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NEW YORK STATE REGENTS EXAMS
PHYSICAL SETTING / EARTH SCIENCE - JUNE 2002

21 The table below shows the rate of erosion and the rate of deposition at four stream locations.

A state of dynamic equilibrium exists at location

(1) A     (3) C
(2) B     (4) D

22 The diagram below shows land features that have been disrupted by an earthquake.

Which type of crustal movement most likely caused the displacement of features in this area?

(1) vertical lifting of surface rock
(2) folding of surface rock
(3) down-warping of the crust
(4) movement along a transform fault

23 The Coriolis effect provides evidence that Earth

(1) rotates                   (3) has seasons
(2) has a tilted axis       (4) revolves

24 Which interaction between the atmosphere and the hydrosphere causes most surface ocean currents?

(1) cooling of rising air above the ocean surface
(2) evaporation of water from the ocean surface
(3) friction from planetary winds on the ocean surface
(4) seismic waves on the ocean surface

25 On a field trip 40 kilometers east of the Finger Lakes, students observed a boulder of gneiss on the surface bedrock. This observation best supports the inference that the

(1) surface sedimentary bedrock was weathered to form a boulder of gneiss
(2) surface sedimentary bedrock melted and solidified to form a boulder of gneiss
(3) gneiss boulder was formed from sediments that were compacted and cemented together
(4) gneiss boulder was transported from its original area of formation

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