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NEW YORK STATE REGENTS EXAMS
PHYSICAL SETTING / EARTH SCIENCE - JUNE 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 The planetary winds in Earth’s Northern Hemisphere generally curve to the right due to Earth’s

(1) orbit around the Sun
(2) spin on its axis
(3) magnetic field
(4) force of gravity

2 The redshift of light from distant galaxies provides evidence that the universe is

(1) shrinking, only
(2) expanding, only
(3) shrinking and expanding in a cyclic pattern
(4) remaining the same size

3 Which of these characteristics identify an Earth surface that is likely to be the best absorber of insolation?

(1) light colored and smooth
(2) light colored and rough
(3) dark colored and smooth
(4) dark colored and rough

4 Which phase change requires water to gain 540 calories per gram?

(1) solid ice melting
(2) liquid water freezing
(3) liquid water vaporizing
(4) water vapor condensing

5 The diagram below shows the positions of the Moon and the Sun at
sunset during an evening in New York State. Points A, B, C, and D represent positions along the western horizon.

At sunset on the following evening, the Moon will be located at position

(1) A     (3) C
(2) B     (4) D

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