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Physical Geography Exam 1 Questions
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Mt. Rainier poses a significant threat to the Seattle-Tacoma metro area because
Volcanic lahars could reach populated areas in less than 30 minutes
Longitude and latitude are both measured from angular distances from
The center of the earth
Which of the following map projections eliminates spatial distortions?
None of the above (all flat maps have distortion)
Which of the following is true?
The Earth wobbles on its axis on a 41,000 year cycle
Wien's Law tells us that
The Sun radiates mainly shorter-wave radiation while the Earth radiates long-wave radiation
Surface Isolation on the Earth is strongest
In subtropical deserts
Regarding the maritime influence on climate, which statement is true?
Lower annual temperature range compared to a continental location at the same latitude
When rising air cools below the dew point in the atmosphere and water vapor condenses into water droplets
Energy is released, warming the air, causing it to continue to rise
Sailing vessels typically exit harbors in the early morning because
Offshore (land) breezes are at their strongest
Subtropical deserts are largely produced by
Subsiding colder air masses and high pressure cells
Day time valley breezes and nighttime mountain breezes are examples of
The cumulus clouds in the photo at left are characteristic of:
Moderately unstable air
Which of the following statements about ENSO (El Niño/Southern Oscillation) is true?
It results in warm ocean water and high rainfall in coastal South America
Which of the following is true regarding clouds?
They decrease daytime and increase nighttime temperatures
Which of the following types of clouds is composed entirely of ice crystals?
Which of the following statements about mid-latitude wave cyclones (MLWC) is correct?
MLWCs are traveling low pressure cells
Which of the following statements about tropical cyclones (hurricanes) is true?
Tropical cyclones are most common in the late summer and early autumn when ocean surfaces are at their warmest
Generally, as you go from low to high latitudes. The mean annual temperate _______________ and the annual temperature range _________________________.
Tropical Monsoon and Tropical Savanna climates are distinguished from Tropical Rain Forest climates by
Highly seasonal precipitation
Which of the following statements about humid subtropical climate region is true?
In East Asia precipitation is much more seasonal (dry/wet seasons) due to the Monsoon effect
The Pacific Northwest region of the US and Canada is a moist environment because of
All of the above
Which of the following climate regions experiences the greatest change in monthly average temperatures (temperature change from one month to the next)?
Which of the following is NOT true regarding Tundra climate regions?
They are found mainly in the southern hemisphere
Conditions that favor development of B climate:
(1) Continued presence of subsiding air (STH)
(2) Extreme continental conditions in mid-latitudes
(3) Leeward side of mountain range (rainshadow)
(4) Cold offshore ocean currents
Which of the following is NOT a significant Greenhouse gas?
Which of the following is a predicted consequence of global warming?
All of the above are predicted
What are the consequences of ozone depletion?
Rising global temperature and its associated effects on weather
The apparent deflection of wind from a straight path in proportion to the speed of the Earth's rotation at different latitudes is known as
Coastal areas adjacent to cold ocean currents experience
Less precipitation than areas adjacent to warm ocean currents
The temperature of the lower atmosphere is likely to be ________ on a cloudy night than that of a clear night because______.
warmer; clouds trap, absorb and reradiate energy in the lower atmosphere
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