May 16, 2011
Text Practice Quiz Questions
1. Describe the path a molecule of water might follow through the hydrologic cycle from the ocean to land and then back again.
The water evaporates from all over the world but let’s say it is evaporates from the oceans to form clouds that are moved over land by many of winds. The rainfall then brings it to earth where it will return to oceans by creeks to river, and some lakes then back to the ocean.
5. Describe at least one example of the environmental costs of water diversion from rivers to farms or cities.
There can be so many different consequences from river diversion, downstream river discharge is reduced, the evaporation in the …show more content…
How does tectonic plate movement create ocean basins, midocean ridges, and volcanoes?
Tectonic plate’s movement creates ocean basins, mid-ocean ridges, through collision. Colliding plates push sedimentary materials into an uplifted mass of rock that contains numerous folds and faults. The Earth has undergone a number of mountain building periods. The process of creation is first by the accumulation of sediments then the tectonic collision causes rock deformation and crystal uplift and finally the isocratic rebound continues to cause uplift despite erosion and causes the development of new mountain peaks through block faulting.
7. Describe some of the mining, processing, and drilling methods that can degrade water or air quality.
This can be done by water mining they use extraction of water from non-replenishing groundwater or glacial reserves.
9. What resources, aside from minerals themselves, can be saved by recycling?
There are so many helpful things by recycling; by recycling you will save space in the landfill for something else that can not be recycled. You can use your food scraps for compost, along with your yard …show more content…
What are proven-in-place reserves?
The quantity of energy sources estimated with reasonable certainty, from the analysis of geologic and engineering data, to be recoverable from well established or known reservoirs with the existing equipment and under the existing operating conditions.
16. What are biofuels, and how could they contribute to sustainability?
Biofuels are made from the starch or oil portion of plant materials. Some are even made from the fats of animals. In general, ethanol is the fermented starch fuel and biodiesel is the refined oil and fats. Biofuels are important PART of the solution to declining and ever more expensive petroleum supplies. Biofuels can be used together with technologies such as hybrid vehicles and plug-in vehicles. The Chevy Volt is announced to be a plug-in vehicle with a small Flex Fuel Vehicle engine to charge the batteries. Even the new Cadillac Escalade hybrid has been announced as a Flex Fuel Vehicle.
Discussion Questions 3. If your local utility company were going to build a new power plant in your community, what kind would you prefer? Why?
I think that I would want it to be a wind power plant because wind is natural no harmful things would be burning or have a chance for some kind of spill out. I would mostly have to say