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

10 Which sequence correctly shows the relative size of the nine planets  of our solar system?

11 The graph below shows changes in the atmosphere occurring above typical air-mass source regions A, B, C, and D. Changes in air temperature and altitude are shown as the graphed lines. Changes in water-vapor content, in grams of vapor per kilogram of air, are shown as numbers  on each graphed line.

12 Earth’s outer core and inner core are both inferred to be

(1) liquid
(2) solid
(3) composed of a high percentage of iron
(4) under the same pressure

13 Surface winds on Earth are primarily caused by differences in

(1) air density due to unequal heating of Earth’s surface
(2) ocean wave heights during the tidal cycle
(3) rotational speeds of Earth’s surface at various latitudes
(4) distances from the Sun during the year

14 Which nonfoliated rock forms only in a zone of contact metamorphism?

(1) conglomerate    (3) pegmatite
(2) hornfels            (4) quartzite

15 During a dry summer, the flow of most large New York State
streams generally

(1) continues because some groundwater seeps into the streams
(2) increases due to greater surface runoff
(3) remains unchanged due to transpiration from grasses,
shrubs, and trees
(4) stops completely because no water runs off into the streams

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