QUESTIONS EXAM 1 – PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY 1
Earth Science Department
Santa Monica College
Please select two (2)
questions from the following and write a two-to-three-page essay on each topic.
Each essay must be double-spaced, using a typewriter or word processor, with
one-inch margins. Include your name and
date on each paper. A bibliography or reference page is required. Essay Questions are due on the date of the
Each essay will be
graded for accuracy and fullness of content, along with punctuation, grammar,
spelling, and sentence and paragraph structure.
You may use your notes, textbook, or other
reference sources. Be careful about plagiarism – copying will result in an F
for the essays.
- Name and define the Greenhouse
Gases. Include in your discussion: sources,
both natural and human-induced sources, which gases are increasing and
why, and possible environmental consequences relating to the increase in
quantity of the gases in the atmosphere.
- A city located near a large body of water
will generally have a milder climate than a city located inland. Describe the factors that account for
this difference. Include in your
discussion: heat exchange processes, water-land interactions, mixing of
solar energy and water, possible pressure system interactions, and any
directly related to this climatic difference.
- Global temperatures vary from place to
place. Describe the controls on
temperature, including latitudinal influences, the differential heating
and cooling of land and water, ocean current influences, and
elevation. Include in your
discussion any influences due to the tilt of the Earth on its axis.
- Describe the heat transportation
mechanisms in the atmosphere.
Include in your essay a discussion on the effectiveness of each
mechanism, where in the atmosphere each mechanism has its greatest
influence, and how the mechanism’s effectiveness can be measured.