SO262, Physical Geography

Exam 1, Fall 2013


Definitions (1 sentence)

10@ 4 points each



Short answer/diagrams









Read the directions carefully.  You have a selection of questions for the definitions.

Quality of your answers is important.   For full credit you should use correct terminology, and show that you understand the concepts involved.


All work on this exam is individual.  You may not any materials (books, notes, computers, calculators), and you may not use IM, texting, talking, or any other means to communicate with other individuals.




Definitions:  define 10 of the 12 terms with a concise sentence that clearly shows your understanding of the term, and why it is relevant in physical geography:  Each is worth 4 points.


1.      Albedo

2.      Artesian aquifer

3.      Cumulonimbus clouds

4.      Gyre

5.      Infiltration  almost all skips

6.      Insolation

7.      Land water breeze  many skips.  Daily equivalent of monsoon.

8.      Monsoon

9.      Normal lapse rate

10.  Stratosphere

11.  Thermal infrared radiation

12.  Troposphere


Verify that only answered 10 of the 12 terms.  You will have to answer all the remaining questions.


These six stations (A-F) occur in the same continent. 


(2) Which continent do you think this is, and why?


(2) Which station is generally dominated by high pressure, and why?


(2) Which station is generally dominated by low pressure, and why?


(2) Which station sees the largest change in seasonal air masses, and what are the air masses and seasons when they dominate?


(2) Would any of these stations ever have 12 hours of sunlight during a day?  Which, what day(s), and why?  Do not forget the solstices


(2) Which station would have the most hours of sunlight, and when would that occur?  Why?



The map above shows the wind pattern over eastern Asia for one month. 


(4) What kind of pressure system dominates the western part of the map, and how you know this?


(4) What month do you think this is, and how do you know?


(2) Would you like to be in Korea (N38, E125) at this time of the year?  Why or why not.





(6)This graph shows a location in Korea.  What does the graph show, and what does it tell you about Korea and the possibilities for agriculture there?







(4) This graph shows the temperatures at the location in Korea.  What factor(s) do you think have the largest impact on this location in terms of the temperature?


Monsoons (or latitude and continentality).  This is a very large range from summer to winter.



Graph was incoming/outgoing radiation by latitude


(6) What does this graph show, and is there a good reason for it to be turned on its side?  Why is the graph important?




(10) This map shows the Falkland Islands, claimed by both the UK and Argentina.



(4) Which graph above could show the length of daylight in the Falklands (map on previous page)?  Explain why, and why you did not choose the other two.



(4)  The war over the islands was fought from April to June.  How would this have affected military operations?


British lost an LSL (Sir Galahad) when confusion in unloading between the army and navy led to troops still on the beached vessel when daylight arrived.



(4) What is the role of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?  Sketch a diagram to help explain your answer.