Land Title: Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions, Fourth Edition Authors: Michael I. McKinney, Robert M. Schoch, Logan Yonavjak
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1:  Which of the following statements about the relative demand and values of mineral resources is true?
A: Sand, gravel, and crushed stone is in great demand but commands less comparative value of the total of raw materials consumed each year.
B: Sand and gravel supplies are limited and are of major concern to the building and trade industries.
C: Since WWI total metal consumption worldwide has held steady with advent of the plastics industry.
D: The U.S., because of its size, is self-sufficient with respect to its mineral needs.

2:  Which of the following is NOT abundant in the Earth's crust?
A: aluminum
B: iron
C: nickel
D: calcium

3:  Which of the following is NOT true about environmental degradation due to mineral exploitation?
A: The largest human excavations in the world are open-pit mines.
B: The mineral industry is one of the largest consumers of energy worldwide.
C: More land has been destroyed by mining operations than is covered by pavement in the U.S.
D: The mining industry produces more waste in the U.S. than municipalities create solid waste.

4:  Which of the following mining practices is the most dangerous to the environment in the U. S.?
A: overburden removal
B: tailings production
C: deforestation
D: metal degradation

5:  Smelting can be harmful to the environment by
A: Releasing heavy metals into the atmosphere
B: Releasing sulfur oxides into the atmosphere
C: Contributing to deforestation
D: All of the above

6:  Which of the following concerning trends in mineral use is true?
A: Mineral use in the U.S. and Europe continues to escalate at dizzying speeds.
B: The future rebuilding of many industrialized countries' infrastructure may increase their demands for minerals.
C: High-technology goods puts tremendous burdens on the abilities of a country to supply its needs with materials.
D: Running out of minerals is a certainty, as long as populations continue to grow.

7:  Identify the correct statement.
A: Increasing the available amount of a mineral by a factor of ten does not even double the life expectancy of the stock.
B: Mineral prices, due to increasing scarcity, have been rising for the last two decades.
C: Government subsidization of the mining interests is a policy only of the past decades.
D: Minerals are cheap because they are so abundant.

8:  Identify the statement about dealing with scarcity that is correct.
A: Mineral depletion from the rocks can be remedied by extracting the minerals from sea water.
B: The current recycling efficiency for more metals is about 70 percent.
C: All minerals that are now scarce can be substituted for by more abundant minerals.
D: The production of durable goods is a simple way to reduce demand.

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