Chapter 21: Energy and Mineral Resources

Concept #4 Quiz

Choose the best possible answer to the following questions about Key Concept 4 "Energy resources: Alternate energy sources."


1. Which of the following would NOT be considered a compelling reason why we need to find “alternate” energy sources to that of fossil fuels? [Hint]


Match the type of alternate energy source with the appropriate description:  

Using the pulldown boxes, match each item on the left to the corresponding item at right.

A. a tap of underground reservoirs of steam and hot water where subsurface temperatures are high by igneous activity
B. harnessing of moving air to supply energy
C. fuel from using the heat from radioactive materials
D. energy from ocean currents
E. mechanical energy produced by streamflow
F. the direct use of the Sun’s rays to supply energy


Match the type of alternate energy source with its drawbacks and problems in its use:  

Using the pulldown boxes, match each item on the left to the corresponding item at right.

A. the availability of appropriate sites for large-scale projects are limited or already used making expansion limited
B. not all locations appropriate for tapping this source of energy are appropriate for harnessing it
C. can be explosive if not properly contained or controlled
D. it is nonrenewable, so as the energy is tapped, there is no re-supply
E. the energy is free, but the necessary equipment and its installation are not
F. the supply is extremely intermittent, and difficult to predict the amount or existence at any time

4. Which of the following is NOT an obstacle to development of nuclear energy?  


Choose the best location for obtaining alternate energy sources:  

For each item below, use the pull-down menu to select the letter that labels the correct part of the image.

The letters A through D appear on an image associated with this question.

6. Which of the following best describes the difference between passive and active solar collectors? Choose all that apply.  

7. For generation of hydroelectric power, why are dams not permanent solutions, and are instead short-lived structures?  

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