8th Grade Natural Disasters and Human Impact Study Guide 1. Where’s is most of Earth’s water located? 2. What are meterologists? 3. What are droughts? 4. What are tornados? 5. Where do climate conditions cause hurricanes to become larger and more powerful? 6. What contributes to the formation of hurricanes during the late summer? 7. What happens to the water when fertilizer runs off into a lake or pond? 8. Where does water vapor come from in the atmosphere? 9. ¾ of Earth’s surface is covered by water. Describe nearly 97% of the water on Earth’s surface? 10. Where is most of Earth’s freshwater? 11. Which technology best monitors temperature changes in Earth’s ocean? 12. Humans throughout the world compete with other organisms for water resources. Why would restricting irrigation be a good way to manage water resources and allow all components of the environment to share them? 13. Why are industrial factors a major source of air pollution created by humans? 14. What is an earthquake? What piece of technology is used to measure earthquakes? 15. Why would an uplifted mountain be a feature most likely formed at converging continental tectonic plate boundaries? 16. Why would a volcanic island arc be a landform most likely created when two oceanic plates converge? 17. What evidence do we have that the Earth’s continents were once in vastly different positions than they are today? 18. Why is sea-floor spreading evidence of plate tectonics? 19. What does the Richter scale measure in regards to earthquake characteristics ( energy, magnitude, frequency, or probability)? 20. What causes the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates (think about the layers of the Earth)? 21. What are convection currents? Where do they occur? 22. Earthquake waves are recorded by seismometers. What does an earthquake wave transmit that is recorded by the seisometer? 23. Two plates composed of rock that has similar density meet along a convergent boundary. What will happen where the two plates meet? 24. What happens at the mid-ocean ridge? 25. How do earthquakes tell scientists about the history of the planet? 26. What are Earth’s five spheres? 27. What is included in the Atmosphere? Biosphere? Geosphere? Hydrosphere? Cryosphere? 28. Which scale is used to determine the strength of a tornado? 29. Which two elements primarily make up the atmosphere? 30. What happens to the Earth’s pressure and temperature as you move from the crust to the core? 31. What is Pangea? 32. What is subduction? 33. Why do earthquakes occur more frequently in California than Kentucky? 34. How do natural disasters interact with Earth’s spheres?