NASA: Climate Change And Global Warming

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Global Warming Quizzes & Trivia

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Climate change is controlled by a single factor.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Volcanic eruptions, like Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, influence the climate by...
    • A. 

      Releasing sulfur molecules into the atmosphere that reflect sunlight away from the Earth.

    • B. 

      Cooling the planet for 1-2 years after the eruption.

    • C. 

      Cooling the planet for 3-4 years after the eruption.

    • D. 

      Releasing sulfur molecules into the atmosphere that absorb sunlight increasing the Earth's absorption of heat.

  • 3. 
    A sunspot is defined as cooler, darker area on the Sun's surface where energy and light are released by intense magnetic forces.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Phenology refers to...
    • A. 

      A difference from a long term average.

    • B. 

      Data points measured consecutively at regular intervals in time.

    • C. 

      Human intervention in complex systems that tend to create unintended results.

    • D. 

      The study of when things become apparent.

  • 5. 
    Select one of the following that can be used to show evidence of Earth's warming.
    • A. 

      Sunspots appearing in increased numbers.

    • B. 

      The melting of Montana's glaciers.

    • C. 

      Droughts occurring in California.

    • D. 

      The decline of bald eagle populations before the 21st century.

  • 6. 
    The greenhouse effect is a natural occurrence.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Select all impacts of drought.
    • A. 

      A decrease in air quality.

    • B. 

      An increase in forest health.

    • C. 

      A decrease in agricultural production.

    • D. 

      A positive effect on power production.

  • 8. 
    Biomagnification refers to when you go up a trophic cascade, there is a decrease in organic pollutants and metals.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    The decline in American bald eagle populations was due to adult eagles consuming high concentrations of DDT that lowered calcium levels and weakened egg shells, resulting in shells that broke during incubation or hatching failures.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    What factors contributed to the bald eagle population comeback?
    • A. 

      Legal protection such as the Endangered Species Act.

    • B. 

      The implementation of fines for interfering with protected nesting areas.

    • C. 

      Banning the use of DDT in the United States.

    • D. 

      Deliberate reintroduction of bald eagles.

  • 11. 
    Select all examples of proxy records.
    • A. 

      Tree rings

    • B. 

      Satellites

    • C. 

      Buoys

    • D. 

      Ice cores

    • E. 

      Pollen samples

    • F. 

      Mud cores

    • G. 

      Upper air stations

  • 12. 
    Superposition refers to the principle that states that layers are sediment are deposited in a time sequence with the oldest sediment at the bottom and youngest at the top.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Select the following examples given regarding proxy records.
    • A. 

      LACCORE collecting lake-bed sediment to analyze the lake's history.

    • B. 

      Measuring the amount of radiocarbon within preserved plants and insects to dates to what is found in lake sediment.

    • C. 

      Collecting CO2 measurements at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.

    • D. 

      Studying ancient ring cores to compare to climatic events.

  • 14. 
    Select the following that are true regarding our urban environments.
    • A. 

      The use of concrete, glass, and steel have different thermal bulk properties than natural elements and change the energy balance due to the holding of heat.

    • B. 

      The urban environment causes human health issues such as asthma.

    • C. 

      Energy consumption is down due to most of the population living in condensed urban environments now and not in rural areas.

    • D. 

      Temperatures in the urban core are lower at night due to the lack of solar radiation reaching the man-made surfaces.

    • E. 

      It is affected by the surrounding ecological context, the size of the city, and the shape of the city.

  • 15. 
    Urban environments are highly homogenous, have low habitat diversity, leads to low biological diversity, and provides opportunities for stenophagous organisms.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Select the option that best describes the overall idea regarding the wildfire diagram.
    • A. 

      Grasslands produce small but frequent fires.

    • B. 

      Frequency and severity of fires are determined by the availability of fuel.

    • C. 

      Closed forests produce large but infrequent fires.

    • D. 

      This diagram shows how a fire ladder works.

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