Earth And Space Science Semester 1 Final

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  • 1. 

    Exploration provides answers to all of the world's questions.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "Exploration provides answers to all of the world's questions" is not true. While exploration can provide answers to some questions, it is not possible for exploration to provide answers to all of the world's questions. There are many questions that may remain unanswered or may require different methods or approaches to find answers. Therefore, the given statement is false.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following is NOT a way that volcanoes cause death and destruction? (Select all that apply.)

    • A.

      Volcanic ash and poisonous gases

    • B.

      Sinkholes

    • C.

      Lava flows

    • D.

      Landslides and mudflows

    Correct Answer
    B. Sinkholes
    Explanation
    Volcanoes cause death and destruction through various means such as volcanic ash and poisonous gases, lava flows, and landslides and mudflows. However, sinkholes are not directly caused by volcanoes. Sinkholes are typically formed when underground water dissolves certain types of rock, causing the ground to collapse. While volcanic activity can indirectly contribute to sinkhole formation by altering underground water flow, it is not a direct way that volcanoes cause death and destruction.

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  • 3. 

    Volcanoes can be beneficial because they provide large amounts of free energy.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Volcanoes can be beneficial because they release large amounts of energy in the form of geothermal power. This energy can be harnessed for various purposes, such as generating electricity and heating homes. Additionally, volcanic eruptions contribute to the formation of fertile soil, which is ideal for agriculture. Volcanic activity also plays a crucial role in shaping the Earth's surface and creating new landforms. Therefore, the statement "Volcanoes can be beneficial because they provide large amounts of free energy" is true.

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  • 4. 

    By tracking celestial movements, the ancient Maya were able to __________.

    • A.

      Develop the scientific process

    • B.

      Figure out geometry

    • C.

      Create accurate calendars

    • D.

      Invent astrology

    Correct Answer
    C. Create accurate calendars
    Explanation
    The ancient Maya were able to create accurate calendars by tracking celestial movements. By observing the positions and movements of celestial bodies such as the sun, moon, and stars, they were able to develop a system that accurately measured time and allowed them to predict astronomical events. This knowledge of celestial movements enabled them to create calendars that were highly accurate and essential for their agricultural, religious, and societal practices.

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  • 5. 

    A building constructed on solid ground is much more likely to be damaged during an earthquake than a building constructed on loose soil because the solid ground does not allow the building to flex and not break.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A building constructed on solid ground is actually less likely to be damaged during an earthquake compared to a building constructed on loose soil. This is because solid ground provides a stable foundation that allows the building to flex and absorb the seismic waves, reducing the risk of structural damage. On the other hand, buildings on loose soil are more susceptible to ground shaking and liquefaction, which can lead to structural failure. Therefore, the statement that a building constructed on solid ground is more likely to be damaged during an earthquake is false.

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  • 6. 

    The melting of rock does NOT depend on __________.

    • A.

      Temperature

    • B.

      Pressure

    • C.

      The presence of fluid

    • D.

      The rock's color

    Correct Answer
    D. The rock's color
    Explanation
    The melting of rock is primarily determined by temperature, pressure, and the presence of fluid. The color of the rock has no impact on its melting point. The color of a rock is determined by the minerals present in it, which do not affect its ability to melt. Therefore, the rock's color is not a factor in determining its melting point.

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  • 7. 

    Where did scientists record earthquakes as early as 780 BC?

    • A.

      Japan

    • B.

      Greece

    • C.

      China

    • D.

      Mexico

    Correct Answer
    C. China
    Explanation
    Scientists recorded earthquakes as early as 780 BC in China.

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  • 8. 

    A volcanic mountain is formed by __________.

    • A.

      Magma that erupts onto Earth's surface

    • B.

      Rock layers that are bent and squeezed through magma pressure

    • C.

      The uplift of rock during continental plate collisions

    • D.

