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NEW YORK STATE REGENTS EXAMS
PHYSICAL SETTING / EARTH SCIENCE - JANUARY 2002

18 Which graph best represents the general relationship between soil particle
size and the permeability rate of infiltrating rainwater?

19 The graph below shows the change in carbon dioxide concentration in parts per
million (ppm) in Earth’s atmosphere from 1960 to 1990.

The most likely cause of the overall change in the level of carbon dioxide from
1960 to 1990 is an increase in the

(1) number of violent storms
(2) number of volcanic eruptions
(3) use of nuclear power
(4) use of fossil fuels

20 Liquid water can store more heat energy than an equal amount of any other
naturally occurring substance because liquid water

(1) covers 71% of Earth’s surface
(2) has its greatest density at 4°C
(3) has the higher specific heat
(4) can be changed into a solid or a gas


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