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Earth's Resources

Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

Which of these is a renewable resource?
a.
coal
c.
oil
b.
natural gas
d.
water
 

 2. 

Which of these is non-renewable?
a.
air
c.
coal
b.
biomass
d.
water
 

 3. 

Land that is good for farming is
a.
fallow
c.
overcropped
b.
arable
d.
infertile
 

 4. 

Which of these is a nonrenewable resource?
a.
water
c.
air
b.
soil
d.
sunlight
 

 5. 

Which of these is the most destructive force against soil?
a.
water
c.
sunlight
b.
wind
d.
human activity
 

 6. 

If we use natural resources wisely and protect them, we are using
a.
pollution controls
c.
Recycling
b.
conservation
d.
reforestation
 

 7. 

Materials that can be found within the environment are
a.
always nonrenewable
c.
natural resources
b.
always nonrenewable
d.
limited in quantity and value
 

 8. 

What are the five major renewable resources?
a.
coal, oil, water, wood, and wind
c.
coal, oil, natural gas, wind, and water
b.
natural gas, water, oil, wind, sunlight
d.
wind, water, biomass, geothermal, and sunlight
 

 9. 

For most of human history, the three major sources of energy have been
a.
wind, water, and wood
c.
oil, water, and wood
b.
sunshine, water, and wind
d.
coal, oil, and wood
 

 10. 

Why are coal, oil, and natural gas considered nonrenewable?
a.
they cause pollution
c.
they have to be processed before use
b.
they only come from in the ground
d.
they take millions of years to produce
 

 11. 

The coal used in the United States, come
a.
mostly from China
c.
surface strip mines
b.
underground coal mines
d.
both underground and surface mines
 

 12. 

What is natural gas made from?
a.
is forms from coal
c.
it is a natural mineral
b.
it formed when the Earth was forming
d.
it is made from the decayed remains of ancient plants and animals
 

 13. 

A new method of getting more natural gas from underground is called
a.
hydrology
c.
deep drilling
b.
fracking
d.
off-shore drilling
 

 14. 

What is the most commonly used energy source in the world?
a.
coal
c.
natural gas
b.
sunlight
d.
oil/petroleum
 

 15. 

What is the biggest problem with using nuclear energy?
a.
it is expensive
c.
uranium is very expensive
b.
it doesn’t work very well
d.
it produces dangerous radioactive waste
 

 16. 

What is the number one energy source in the United States?
a.
coal
c.
natural gas
b.
oil/petroleum
d.
nuclear power
 

 17. 

Of all the renewable energy used in the United States, what is most of it used for?
a.
making electricity
c.
operating factories
b.
powering automobiles
d.
heating homes
 

 18. 

Which of these is a renewable energy resource that is made from wood, crops, and some garbage?
a.
coal
c.
geothermal power
b.
natural gas
d.
biomass
 

 19. 

Energy produced from heat found deep inside the Earth is
a.
called hydroelectricity
c.
biomass
b.
geothermal
d.
Earthmass
 

 20. 

Of the renewable energy sources, which one do we use the most?
a.
geothermal
c.
wind
b.
solar
d.
hydroelectric
 



 
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