      Pressure from magma that does not erupt onto Earth's surface

    Correct Answer
    A. Magma that erupts onto Earth's surface
    Explanation
    A volcanic mountain is formed by magma that erupts onto Earth's surface. Volcanic mountains are created when molten rock, or magma, rises to the surface through volcanic vents or fissures. As the magma reaches the surface, it cools and solidifies, building up layers of volcanic rock over time. This process of repeated eruptions and accumulation of volcanic materials leads to the formation of a volcanic mountain.

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  • 9. 

    When rocks have more surface area, the rate of weather increases.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    When rocks have more surface area, there is more area available for chemical reactions to occur between the rocks and the surrounding environment. This increases the rate of weathering, as more rock material is exposed to factors such as water, wind, and temperature changes that contribute to the breakdown and alteration of the rocks. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 10. 

    What effect does Earth’s interior have on P waves and S waves?

    • A.

      Earth's interior has virtually no effect, especially on P waves.

    • B.

      Earth's interior can send them into seismic gaps.

    • C.

      Earth's interior can absorb P waves, but not S waves.

    • D.

      Earth's interior affects the speed and direction of the waves.

    Correct Answer
    D. Earth's interior affects the speed and direction of the waves.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that Earth's interior affects the speed and direction of the waves. This is because the properties of the materials that the waves pass through, such as density and elasticity, can cause the waves to change speed and direction. P waves and S waves can be refracted, reflected, or diffracted as they travel through different layers of the Earth's interior, providing valuable information about the structure and composition of the planet.

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  • 11. 

    What is radioactivity?

    • A.

      When radio waves are present in or around a mineral

    • B.

      When stable atomic nuclei decay over time into unstable nuclei

    • C.

      When unstable atomic nuclei decay over time, releasing particles and energy

    • D.

      When minerals or living organisms get contaminated

    Correct Answer
    C. When unstable atomic nuclei decay over time, releasing particles and energy
    Explanation
    Radioactivity refers to the process in which unstable atomic nuclei decay over time, releasing particles and energy. This occurs when the nucleus of an atom becomes unstable and undergoes radioactive decay, which can result in the emission of alpha particles, beta particles, or gamma rays. This release of particles and energy is a characteristic of radioactive substances and is the basis for various applications such as nuclear power generation and medical imaging.

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  • 12. 

    How does science differ from art, architecture, and philosophy?

    • A.

      The goal of science is a human endeavor.

    • B.

      The goal of science is to explain natural phenomena.

    • C.

      Science is the same as these other endeavors.

    • D.

      Science takes more mental energy.

    Correct Answer
    B. The goal of science is to explain natural phenomena.
    Explanation
    Science differs from art, architecture, and philosophy because its main objective is to provide explanations for natural phenomena. While art, architecture, and philosophy may have different goals such as expressing emotions, creating aesthetic experiences, or exploring abstract concepts, science focuses on understanding and explaining the natural world through empirical evidence and systematic observation. Science seeks to uncover the underlying principles and laws that govern the physical universe, making it distinct from these other disciplines.

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  • 13. 

    Corundum is a colorless mineral made of aluminum and oxygen atoms. Corundum is also the mineral of which rubies are made. In addition to aluminum and oxygen, rubies contain chromium. If corundum is colorless then why are rubies red?

    • A.

      Small amounts of other elements affect mineral color.

    • B.

      Most minerals have similar colors.

    • C.

      When minerals have weathered surfaces this reveals their true color.

    • D.

      Most minerals are virtually colorless.

    Correct Answer
    A. Small amounts of other elements affect mineral color.
    Explanation
    Small amounts of other elements, such as chromium, affect the color of minerals. In the case of rubies, the presence of chromium gives them their red color. While corundum itself is colorless, the addition of chromium atoms in the crystal lattice structure of corundum creates the red color in rubies. This is why rubies, which are made of corundum, are red in color.

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  • 14. 

    Science impacts society by creating new technology that __________.

    • A.

      Benefits society, but with some problems

    • B.

      Benefits society without any downside

    • C.

