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Geography of California: Quiz


Question 1: ________ occur due to faults that run the length of the Pacific coast.
EarthquakeGeotechnical engineeringS-waveLandslide

Question 2: One notable feature of the Basin and Range is ________, which is the oldest lake in North America.
Owens LakeMono LakeGreat Salt LakeMono-Inyo Craters

Question 3: California's geography is largely defined by its central feature — the Central Valley, a huge, fertile ________ between the coastal mountain ranges and the Sierra Nevada.
ValleyDrainage basinCanyonSediment transport

Question 4: In fact, the salt sediments of many of these lake beds have been mined for many years for various salts, most notably borax (this is most famously true for Owens Lake and ________).
Death ValleySierra Nevada (U.S.)Lake TahoeInyo County, California

Question 5: Nearly 1 million acres (4,000 km²) of the Modoc National Forest lie on the plateau between the ________ in the west and the Warner Mountains in the east.
Mount MazamaMount GaribaldiNewberry VolcanoMedicine Lake Volcano

Question 6: The Mojave Desert also contains the lowest, hottest place in the ________: Death Valley, where temperature normally approaches 120 °F (49 °C) in late July and early August.
North AmericaAmericas (terminology)AmericasSouth America

Question 7: The ________ are a mountain range in northwest California and southwest Oregon, the highest peak being Thompson Peak (2,744 m / 9,002 ft) in Trinity County, California.
Siskiyou MountainsKlamath MountainsRed Buttes WildernessKlamath National Forest

Question 8: Coastal cities are vulnerable to tsunamis from locally generated earthquakes as well as those elsewhere in the ________.
Geology of the Pacific NorthwestCascade VolcanoesPacific Ring of FireVolcanism of Canada

Question 9: Many of these lakes have extensive evaporite deposits that contain a variety of different ________.
WaterSaltSodium chlorideHypertension

Question 10: The ________ is bounded by the peninsular Tehachapi Mountains on the Northwest, together with the San Gabriel and the San Bernardino Mountains on the Southwest.
Mojave DesertSonoran DesertColorado PlateauGreat Basin


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