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Living Environment Regents June 2003 Question 50 PDF Print E-mail
NYS Living Environment Regents June 2003

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Correct Answer: (1) global warming

One of the major causes of global warming is the rising carbon dioxide concentration. Much of the solar radiation that strikes the planet is reflected back to the space. Even if carbon dioxide and water vapor in the atmosphere are transparent to visible light, they intercept and absorb much of the reflected infrared radiation, rereflecting it back to the Earth's surface.  This process keeps some of the solar heat.

Incorrect Answers:

Deforestation refers to the overharvesting of trees in the forest by means of logging or burning.

Mineral depletion is the decrease in amount of available minerals especially those from the soil.

Industrialization is a modernization process wherein technological innovation occurs in an previously agrarian community. There is a development of large-scale energy and metallurgy production.

 

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