      Doesn't benefit society in any way

    • D.

      Is slowing down progress and further scientific research

    Correct Answer
    A. Benefits society, but with some problems
    Explanation
    Science impacts society by creating new technology that benefits society, but with some problems. While scientific advancements have led to numerous benefits for society, such as improved healthcare, communication, and transportation, they have also introduced challenges and risks. For example, the use of fossil fuels has greatly benefited society by providing energy, but it has also led to environmental pollution and climate change. Similarly, advancements in genetic engineering have the potential to cure diseases, but they also raise ethical concerns. Therefore, science's impact on society is not without its drawbacks and requires careful consideration and management of the potential problems that may arise.

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  • 15. 

    What makes hydrogen fuel cells such a promising source of energy for the future?

    • A.

      They will be certified for safety.

    • B.

      They will provide clean and renewable energy.

    • C.

      They can run on fuel that can be produced by algae.

    • D.

      They are made by teams of very skilled scientists.

    Correct Answer
    B. They will provide clean and renewable energy.
    Explanation
    Hydrogen fuel cells are considered a promising source of energy for the future because they provide clean and renewable energy. Unlike fossil fuels, which release harmful emissions when burned, hydrogen fuel cells produce only water vapor as a byproduct. Additionally, hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and can be produced from a variety of sources, such as water and renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. This makes hydrogen fuel cells a sustainable and environmentally friendly energy solution.

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  • 16. 

    In which of the following ways can mining NOT impact the environment?

    • A.

      It can contaminate water resources with toxic substances.

    • B.

      It can cause noise and air pollution.

    • C.

      It can cause increased erosion and soil degradation.

    • D.

      It can help reduce the formation of sinkholes

    Correct Answer
    D. It can help reduce the formation of sinkholes
    Explanation
    Mining can impact the environment in various ways, including contaminating water resources with toxic substances, causing noise and air pollution, and causing increased erosion and soil degradation. However, mining cannot help reduce the formation of sinkholes.

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  • 17. 

    Presently, Earth's magnetic field points north. However it is possible for the polarity to reverse causing the poles to point south.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because Earth's magnetic field has undergone polarity reversals in the past, where the north and south magnetic poles switch places. This phenomenon, known as geomagnetic reversal, has been observed through geological records and is believed to occur over long periods of time. While the exact cause of these reversals is still not fully understood, it is accepted that Earth's magnetic field can indeed flip, causing the poles to point south.

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  • 18. 

    What indicates the cardinal directions?

    • A.

      A compass point

    • B.

      A compass needle

    • C.

      A compass legend

    • D.

      A compass rose

    Correct Answer
    D. A compass rose
    Explanation
    A compass rose is a figure on a map or compass that displays the cardinal directions (north, south, east, and west) and sometimes intermediate directions as well. It typically consists of a circle with lines or arrows pointing in the different directions. The purpose of a compass rose is to provide a visual representation of the cardinal directions, making it easier for users to orient themselves and navigate accurately. Therefore, a compass rose is the correct answer as it directly indicates the cardinal directions.

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  • 19. 

    Which of the following renewable energies is a major source of power in many developing countries?

    • A.

      Biomass

    • B.

      Hydroelectric energy

    • C.

      Wind energy

    • D.

      Solar energy

    Correct Answer
    A. Biomass
    Explanation
    Biomass is a major source of power in many developing countries because it is readily available and can be easily converted into energy. Biomass refers to organic materials such as wood, agricultural waste, and animal waste that can be burned or converted into biogas to generate heat or electricity. Developing countries often have abundant biomass resources, making it a cost-effective and sustainable option for meeting their energy needs. Additionally, biomass energy can help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • 20. 

    Which of the following explains why we do NOT get all of our energy from the sun?

    • A.

      There are other Earth friendly technologies that are more affordable and user-friendly.

    • B.

      The technology for solar power is expensive and not user-friendly.

    • C.

      Engineers have been unable to figure out how to capture the mass amounts of energy coming form the sun.

