Sanitation.

    • E. 

      All of these answers.

  • 7. 
    Good wilderness management would do all of the following except
    • A. 

      Extensively patrol the accessible popular areas.

    • B. 

      Offer permits to selected area for those who have demonstrated wilderness skills.

    • C. 

      Leave some areas undisturbed by humans

    • D. 

      Allow citizens to camp anywhere at their own risk.

    • E. 

      Limit number of people using sites at any one time.

  • 8. 
     Which of the following is not a factor that leads to urban sprawl?
    • A. 

      High cost of gasoline

    • B. 

      State and local zoning

    • C. 

      Availability of mortgages

    • D. 

      Government loan guarantees to veterans

    • E. 

      Ample land for expansion

  • 9. 
     Which of the following is not appropriate to use in describing a tropical rain forest?
    • A. 

      Humid

    • B. 

      Rich soil

    • C. 

      Stratified

    • D. 

      Diversity

    • E. 

      Rainfall

  • 10. 
     The hydrologic cycle is driven primarily by
    • A. 

      Solar energy and gravity.

    • B. 

      Solar energy and the moon.

    • C. 

      Solar energy and the mechanical energy.

    • D. 

      Mechanical and chemical energy.

    • E. 

      Chemical energy and the moon.

  • 11. 
     Which of the following statements is false?
    • A. 

      When environmental conditions are changing rapidly, a generalist is usually better off than a specialist.

    • B. 

      The fundamental niche of a species is the full range of physical, chemical, and biological factors it could use if there were no competition.

    • C. 

      The competitive exclusive principle states that no two species with the same fundamental niche can indefinitely occupy the same habitat.

    • D. 

      Interspecific competition is competition between two members of the same species.

    • E. 

      Intraspecific competition is competition between two members of the same species.

  • 12. 
     To decay to what is considered to be a safe level a sample of radioisotope should be stored in a safe enclosure for approximately _____ half lives.
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      10

    • D. 

      20

    • E. 

      30

  • 13. 
     Which of the following statements about the greenhouse effect is false?
    • A. 

      The amount of heat trapped in the troposphere depends on the concentrations of greenhouse gases.

    • B. 

      The greenhouse effect is a new theory that explains the warming of the atmosphere.

    • C. 

      Heat trapped by greenhouse gases keeps the planet warm enough for life.

    • D. 

      The two predominant greenhouse gases are water vapor and carbon dioxide.

    • E. 

      It has been confirmed by numerous lab experiments and measurements of atmospheric temperatures at different altitudes.

  • 14. 
     Sustainable agriculture is characterized by all of the following except
    • A. 

      Promoting monoculture.

    • B. 

      Lack of requirements of massive amounts of fossil fuels.

    • C. 

      Conserving and building topsoil.

    • D. 

      Lack of use of many artificial chemicals.

    • E. 

      Promoting polyculture.

  • 15. 
     The quickest, cheapest, and most effective way to reduce the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is to 
    • A. 

      Switch from fossil fuels to nuclear fuels.

    • B. 

      Increase the efficiency of energy use.

    • C. 

      Plant trees to trap more carbon dioxide.

    • D. 

      Stop deforestation.

    • E. 

      Slow population growth.

  • 16. 
    To qualify as a metropolitan area, a city must have a population of _______ people.
    • A. 

      25,000

    • B. 

      50,000

    • C. 

      75,000

    • D. 

      100,000

    • E. 

      500,000

  • 17. 
    Advantages of automobiles include all of the following except
    • A. 

      Freedom to go where you want when you want.

    • B. 

      Adventure.

    • C. 

      Energy efficiency.

    • D. 

      Provisions of jobs.

    • E. 

      Convenience of use.

  • 18. 
     Which of the following statements is false?
    • A. 

      The amount of solar energy reaching Earth's surface is dependent on latitude.

    • B. 

      Hot air rises.

    • C. 

      Air at the lower latitudes tends to cool and fall or sink downward.

    • D. 

      Cool air is denser than warm air.

    • E. 

      Cool air falls.

  • 19. 
     With 46% of the world's population, urban dwellers occupy about _____ of the planet's land area, but to meet their demands has required using or disturbing about _____ of the Earth's habitable land area.
    • A. 

      20%...73%

    • B. 

      20%...33%

    • C. 

      44%...88%

    • D. 

      4%...75%

    • E. 

      50%...50%

  • 20. 
    Since 1860, mean global temperature has risen ____ degree(s) centigrade.
    • A. 

      0.1-0.3

    • B. 

      0.6-0.8

    • C. 

      0.8-1.0

    • D. 

      1.0-1.5

    • E. 

      2.0-2.5

  • 21. 
     Today's cities are not self-sustaining because they import
    • A. 

      Minerals.

    • B. 

      Energy.

    • C. 

      Food.

    • D. 

      Manufactured goods.

    • E. 

      All of these answers.

  • 22. 
     The UNICEF program to sharply reduce childhood deaths from improper nutrition would include all of the following except
    • A. 

      Discouraging breastfeeding.

    • B. 

      Preventing dehydration by giving infants sugar and salt in water.

    • C. 

      Giving vitamin A supplements.

    • D. 

      Providing family planning services.

    • E. 

      Giving iron supplements.

  • 23. 
    Which of the following cutting methods leaves only a few mature seed-producing, wind-resistant trees for the regeneration of forest?
    • A. 

      Selective cutting

    • B. 

      Seed-tree cutting

    • C. 

      Clear-cutting

    • D. 

      Shelterwood cutting

    • E. 

      Strip cutting

  • 24. 
     Of the following forms of birth control, the least effective is 
    • A. 

      IUD plus spermicide.

    • B. 

      An oral contraceptive.

    • C. 

      A hormonal implant.

    • D. 

      A condom (good brand).

    • E. 

      The rhythm method.

  • 25. 
     A form of clear-cutting that can allow a sustainable timer yield without widespread destruction is called
    • A. 

      Selective cutting.

    • B. 

      Seed-tree cutting.

    • C. 

      Strip cutting.

    • D. 

      Shelterwood cutting.

    • E. 

      Straight cutting.

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