• Photo: When studying lakes, what is a Secchi disc used to measure? (Photo: Wing-Chi Poon/Wikimedia Commons)

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  1. The line of latitude at 23.5° South is known as the:
    a. Arctic Circle
    b. Tropic of Cancer
    c. Tropic of Capricorn
    d. Antarctic Circle
     
  2. Isobars connect points that have equal:
    a. Atmospheric pressure
    b. Air temperature
    c. Water density
    d. Heat flux
     
  3. The distance represented by 1 degree of latitude is:
    a. 1 km
    b. 100 km
    c. 111 km
    d. 1000 km
     
  4. How many sovereign countries are cut by the Arctic Circle
    a. 6
    b. 4
    c. 2
    d. 8
     
  5. Which instrument is used for measuring relative humidity?
    a. Anemometer
    b. Barometer
    c. Piezometer
    d. Hygrometer
     
  6. Precipitation which results when air masses are forced to rise over mountains is:
    a. Convectional
    b. Convergent
    c. Frontal
    d. Orographic
     
  7. When studying lakes, a Secchi disc is used to measure:
    a. Water clarity
    b. Water acidity
    c. Water velocity
    d. Suspended organic content
     
  8. To determine your position, a GPS must receive signals from at least this many satellites.
    a. 1
    b. 6
    c. 2
    d. 3
     
  9. The Saffir-Simpson Scale is used to compare the strengths of:
    a. Hurricanes
    b. Earthquakes
    c. Tornadoes
    d. Tsunami
     
  10. On the day of Spring Equinox, how many hours of daylight does the South Pole receive?
    a. 0 hours
    b. 6 hours
    c. 12 hours
    d. 24 hours

Answers
1. (c) 2. (a) 3. (c) 4. (d) 5. (d) 6. (d) 7. (a) 8. (d) 9. (a) 10. (c)