    • D.

      The weather is not always sunny, and the currently available solar systems do not store energy.

    Correct Answer
    C. Engineers have been unable to figure out how to capture the mass amounts of energy coming form the sun.
  • 21. 

    Which of the following series is NOT part of the rock cycle?

    • A.

      Changing temperature and pressure

    • B.

      Erosion, deposition, and cementation

    • C.

      Tectonic plate movement and volcanic action

    • D.

      Melting and cooling

    Correct Answer
    C. Tectonic plate movement and volcanic action
    Explanation
    Tectonic plate movement and volcanic action are not part of the rock cycle because they are processes that occur on the Earth's surface and are not directly involved in the formation, transformation, and recycling of rocks. The rock cycle primarily involves processes such as weathering, erosion, deposition, compaction, cementation, melting, and cooling. Tectonic plate movement and volcanic action, although they can indirectly affect the rock cycle by causing uplift, deformation, and exposure of rocks to the surface, are not considered as direct processes within the rock cycle itself.

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  • 22. 

    According to __________, the force of attraction between any two objects depends on the masses of the objects and the distance between them.

    • A.

      The law of the magnetosphere

    • B.

      The law of plasticity

    • C.

      The law of magnetism

    • D.

      Newton's law of gravitation

    Correct Answer
    D. Newton's law of gravitation
    Explanation
    Newton's law of gravitation states that the force of attraction between any two objects depends on the masses of the objects and the distance between them. This law explains the gravitational force between any two objects in the universe, including planets, stars, and everyday objects on Earth. It mathematically describes the relationship between the masses of the objects and the distance separating them, providing a fundamental understanding of gravity.

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  • 23. 

    Which of the following is an example of a passive system collecting renewable energy?

    • A.

      A house that is warmed by sunlight coming through its windows

    • B.

      A generator driven by blowing wind

    • C.

      A power plant that uses dam water to spin turbines

    • D.

      A power plant that spins turbines with steam made form hot springs

    Correct Answer
    A. A house that is warmed by sunlight coming through its windows
    Explanation
    A house that is warmed by sunlight coming through its windows is an example of a passive system collecting renewable energy because it relies on the natural heat from the sun to warm the house without the need for any mechanical or active systems. The windows allow sunlight to enter the house and the heat is absorbed by the materials inside, providing warmth. This method of collecting renewable energy is passive because it does not require any additional energy input or complex machinery to harness the sun's energy.

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  • 24. 

    What are the three major types of subatomic particles?

    • A.

      Proton, neutron, and electron

    • B.

      Positron, neuron, and electron

    • C.

      Atom, neutron, and proton

    • D.

      Nucleus, proton, and byte

    Correct Answer
    A. Proton, neutron, and electron
    Explanation
    The three major types of subatomic particles are proton, neutron, and electron. Protons have a positive charge, neutrons have no charge, and electrons have a negative charge. These particles make up atoms and are essential for the structure and behavior of matter.

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  • 25. 

    Which of the following have not helped scientists to learn more about Earth's core?

    • A.

      Data from earthquakes

    • B.

      Shadow zones

    • C.

      Volcanic activity

    • D.

      Seismic waves

    Correct Answer
    C. Volcanic activity
    Explanation
    Volcanic activity has not helped scientists to learn more about Earth's core. While volcanic activity does provide valuable information about the Earth's mantle and crust, it does not directly provide insights into the core. Scientists primarily rely on data from earthquakes, shadow zones, and seismic waves to study and understand the Earth's core.

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  • 26. 

    Earth scientists help us understand our world by explaining __________.

    • A.

      How to cure diseases

    • B.

      Earth’s history and our place in the universe

    • C.

      How to prevent natural disasters

    • D.

