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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby quizbowl » June 21st, 2011, 8:29 am

So, next year's all about Hydrospheric Human Impact. Whoo, pictures of oil spills and the Aral Sea! What's everyone's opinions on the new topic?
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby gneissisnice » June 21st, 2011, 8:35 am

quizbowl wrote:So, next year's all about Hydrospheric Human Impact. Whoo, pictures of oil spills and the Aral Sea! What's everyone's opinions on the new topic?


Oil spills are likely a big thing, and you'll probably see stuff on point/non-point pollution. Probably stuff on fishkills as well (when you have factories disposing waste and/or having a heat sink in the water. The water heats up and that attracts a lot of creatures like fish or aquatic mammals. Warm water doesn't hold nearly as much oxygen as cold water, so the area eventually becomes anoxic, leading to massive death. I would expect some question on identifying an area like that based on water temperature or something).

Seems interesting.
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby FullMetalMaple » June 21st, 2011, 9:24 am

Mm, I'm not sure what to think about it. The change in topic might keep people on my team from mocking Remote. Doing Dynamic will probably help me with this event, too. There are a lot of water events now, it seems, but considering gneissisnice's post, I can see a reason for that.

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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby haverstall » June 21st, 2011, 9:37 am

Glacical runoff might also be a type of question asked. I know that was on a practice test we took, possibly 2010 nats.
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby zyzzyva980 » June 21st, 2011, 9:45 am

Considering Earth's surface is- what, 70-75% water? It makes sense that about that many of the earth science events are about water.

I'm sort of excited for the change in topic. It didn't seem like there was too much pertaining to last year's topic on any of the tests we took, but I think that event supervisors should be able to find hydrosphere stuff pretty easily. The Aral Sea became a bit of a joke for our RS team because every single test we took last year had the Aral Sea on it at some point. By regionals and state, we'd taken to looking through the test at the beginning of our time just to make sure- yep, there it is- the Aral Sea was on it. (Same images, too!) I don't think that will change this year.
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby haverstall » June 21st, 2011, 3:38 pm

Which one is the Aral Sea picture? Is that the one on the CyFalls Remote test? I can never remember if that picture is the Gulf of California, or some other body of water.

Also, "Human Impact" as a whole is much to broad of a topic, IMHO. Now that it's a bit more narrowed down, this should be easier to study for.
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby zyzzyva980 » June 21st, 2011, 4:47 pm

The Aral Sea is the second image on the CyFalls test, yes.
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby haverstall » June 21st, 2011, 7:45 pm

Yeah. Now I remember. That was on my state test. (As was a bunch of other pictures from the CyFalls test.)
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby L42 » June 22nd, 2011, 1:08 pm

Quiz and others: how do you know the topic for this year?
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby quizbowl » June 22nd, 2011, 1:10 pm

L42 wrote:Quiz and others: how do you know the topic for this year?

Chalker disclosed this on the forum "2011-2012 Events".
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby fishman100 » July 6th, 2011, 7:13 am

Do you think that in the topic "Hydrosphere" they would have questions such as the Great Barrier Reef and underwater animals, etc?
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby gneissisnice » July 6th, 2011, 3:35 pm

fishman100 wrote:Do you think that in the topic "Hydrosphere" they would have questions such as the Great Barrier Reef and underwater animals, etc?


The reefs seem like a possibility, since they are structures, but actual questions on animals is probably out of the scope of the events. Though questions on how El Nino or La Nina affect populations is probably fair game.
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby haverstall » July 6th, 2011, 7:17 pm

Organisms wise, they might ask something related to microorganisms that feed on algae, and whether they would be in a certain area, based on satellite readout (e.g. IR pictures show red on water). (Completely making this up as I go, but it's pieced together from some vague memory).
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby Luo » July 23rd, 2011, 12:31 am

Interestingly, the 2011-2012 event table on soinc lists next year's topic as Human Impact, not Hydrosphere. I wonder whether the phrase "on the Hydrosphere" was left out, or whether the topic will actually remain Human Impact.
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby rfscoach » July 23rd, 2011, 5:44 am

Luo wrote:Interestingly, the 2011-2012 event table on soinc lists next year's topic as Human Impact, not Hydrosphere. I wonder whether the phrase "on the Hydrosphere" was left out, or whether the topic will actually remain Human Impact.

That is just a misprint. The topic is Earth's Hydrosphere.
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