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SECTION II Time— 90 minutes 4 Questions Directions: Answer all four questions, which are weighted equally; the suggested time is about 22 minutes for answering each question. Write all your answers on the pages following the questions in the pink booklet. Where calculations are required, clearly show how you arrived at your answer. Where explanation or discussion is required, support your answers with relevant information and/or specific examples. 1. Read the article below and answer the questions that follow. © 2008 The College Board. All rights reserved. Visit apcentral.collegeboard.com (for AP professionals) and www.collegeboard.com/apstudents (for students and parents). GO ON TO THE NEXT PAGE. -2- 2008 AP® ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FREE-RESPONSE QUESTIONS
(a) Calculate the number of acres required to produce 1,000 gallons of oil in one year from (i) microalgae (ii) soybeans (b) Describe TWO environmental advantages that biodiesel production from microalgae offers over biodiesel production from the other crops listed in the table. (c) Explain why burning biodiesel fuel has a different impact on atmospheric CO2 concentrations than does burning fossil fuels. (d) Discuss TWO benefits, other than those related to atmospheric impacts, of increased reliance on biodiesel fuels over the next 50 years. (e) Describe TWO economic or societal problems associated with producing fuel from corn. © 2008 The College Board. All rights reserved. Visit apcentral.collegeboard.com (for AP professionals) and www.collegeboard.com/apstudents (for students and parents). GO ON TO THE NEXT PAGE. -3- 2008 AP® ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FREE-RESPONSE QUESTIONS 2. The city of Fremont operates a municipal solid-waste landfill. As represented in the diagram above, the annual precipitation in Fremont is 200 mm/year: 50 percent of this water infiltrates through the landfill cover soil into the waste, and 50 percent drains off the landfill. A drainage system withdraws 90 percent of the leachate generated within the landfill for treatment. The rest of the leachate travels through the bottom liner of the landfill into the surrounding soil. Most of the cadmium disposed of in the landfill remains in the landfill; the leachate withdrawn from the landfill by the drainage system has an average cadmium concentration of 2.0 g/m3. Pumped to a treatment station, the leachate is treated at a cost of $10/m3. (a) Calculate the volume, in m3, of each of the following: (i) The water infiltrated through the landfill per year (ii) The leachate that is treated per year (b) Given that the cadmium concentration in the water draining from the landfill is 2.0 g/m3, calculate the mass, in kg, of cadmium that is released into the surrounding soil per year. (c) What is the annual cost of treating the leachate from the drainage system? (d) Discuss TWO viable methods for reducing the amount of cadmium entering the municipal waste input. (e) Explain a shortcoming of ONE of the methods that you identified in part (d). © 2008 The College Board. All rights reserved. Visit apcentral.collegeboard.com (for AP professionals) and www.collegeboard.com/apstudents (for students and parents). GO ON TO THE NEXT PAGE. -4- 2008 AP® ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FREE-RESPONSE QUESTIONS 3. For decades, forest fires in the United States have been suppressed. In 2003 legislation was passed under the Healthy Forests Initiative (HFI) in response to the record-breaking wildfires that had occurred in the early 2000s. Some environmental and conservation groups fear that negative impacts could result if timber companies are encouraged to harvest medium- and large-size trees in federally owned forests while clearing away the smaller trees and underbrush. (a) Identify TWO characteristics of forests that develop when fires are suppressed, and explain why the practice of fire suppression does not reduce, but actually increases, the risk of intense and extensive forest fires. (b) The effects of the HFI are expected to extend beyond fire reduction. Excluding fire reduction, describe ONE positive and ONE negative effect likely to result from the implementation of the provisions of the HFI. (c) Describe TWO ecosystem services provided for humans by forests. Explain how clear-cutting would affect each ecosystem service you describe. (d) Identify a specific type of plant community or biome (other than a forest) that is naturally maintained by fire. Explain how the fire maintains the community or biome. © 2008 The College Board. All rights reserved. Visit apcentral.collegeboard.com (for AP professionals) and www.collegeboard.com/apstudents (for students and parents). GO ON TO THE NEXT PAGE. -5- 2008 AP® ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FREE-RESPONSE QUESTIONS
4. Answer the following regarding world human population. (a) Create a graph of the data from table 1 below on the axes provided. Table 1: Worldwide Total Fertility Rate (TFR) Year TFR 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 5.0 4.9 4.7 3.7 3.4 3.0 (b) Identify and discuss TWO of the causes for the trend in the worldwide TFR that you graphed in part (a). © 2008 The College Board. All rights reserved. Visit apcentral.collegeboard.com (for AP professionals) and www.collegeboard.com/apstudents (for students and parents). GO ON TO THE NEXT PAGE. -6- 2008 AP® ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FREE-RESPONSE QUESTIONS Table 2: Population Data for Selected Nations (2005) Country China Japan Kenya United States TFR 1.6 1.3 5.9 2.0 Crude Birth Rate* 12 9 43 14 Crude Death Rate* 7 8 19 8 Infant Mortality Rate* 27 2.8 100 6.7 Per Capita Income
(U.S. dollars) 6,500 31,400 1,000 42,000 * rates are per thousand per year (c) Consider the data in table 2 above. Identify and discuss TWO economic or societal factors that account for the difference between the TFR of Kenya and that of the United States. (d) Describe TWO human activities related to the rapidly growing world population that are having an impact on Earth’s biodiversity. STOP END OF EXAM © 2008 The College Board. All rights reserved. Visit apcentral.collegeboard.com (for AP professionals) and www.collegeboard.com/apstudents (for students and parents). -7- ...
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