      Why countries go to war

    Correct Answer
    B. Earth’s history and our place in the universe
    Explanation
    Earth scientists study the Earth's history and our place in the universe. They analyze geological formations, fossils, and other evidence to understand how the Earth has changed over time. By studying the Earth's past, they can also gain insights into the future and make predictions about natural processes such as climate change. Additionally, they explore the relationship between Earth and other celestial bodies, helping us understand our place in the universe and our interconnectedness with other planets and systems.

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  • 27. 

    A possible source of Earth’s magnetic field is __________.

    • A.

      Friction created by rotation

    • B.

      The liquid iron in Earth's outer core

    • C.

      Earth's ionized atmosphere.

    • D.

      The movement of the tides

    Correct Answer
    B. The liquid iron in Earth's outer core
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the liquid iron in Earth's outer core. Earth's magnetic field is generated by a process called the dynamo effect, which is driven by the convection of molten iron in the outer core. As the liquid iron flows, it creates electric currents, which in turn generate the magnetic field. This magnetic field is essential for protecting the Earth from harmful solar radiation and plays a crucial role in various geophysical processes.

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  • 28. 

    Which types of information are shown on geologic maps?

    • A.

      Mountains, forests, and rivers

    • B.

      Types of rocks, faults, folds, and other structures

    • C.

      Elevation, relief, and topography

    • D.

      Countries, territories, states, and cities

    Correct Answer
    B. Types of rocks, faults, folds, and other structures
    Explanation
    Geologic maps show types of rocks, faults, folds, and other structures. These maps are specifically designed to provide information about the geological features and formations of an area. They help in understanding the composition and arrangement of different rock types, as well as the presence and location of faults, folds, and other structural elements. This information is crucial for various purposes such as geological research, resource exploration, and land-use planning.

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  • 29. 

    Which animals in an ecosystem receive the least amount of total energy?

    • A.

      Consumers in the middle of the energy pyramid that eat producers

    • B.

      Consumers at the top of the energy pyramid that eat only consumers

    • C.

      Consumers in the middle of the energy pyramid that eat producers and consumers

    • D.

      Producers that form the base of the energy pyramid

    Correct Answer
    B. Consumers at the top of the energy pyramid that eat only consumers
    Explanation
    Consumers at the top of the energy pyramid that eat only consumers receive the least amount of total energy in an ecosystem. This is because energy is lost at each trophic level as it moves up the food chain. The producers, which form the base of the energy pyramid, receive the most energy as they directly convert sunlight into usable energy through photosynthesis. As energy is transferred from one trophic level to the next, only a fraction of it is passed on, resulting in less energy available for the consumers at the top of the pyramid.

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  • 30. 

    In the Northern Hemisphere, where does a compass needle point?

    • A.

      To the North Pole

    • B.

      To the geomagnetic north pole

    • C.

      To the equator

    • D.

      To the South Pole

    Correct Answer
    B. To the geomagnetic north pole
    Explanation
    A compass needle in the Northern Hemisphere points towards the geomagnetic north pole. The Earth has a magnetic field, and the compass needle aligns itself with the magnetic field lines. The geomagnetic north pole is the point on Earth's surface where the magnetic field lines are vertically downward. This is different from the geographic North Pole, which is the point where Earth's axis of rotation intersects its surface. Therefore, a compass needle does not point directly to the geographic North Pole, but rather to the geomagnetic north pole.

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  • 31. 

    Which of the following is both a major earthquake zone and a major volcanic zone?

    • A.

      The Pacific Island Arc

    • B.

      The Pacific Ring of Volcanoes

    • C.

      The Oceanic Ring of Fire

    • D.

      The Pacific Ring of Fire

    Correct Answer
    D. The Pacific Ring of Fire
    Explanation
    The Pacific Ring of Fire is the correct answer because it is a major earthquake zone and a major volcanic zone. It is a region in the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur due to the movement of several tectonic plates. This area is known for its high seismic and volcanic activity, making it a significant zone for both earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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  • 32. 

    Three factors that determine whether rock melts are __________.

    • A.

      Crystallization, heat, and pressure

    • B.

      Pressure, the presence of fluid, and crystallilzation

    • C.

