Land Title: Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions, Fourth Edition Authors: Michael I. McKinney, Robert M. Schoch, Logan Yonavjak
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Practice Quizzes

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1:  Which type of resource management has developed the most recently?
A: conservation
B: restoration
C: preservation
D: exploitation

2:  Which of the following is an intrinsic value for environmental resources?
A: economic
B: emotional
C: esthetic
D: ethical

3:  Matter resources are depleted by being __________, while energy resources are depleted by being ___________.
A: dispersed;transformed
B: destroyed;used
C: used;destroyed
D: lost;dispersed

4:  The "down side" of the bubble pattern of depletion is characterized by
A: supply exceeding demand.
B: increasing employment.
C: falling prices.
D: the search for new resources.

5:  Which of the following is true about the net yield of nonrenewable resources?
A: The past pursuit of net yield has incurred great environmental costs by accelerating both depletion and pollution.
B: Over the last 90 years it has been relatively difficult coping with the law of diminishing returns of nonrenewable resources.
C: The abundance of higher-grade deposits of nonrenewable resources has precluded the use of the lower-grade ones.
D: Mineral ore depletion now seems to be a bigger threat than the pollution such mining produces.

6:  Which of the following is true about maximum sustainable yield (MSY) of renewable resources?
A: MSY is usually about 1/10 the carrying capacity for any wildlife species.
B: Estimating the MSY of any species is fraught with difficulties in calculation.
C: Optimum sustainable yield estimates are in general agreement with maximum sustainable yield.
D: Whale harvesting took whale populations below its estimated MSY in the 19th century.

7:  What has been the main goal of net yield of nonrenewable resources and maximum sustainable yield of renewable resources?
A: prevent pollution
B: minimize environmental damage
C: conserve the resources
D: maximize resource use

8:  Which of the following is true about efficiency improvements to conserve natural resources?
A: Costs for improved efficiencies usually exceed benefits in energy saved.
B: The U.S. is only slightly more efficient than Japan.
C: Unfortunately, improved efficiency would probably not affect greenhouse gas production.
D: U.S. inefficiency is due to its historically abundant resources.

9:  Which of the following is most likely true about the economies of recycling?
A: The energy consumed in recycling is usually more than the processing of virgin materials.
B: Green taxes on virgin resources will ruin our economy.
C: Closing the loop on recycling will not occur until it is economically feasible.
D: Recycling legislation is widespread and has been successful in closing the recycling loop.

10:  The price of gasoline is $2.50/gallon. Your car gets 20 miles/gallon. You drive about 20,000 miles/year. If you trade in your car for one that gets 30 miles/gallon, how much would you save/year?
A: About $384/year
B: About $460/year
C: About $834/year
D: About $1666/year

11:  If recycling aluminum cans paid $20/ton and an aluminum can weighs one ounce, how many aluminum cans would you have to save to make $100?
A: 10,000 cans
B: 32,000 cans
C: 125,000 cans
D: 160,000 cans

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