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Earth Science - New York Regents June 2013 Exam

   Directions (1–35): For each statement or question, choose the word or expression that, of those given, best
completes the statement or answers the question. Some questions may require the use of the 2011 Edition
Reference Tables for Physical Setting/Earth Science. Record your answers on your separate answer sheet.

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1.

1 The terrestrial planets differ from the Jovian
  planets because the terrestrial planets are
  (1) less dense and larger
  (2) less dense and smaller
  (3) more dense and larger
  (4) more dense and smaller

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2 Energy is produced within a star’s core by the
  process of
  (1) insolation         (3) nuclear fusion
  (2) conduction         (4) radioactive decay

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3 The graph below shows the tidal changes in
  ocean water level, in meters, recorded at a
  coastal location on a certain day.

Approximately how many hours apart were the
two high tides?
(1) 6 h               (3) 18 h
(2) 12 h              (4) 24 h

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4.

4 Ocean tides observed at coastal locations each
  day are primarily caused by
  (1) Earth’s revolution around the Sun
  (2) the changing phases of the Moon
  (3) the gravitational attraction between the
      Moon and Earth
  (4) seasonal changes in the compass location of
      sunrise

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5 If Earth’s rate of rotation increases, the length of
  one Earth day will be
  (1) shorter than 24 hours
  (2) longer than 24 hours
  (3) 24 hours, with a shorter nighttime period
  (4) 24 hours, with a longer nighttime period

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6.

6 Which hot spot location on Earth’s surface
  usually receives the greatest intensity of insolation
  on June 21?
  (1) Iceland                (3) Easter Island
  (2) Hawaii                 (4) Yellowstone

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7.

7 Compared to the luminosity and surface
  temperature of red main sequence stars, blue
  supergiants are
  (1) less luminous and have a lower surface
      temperature
  (2) less luminous and have a higher surface
      temperature
  (3) more luminous and have a lower surface
      temperature
  (4) more luminous and have a higher surface
      temperature

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8.

8 The station model below shows several weather
  variables recorded at a particular location.

What was the most likely dewpoint at this location?
(1) 32°F                  (3) 61°F
(2) 40°F                  (4) 70°F

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9.

9 Which ocean current warms the climate of
  northwestern Europe?
  (1) North Atlantic Current
  (2) Canary Current
  (3) North Equatorial Current
  (4) Labrador Current

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10 What is the usual surface wind pattern within a
   Northern Hemisphere low-pressure system?
   (1) clockwise and outward
   (2) clockwise and inward
   (3) counterclockwise and outward
   (4) counterclockwise and inward

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11.

11 The diagram below represents Earth in space on
   the first day of a season.

Which season is beginning in New York State on
the day represented in the diagram?
(1) winter               (3) summer
(2) spring               (4) fall

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12.

12 Monsoons develop as a result of
   (1) large changes between the temperatures of
       a continent and neighboring oceans
   (2) a continent and neighboring oceans having
       nearly the same temperatures
   (3) air rising over Earth’s equatorial region
   (4) air sinking over Earth’s polar regions

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13.

13 At what approximate altitude in the atmosphere
   can stratospheric ozone be found?
   (1) 10 km                (3) 70 km
   (2) 30 km                (4) 100 km

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14 What percentage of Earth’s history represents
   human existence?
   (1) less than 1.0%    (3) 23.5%
   (2) 1.8%              (4) more than 98.6%

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15.

15 During which period in geologic history did
   the uplifting of the Adirondack Mountains
   begin?
   (1) Quaternary        (3) Triassic
   (2) Cretaceous        (4) Cambrian

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