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The total amount of water vapor in the air is called

Drip irrigation uses the most water of all common irrigation techniques


As it is currently being used, the Ogallala Aquifer is a renewable source of water for the central U.S

Most of the water withdrawals for agriculture are                  , and most of the water withdrawals for public/municipal use are


What % of freshwater on Earth is surface water?

Of the water on Earth, what % of water is classified as saltwater?


What % of freshwater on Earth is locked up in glaciers and/or ice caps?

The process in which water from precipitation flows over the land surface is called            

Match the following Earth spheres with their description


The process in which water infiltrates the soil and reaches the water table is called

In the water cycle, a water molecule spends a much longer amount of time in the ocean than in atmospheric water (on average


Dams provide    % of worldwide electricity and    % of irrigation water for  crops

The release of water vapor from plants is called


Conduction is a form of heat transfer best described as

Which gas makes up the largest % composition of the atmosphere?In the troposphere, temperature declines as altitude (distance from Earth's surface) increases

Which of the following is NOT a cause of a tsunami?

The height of the tsunami wave is the same in the open ocean as it is near shore


Which state is the MOST "earthquake prone," according to the US Geological Survey?


Where is the world's largest active volcano?

What is the primary hazard that volcanoes pose for airplanes?


Only about 20% of flood fatalities are auto related

Which of the following is NOT one of the three main ingredients for a thunderstorm?


Which of the following is not a trigger for a landslide?

More rain falls in the tropics (latitudes near the equator) because the Sun's incident energy is not as intense here, due to high levels of vegetation


The mountains along the borders of Arizona do not influence its climate ‑ only latitude influences the climate of this region

What are the 3 main factors that cause global convection currents to be complex on Earth?


During which month(s) is the Equinox, a day when the amount of daylight hours equals the amount of night?  Choose all that apply

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These climates have warm to cool summers and cold winters. The location of these climates is poleward of the moist sub­tropical mid­latitudes climates. The average temperature of the warmest month is greater than 50°F (10°C), while the coldest month is less than

­22°F (­30°C). Winters are severe with snowstorms, strong winds, and bitter cold from Continental Polar or Arctic air masses


The rain shadow effect is

Bacteria, insects and burrowing mammals all live in the soil and help to break down organic matter into humus


What order of soil are you most likely to find in the Midwestern U.S. (Iowa, Kansas, etc.)?

What % of medicines have their source in soils?


Which layer in the soil horizon is also known as topsoil, the layer most vital to plant growth?

Soil is the primary source for Carbon that plants need to grow


Organic fertilizers release nutrients more quickly than manufactured, inorganic fertilizers, and are more likely to leach excess nutrients to groundwater supplies

The two primary ingredients in soils are           and


Which of the following is NOT soil degradation?


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