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NEW YORK STATE REGENTS EXAMS
PHYSICAL SETTING / EARTH SCIENCE - JANUARY 2004

11 Weather-station measurements indicate that the dewpoint temperature and air temperature are getting farther apart and that air pressure is rising. Which type of weather is most likely arriving at the station?

(1) a snowstorm
(2) a warm front
(3) cool, dry air
(4) maritime tropical air

12 The diagram below represents a naturally occurring geologic process.

Which process is best illustrated by the diagram?

(1) cementation      (3) metamorphism
(2) erosion              (4) weathering

13 The graph below shows the average number of days each year that thunderstorms occur at different latitudes on Earth.

According to the graph, what is the approximate number of days each year that thunderstorms occur at locations along the 40 N parallel of latitude?

(1) 8 days      (3) 24 days
(2) 18 days    (4) 32 days

14 One result of a large volcanic eruption is that surface air temperatures decrease over a sizable region of Earth. This phenomenon occurs because volcanic eruptions usually decrease the

(1) transparency of the atmosphere
(2) number of dust particles entering the atmosphere
(3) amount of moisture in the atmosphere
(4) reflection of sunlight within the atmosphere

15 When rainfall occurs, the rainwater will most likely become surface runoff if the land surface is

(1) sandy                (3) covered with grass
(2) impermeable      (4) nearly flat

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