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Teacher Resource Bank
GCE Environmental Studies
ENVS3 Sample Questions and Mark Schemes
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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Environmental Studies / Sample Questions ENVS3 Topic 1/ Version 1.0
Topic 1: Energy
Energy Use
1 The per capita energy consumption in a country is affected by its level of affluence.
1 (a) The graph shows the relationship between income and energy consumption in a
range of countries.
1 (a) (i) Describe the trend shown in the graph.
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1 (a) (ii) Explain the relationship between income and energy consumption shown in
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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Environmental Studies / Sample Questions ENVS3 Topic 1/ Version 1.0
1 (a) (iii) Suggest why some countries have a position on the graph which is well
away from the general trend.
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1 (b) Suggest how the wealth of a country may affect the choice of energy resource
which is used.
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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Environmental Studies / Sample Questions ENVS3 Topic 1/ Version 1.0
Renewable Energy Resources
2 The map shows the locations of hydroelectric power stations in England, Wales and
Scotland.
Key
· Hydroelectric
power station
Suggest three locational factors which should be considered when choosing a site for a
hydroelectric power station.
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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Environmental Studies / Sample Questions ENVS3 Topic 1/ Version 1.0
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3 The power output from an aerogenerator is not proportional to wind speed.
The diagram shows the variations in power output from a typical aerogenerator.
3 (a) Explain the changes in power output shown for:
3 (a) (i) D-E;
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3 (a) (ii) E-F.
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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Environmental Studies / Sample Questions ENVS3 Topic 1/ Version 1.0
3 (b) The table shows the effect of changing wind speed and blade diameter on the
electrical output (Watts) of one design of aerogenerator.
Blade Wind speed/kilometres per hour
diameter/
meters 8 16 24 32 40 48
0.6 0.6 4.8 16.0 38.4 73.0 128.0
1.2 2.4 19.2 64.0 153.6 292.0 512.0
1.8 5.0 40.0 140.0 320.0 660.0 1120.0
2.4 9.6 76.8 256.0 614.4 1168.0 2048.0
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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Environmental Studies / Sample Questions ENVS3 Topic 1/ Version 1.0
4 The potential for using wind power is affected by wind strength and its reliability.
The map shows the wind speed and power at different locations.
4 (a) Suggest three reasons why the windiest areas are not always chosen for the
location of wind farms.
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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Environmental Studies / Sample Questions ENVS3 Topic 1/ Version 1.0
4 (b) Outline two reasons why it may be difficult to replace fossil fuels with wind
power.
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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Environmental Studies / Sample Questions ENVS3 Topic 1/ Version 1.0
5 (a) The map shows a hydroelectric power (HEP) scheme in Wales.
5 (a) (i) Explain what is meant by the term catchment area.
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5 (a) (ii) Name a factor other than the size of the catchment area which affects the
amount of water collected by the reservoir.
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