Nitrogen (select all that apply):
a. is not a nutrient.
b. is transferred into the living world in nature through the actions of plants.
c. is transferred into the living world in nature through the actions of bacteria.
d. has been manufactured by humans since the early twentieth century.
e. exists in such low concentrations in some coastal waters that “dead zones” are the result.
Associate each term on the left with one on the right.
b. net primary production
material produced through photosynthesis
c. gross primary production
position in an ecosystem’s food chain
d. trophic level
organism that eats-plants
material accumulated through photosynthesis
There is a simple food chain in an eastern Oregon desert grassland: Mice are consumed by several species of snakes, which are consumed by hawks. The hawk is a __________ and occupies the __________ trophic level in this ecosystem.
a. tertiary consumer; fourth
b. secondary consumer; fourth
c. tertiary consumer; third
d. secondary consumer; third
e. primary consumer; third
The greenhouse effect is caused by:
a. incoming long-wave radiation that is trapped as short-wave radiation by the atmosphere.
b. short-wavelength light that is reradiated as long-wave radiation and is trapped by certain gases.
c. heat that is stored as short-wave radiation by rough surfaces of the Earth and then re-radiated as long- wavelength light.
d. cold air masses that mix with the warm gases and produce warm atmospheric gases.
e. reactions in the stratosphere between these greenhouses gases and ozone, producing long-wave heat.
Donna is measuring rainfall over a large elevation gradient in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. As she walks up the west side, she notices that rainfall increases and that when she reaches the top and walks down the east side, it is much drier. This is because:
a. dry air from the equator flows east at this latitude, dropping moisture on the west side.
b. wet air from the tropical equator flows east at this latitude, dropping moisture on the west, and then becomes dry by the time it reaches the eastern side.
c. air is flowing from the west and drops moisture as it rises and cools, then absorbs moisture from the land as it descends and warms.
d. warm air from 30° latitudes picks up moisture as it travels to 60° north, then drops this moisture as it cools.
e. the rain-shadow effect means that cool, moist air drops rainfall as it warms with a rise in elevation.