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Study Guide Questions

1.     The temperate climates of the earth's mid-latitudes affect the largest land areas in the___________________ hemisphere.
2.     The principle characteristics that provide a basis for subdividing middle latitude lands into climatic regions are: a.) size of land masses in relationship to their proximity to oceans b.) density of human settlement and agriculture c.) variations in temperature and amounts of precipitation d.) none of the above
3.     A summer-dry subtropical, or Mediterranean climate is not found in: a.) California b.) New Zealand c.) South Africa's Cape Province d.) central Chile
4.     Summer-dry subtropical lands comprise only 1% of the earth's land area, but are inhabited by 4% of the total human population. True or false?
5.     The humid subtropics lie along the ___________________ shores of continental land masses.
6.     The Mississippi River flows through a humid subtropical region. True or false?
7.     The eastern coasts of China and the United States have similar climates. True or false?
8.     Humid Subtropic cities include the city of: a.) Boston b.) Los Angeles c.) Tokyo d.) Rome
9.     ___________________ are the natural type of vegetation in the Humid Continental Zone.
10.     The climates of both the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Northwestern Europe are classified as: a.) Humid Continental b.) Marine West Coast c.) Mediterranean d.) Sub-Arctic
11.     Mid-latitude steppes and deserts are usually found deep in continental interiors or in the ________________________________________________________.
12.     Prairie soils are usually fertile. True or false?
13.     Shrub vegetation now covers vast areas of the Temperate Dry Lands primarily because of: a.) over-grazing b.) recent climatic changes c.) air pollution d.) none of the above
14.     Precipitation in temperate dry regions: a.) is usually predictable c.) can vary greatly from year to year b.) falls mostly as snow d.) seldom arrives in thunderstorms
15.     Precipitation rates are generally low in the Sub-Arctics because cold air holds less moisture than warm air. True or false?
16.     Large parts of the Sub-Artics are covered with: a.) glaciers b.) lakes and bogs c.) forests known as the taiga d.) b & c
17.     The northern-most vegetated zone is known as the Arctic __________.
18.     In the harshest Polar regions, life: a.) is non-existent c.) consists mostly of reindeer b.) is primarily limited to the seas d.) is limited to the taiga
19.     Climate is a generalization about average weather conditions over time. True or false?
20.     Tropical climates are confined to the regions between the Tropic of Cancer and the of Tropic of Capricorn around the globe. True or false?
21.     Climatic regions are defined on the basis of average patterns of temperature and precipitation. True or false?
22.     The Tropical Climate Zone is characterized by : a.) little seasonal change in day length b.) little change in precipitation throughout the year c.) no temperatures below freezing at sea level d.) a & c
23.     The largest areas of rainy tropics are in: a.) Asia b.) Africa and South America c.) Australia d.) North America
24.     The tropical river that carries more water seaward than the earth's next three largest rivers combined is the: a.) Nile b.) Zambezi c.) Congo d.) Amazon
25.     Tropical rain forest soils are among the richest in the world. True or false?
26.     Human settlements tend to be small in the rainy tropics, with the exception of a few large coastal cities such as ____________________ and ___________________________.
27.     A monsoon is: a.) a heavy rainstorm b.) any windy, rain weather c.) seasonal wind with either rainy or dry seasons d.) a cyclonic tropical storm similar to a hurricane
28.     Vegetation types prevalent in the wet-dry tropics mainly depend on: a.) relative lengths of wet and dry seasons b.) human settlement c.) variations in temperature d.) altitude
29.     Deserts: a.) cover extensive areas between about 15 and 30 degrees, in the northern and southern latitudes b.) mostly lie in the subtropical high pressure belt of dry descending air c.) are mostly found on the western side of continental land masses d.) all of the above
30.     An "exotic" river is one that flows across the entire width of a desert, because it has its source in a wetter climatic region. True or false?
31.     A Wadi is: a.) a member of a tribe of desert nomads b.) a desert oasis c.) a stream bed that carries water only after heavy rains d.) not the same type of stream as an arroyo
32.     Some mountains in the tropics stay snowcapped all year. True or false?
33.     In the tropical highlands, vegetation varies with ___________________ and ____________________.
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