      Heat, pressure, and the presence of fluid

    • D.

      The presence of fluid, crystallization, and heat

    Correct Answer
    C. Heat, pressure, and the presence of fluid
    Explanation
    The three factors that determine whether rock melts are heat, pressure, and the presence of fluid. Heat is necessary to increase the temperature of the rock to its melting point. Pressure is also important as it can affect the melting point of the rock, with higher pressure generally requiring higher temperatures to melt. The presence of fluid, such as water or magma, can also lower the melting point of the rock and facilitate melting.

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  • 33. 

    Earth scientists assume that the causes of natural events or phenomena can be determined by __________.

    • A.

      Formulating incorrect theories

    • B.

      Using SI units

    • C.

      Risking human life

    • D.

      Careful observation and experimentation

    Correct Answer
    D. Careful observation and experimentation
    Explanation
    Earth scientists assume that the causes of natural events or phenomena can be determined by careful observation and experimentation. This is because careful observation allows scientists to gather data and information about the event or phenomenon, while experimentation allows them to test different hypotheses and theories to determine the cause. By systematically observing and experimenting, scientists can gather evidence and make informed conclusions about the causes of natural events or phenomena. This approach is crucial in the field of earth science as it helps in understanding and predicting natural processes and phenomena.

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  • 34. 

    Atoms form chemical bonds by __________.

    • A.

      Transferring or sharing valence electrons between atoms

    • B.

      Combining reactive chemical properties

    • C.

      Transferring protons from one atom to another

    • D.

      Transferring or sharing neutrons from one atom to another

    Correct Answer
    A. Transferring or sharing valence electrons between atoms
    Explanation
    Atoms form chemical bonds by transferring or sharing valence electrons between atoms. This is because the valence electrons are the outermost electrons in an atom and they are involved in the formation of chemical bonds. By transferring or sharing these electrons, atoms can achieve a more stable electron configuration, which is energetically favorable. This allows atoms to form different types of chemical bonds such as ionic bonds (transfer of electrons) or covalent bonds (sharing of electrons).

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  • 35. 

    Which of the following does NOT involve a chemical process that decomposes rock?

    • A.

      Carbonation

    • B.

      Acid precipitation

    • C.

      Ice wedging

    • D.

      Hydrolysis

    Correct Answer
    C. Ice wedging
    Explanation
    Ice wedging is a mechanical weathering process, not a chemical process. It occurs when water seeps into cracks in rocks, freezes and expands, causing the cracks to widen and eventually break the rock apart. Unlike the other options, ice wedging does not involve any chemical reactions or decomposition of rock minerals.

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  • 36. 

    Which of the following does NOT signal a volcanic eruption?

    • A.

      Changes in earthquake activity

    • B.

      An increase in thunderstorms near the volcano

    • C.

      A bulging of the volcano's surface

    • D.

      Changes in the amount and composition of volcanic gases

    Correct Answer
    B. An increase in thunderstorms near the volcano
    Explanation
    An increase in thunderstorms near the volcano does not signal a volcanic eruption. While volcanic eruptions can sometimes generate thunderstorms due to the release of ash and other particles into the atmosphere, the presence of thunderstorms alone does not necessarily indicate an imminent eruption. Other factors such as changes in earthquake activity, bulging of the volcano's surface, and changes in volcanic gases are more reliable indicators of a potential volcanic eruption.

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  • 37. 

    Which sphere includes all of the rock and soil that exists on the surface of the continents and ocean floor?

    • A.

      The hydrosphere

    • B.

      The biosphere

    • C.

      The atmosphere

    • D.

      The geosphere

    Correct Answer
    D. The geosphere
    Explanation
    The geosphere includes all of the rock and soil that exists on the surface of the continents and ocean floor. It encompasses the solid Earth, including the crust, mantle, and core. This sphere is responsible for shaping the landforms on the planet and is essential for supporting life on Earth. The geosphere interacts with other spheres such as the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere, influencing processes like weathering, erosion, and the formation of mountains and valleys.

