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NEW YORK STATE REGENTS EXAMS
PHYSICAL SETTING / EARTH SCIENCE - JANUARY 2003

PART A

Directions (1-35): For each statement or question, write on the separate answer sheet the number of the word or expression that, of those given, best completes the statement or answers the question. Some questions may require the use of the Earth Science Reference Tables.

1 Which diagram correctly shows the apparent motion of Polaris from
sunset to midnight for an observer in northern Canada?

2 Earth’s orbital velocity is slowest on July 5 because

(1) the Moon is closest to Earth
(2) Earth’s distance from the Sun is greatest
(3) Earth, the Moon, and the Sun are located along a straight line in space
(4) the highest maximum temperatures occur in the Northern Hemisphere

3 Three planets that are relatively large, gaseous, and of low density are

(1) Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn
(2) Venus, Jupiter, and Neptune
(3) Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus
(4) Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus

4 Which diagram sequence correctly shows the order of Moon phases,
as viewed from Earth, for a period of 1 month? [Note that some phases have been omitted.]

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5 The diagram below shows the relative positions of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth when an eclipse was observed from Earth. Positions A and B are locations on Earth’s surface.

Which statement correctly describes the type of eclipse that was occurring and the position on Earth where this eclipse was observed?

(1) A lunar eclipse was observed from position A.
(2) A lunar eclipse was observed from position B.
(3) A solar eclipse was observed from position A.
(4) A solar eclipse was observed from position B.

 

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