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Basics of Coastal Hazards Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. The phenomenon known as the _____ is created by the rotation of the Earth that causes free-moving objects, such as the wind, to move to the right or left.

Question 2 2. The area at the center of the hurricane that has weak winds and fair weather is known as _____.

Question 3 3. How do organized winds blowing above the hurricane sustain the storm?

Question 4 4. Which of the following best describes a hurricane?

Question 5 5. You are visiting a beach at low tide when the water level has receded. A companion points out a somewhat flat area very near a large rock cliff. What has been created by erosion in this coastal area?

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Question 6 6. You are walking along a coastline and view a sea stack a few feet away from the shore. This structure was most likely caused by _____.

Question 7 7. If you looked at a photo of a beach from 1960 and the same area today, you would notice a striking difference in the shoreline. What is the most likely cause of these changes?

Question 8 8. Not every part of a coastal shoreline is impacted to the same extent by the movement of waves. Wave energy has a greater impact on the sides and end of shoreline protrusions such as headlands, leading to greater erosion. What process is occurring to create more erosion in these areas?

Question 9 9. How are earthquakes related to tsunamis?

Question 10 10. How is the word 'tsunami' best translated?

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Question 11 11. A tsunami recently hit Chile. Which of the following items would be the most helpful to send in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami? Why?

Question 12 12. Why can it take a country years to recover from the effects of a tsunami?

Question 13 13. Which of the following is NOT a possible effect of a hurricane that has reached land?

Question 14 14. The storm named Gavin by the Weather Channel hits the coast of Louisiana with a top sustained wind speed of 65 miles per hour. It rapidly declines in speed throughout the day, leaving mostly heavy rain and damaged power lines in its path. How would this storm be most accurately described in later reporting?

Question 15 15. The great Galveston hurricane hit that area of Texas on September 8-9, 1900. Galveston Island sits along the coast at an elevation of only 7 feet above sea level. The death toll from that hurricane ranged between 8,000 to 10,000. What was the most likely cause of a death toll that high?

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Question 16 16. What is the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale used to do?

Question 17 17. Spits and Baymouth Bars are similar in all of the following ways, except:

Question 18 18. Which of the following best describes deposition?

Question 19 19. Which of the following statements correctly describes a shoreline feature?

Question 20 20. Which term describes a mound of sand that joins an island to the mainland?

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Question 21 21. Which of the following is a TRUE statement concerning beach nourishment?

Question 22 22. The historic Cape Hatteras lighthouse in North Carolina is an example of which alternative to hard stabilization?

Question 23 23. Which of the following is NOT a hard stabilization structure?

Question 24 24. What is it called when sand is transported in from other locations to replenish sand and sediment lost during erosion?

Question 25 25. A woman walks down a shoreline and notices some structures built at right angles to the shore. She is looking at which of the following hard stabilization structures?

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Question 26 26. Which of the following definitions best describes hard stabilization?

Question 27 27. A municipality wants to protect their coastline from waves. An expert recommends building some hard stabilization structures near the beach, running parallel to the shore. Which of the following structures did the expert recommend building?

Question 28 28. Which of the following statements is TRUE of a breakwater?

Question 29 29. What causes a hurricane to weaken and break apart?

Question 30 30. How can a headland be damaged by the action of waves?

Basics of Coastal Hazards Chapter Exam Instructions

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