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  • 38. 

    Which sphere provides the air you breathe and shields Earth from the sun's harmful radiation?

    • A.

      The geosphere

    • B.

      The hydrosphere

    • C.

      The atmosphere

    • D.

      The biosphere

    Correct Answer
    C. The atmosphere
    Explanation
    The atmosphere is the correct answer because it is the sphere that provides the air we breathe and acts as a shield, protecting Earth from the sun's harmful radiation. The atmosphere is composed of various gases and layers that help regulate temperature, weather patterns, and protect living organisms on Earth's surface.

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  • 39. 

    Nonrenewable natural resources formed from the remains of living things are called __________.

    • A.

      Fossil fuels

    • B.

      Plants and animals

    • C.

      Magma

    • D.

      Prehistoric rock

    Correct Answer
    A. Fossil fuels
    Explanation
    Fossil fuels are formed from the remains of ancient plants and animals that were buried and subjected to heat and pressure over millions of years. These resources include coal, oil, and natural gas, and they are nonrenewable because they take such a long time to form.

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  • 40. 

    Examples of fossil fuels are __________.

    • A.

      Coal, petroleum, and natural gas

    • B.

      Solar energy and light

    • C.

      Gold, peat moss, and minerals

    • D.

      Wind energy and heat

    Correct Answer
    A. Coal, petroleum, and natural gas
    Explanation
    Fossil fuels are formed from the remains of ancient plants and animals that were buried and subjected to high heat and pressure over millions of years. Coal, petroleum, and natural gas are all examples of fossil fuels because they are derived from these organic materials. Solar energy and wind energy are not fossil fuels as they are renewable sources of energy that come directly from the sun and wind, respectively. Gold, peat moss, and minerals are also not fossil fuels as they are not formed from organic matter.

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  • 41. 

    Which of the following is NOT a nitrogen reservoir on Earth?

    • A.

      Water

    • B.

      Air

    • C.

      Soil

    • D.

      Animals and/or plants

    Correct Answer
    A. Water
    Explanation
    Water is not a nitrogen reservoir on Earth because it does not store nitrogen in large quantities. Nitrogen is primarily found in the atmosphere, as well as in soil and living organisms. While some nitrogen can dissolve in water, it is not a significant reservoir for nitrogen on Earth.

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  • 42. 

    What can happen to energy as it passes through an ecosystem?

    • A.

      It can increase.

    • B.

      It can be lost.

    • C.

      It can change form.

    • D.

      It can be unchanged.

    Correct Answer
    B. It can be lost.
    Explanation
    As energy passes through an ecosystem, it undergoes various transformations and transfers. Some of the energy is lost as heat during metabolic processes and is not available for further use. This loss of energy is a natural occurrence in ecosystems and is known as the second law of thermodynamics. Therefore, the statement "It can be lost" accurately describes what can happen to energy as it passes through an ecosystem.

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  • 43. 

    Plants capture and transfer solar energy in a process called __________.

    • A.

      Ecology

    • B.

      Transpiration

    • C.

      Cellular respiration

    • D.

      Photosynthesis

    Correct Answer
    D. Photosynthesis
    Explanation
    Photosynthesis is the correct answer because it is the process by which plants convert sunlight into chemical energy. During photosynthesis, plants use chlorophyll and other pigments to capture solar energy and convert it into glucose and oxygen. This process is essential for the growth and survival of plants, as it provides them with the energy they need to carry out other cellular processes.

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  • 44. 

    Carbon is stored as a type of rock called carbonate in the _____.

    • A.

      Biosphere

    • B.

      Atmosphere

    • C.

      Geosphere

    • D.

      Hydrosphere

    Correct Answer
    C. Geosphere
    Explanation
    Carbon is stored as a type of rock called carbonate in the geosphere. The geosphere refers to the solid part of the Earth, including rocks, minerals, and soil. Carbonate rocks, such as limestone and dolomite, are formed from the accumulation and compression of marine organisms' remains over millions of years. These rocks store carbon in the form of calcium carbonate, which is a significant reservoir of carbon in the Earth's carbon cycle.

