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Would You Pass Environmental Science Now?

Yes, that's an actual GCSE you can do. These questions are adapted from AQA past papers.

Posted on October 12, 2015, at 7:44 a.m. ET

  1. 1. What is the source of energy that moves the water in tides?

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    Earth's rotation
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    The sun
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    The moon
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    All of these
  2. 2. What is eutrophication?

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    When excessive nutrients run into a lake, causing an increase in plant growth.
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    When excessive nutrients run into a lake, causing an increase the number of fish.
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    When there's a decrease in nutrients running into a lake, causing a decrease in plant growth.
  3. 3. Which of the following would not cause eutrophication?

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    Detergents containing phosphate
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    Lime
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    Nitrate fertiliser
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    Run-off from a manure heap
  4. 4. What CAN'T you get by using selective breeding?

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    A more uniform crop
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    A higher yielding crop
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    A crop with a greater environmental tolerance
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    A crop with genes not present in its parents
  5. 5. What is an aquifer?

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    An artificial lake made by building a dam in front of a valley and letting water accumulate.
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    An underground layer of rock, gravel or sand which is soaked with water.
  6. 6. Which one of the following rock types would make a suitable aquifer rock?

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    Basalt
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    Sandstone
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    Granite
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    Slate
  7. 7. Which of these is NOT a way to reduce pollution from plastic waste?

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    Recycling plastics
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    Charging for plastic use, e.g. plastic bags
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    Using biodegradable plastics
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    Burning plastic waste
  8. 8. What do water vapour, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide have in common?

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    They damage the ozone layer.
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    They are greenhouse gases.
  9. 9. Which of these is a source of methane in the atmosphere?

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    Aerosol sprays
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    Landfill
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    Oceans
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    Lightning
  10. 10. Which source of drinking water needs the most treatment before it is safe to drink?

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    Aquifer
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    Lowland river
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    Reservoir
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    Upland stream
  11. 11. Which of the following most accurately describes a fishing quota?

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    A limit on the size of fish you are allowed to catch.
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    A limit on the total number of all species of fish you're allowed to catch.
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    A limit on the number of fish of a particular species you're allowed to catch.
  12. 12. Which of the following is an example of carbon offsetting?

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    Companies paying taxes for the amount of carbon dioxide they produce
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    Companies planting trees to absorb carbon dioxide
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    Companies reducing the amount of fossil fuels they use
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