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  • 45. 

    Evaporation, condensation, and precipitation are part of __________.

    • A.

      The atmosphere

    • B.

      Transpiration

    • C.

      The water cycle

    • D.

      The geosphere

    Correct Answer
    C. The water cycle
    Explanation
    Evaporation, condensation, and precipitation are all processes that occur within the water cycle. Evaporation is when water changes from a liquid to a gas, condensation is when water vapor cools and changes back into a liquid, and precipitation is when condensed water falls from the atmosphere as rain, snow, sleet, or hail. These processes are all interconnected and play a crucial role in the continuous movement and distribution of water on Earth, making "the water cycle" the correct answer.

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  • 46. 

    According to the __________, energy is transferred between systems, but it cannot be created or destroyed.

    • A.

      First law of thermodynamics

    • B.

      Energy budget

    • C.

      Third law of thermodynamics

    • D.

      Second law of thermodynamics

    Correct Answer
    A. First law of thermodynamics
    Explanation
    The first law of thermodynamics states that energy is transferred between systems, but it cannot be created or destroyed. This principle is also known as the law of conservation of energy. It means that the total energy of a closed system remains constant over time. Energy can change forms or be transferred from one system to another, but the total amount of energy in the system remains constant. This law is fundamental in understanding the behavior of energy in various physical and chemical processes.

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  • 47. 

    The _____ includes all of the rock and soil on the surface of the continents and ocean floor.

    • A.

      Ecosphere

    • B.

      Geosphere

    • C.

      Hydrosphere

    • D.

      Biosphere

    Correct Answer
    B. Geosphere
    Explanation
    The geosphere refers to all the rock and soil found on the surface of both the continents and the ocean floor. It encompasses the solid part of the Earth, including mountains, valleys, and the layers of soil. The geosphere plays a crucial role in shaping the Earth's surface and is responsible for the formation of landforms and the availability of resources like minerals and fossil fuels.

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  • 48. 

    __________ are counted in an atom to determine mass number.

    • A.

      Neutrons

    • B.

      Protons and neutrons

    • C.

      Electrons

    • D.

      Protons and electrons

    Correct Answer
    B. Protons and neutrons
    Explanation
    Protons and neutrons are counted in an atom to determine the mass number. The mass number of an atom is the sum of the number of protons and the number of neutrons in its nucleus. Electrons are not included in the determination of the mass number because their mass is significantly smaller compared to protons and neutrons. Therefore, only protons and neutrons contribute to the mass number of an atom.

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  • 49. 

    What is the atomic number of an element?

    • A.

      The number of valence electrons

    • B.

      The number of protons

    • C.

      The number of neutrons

    • D.

      The number of protons and neutrons

    Correct Answer
    B. The number of protons
    Explanation
    The atomic number of an element refers to the number of protons in the nucleus of an atom. Protons are positively charged particles that determine the identity of an element. Each element has a unique atomic number, which is why elements are arranged in the periodic table according to their atomic numbers. The number of protons in an atom also determines the number of electrons, as atoms are electrically neutral. Therefore, the correct answer is "the number of protons."

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  • 50. 

    An isotope is defined as an atom that __________.

    • A.

      Has the same number of neutrons as other atoms of the same element

    • B.

      Has a different number of protons than other atoms of the same element

    • C.

      Has a different number of neutrons than other atoms of the same element

    • D.

      Has the same number of protons and electrons as other atoms of the same element

    Correct Answer
    C. Has a different number of neutrons than other atoms of the same element
    Explanation
    An isotope is defined as an atom that has a different number of neutrons than other atoms of the same element. Isotopes are atoms of the same element that have different mass numbers due to varying numbers of neutrons. This difference in neutron number results in isotopes having slightly different atomic masses.

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