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Biogeography: Get the Continental Drift Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Biogeography? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. Which of these does not affect climate?

The Earth's shape
The Earth's tilt
The Earth's rotation
The oceans
The moon
Q. Three-quarters of the Earth is covered in:

Q. Which of these is not an example of a biome?

Temperate grassland
Coral reefs
Oceanic islands
Q. Land bridges allow species to move from one continent to another. What is another explanation for continents sharing closely related organisms?

The continents were once part of a larger landmass, but moved apart from continental drift.
Organisms dispersed from one continent to the other.
Organisms evolved to be similar because of convergent evolution.
(A) and (B)
(B) and (C)
Q. What is one possible reason for more species diversity in the tropics compared to temperate biomes?

Tropical biomes are older, since they were not covered by ice during ice ages.
Species like living in warm tropical environments more than cold temperate ones.
Birds migrate to the tropics in the winter and sometimes cannot find their way back home.
Tropical climates have higher rates of immigration than extinction
There are fewer disturbances in the tropics than in temperate biomes.
Q. The fact that pitcher plants in Asia are similar to pitcher plants in South America is an example of:

Continental drift
Adaptive radiation
Convergent evolution
Island equilibrium
Climate change
Q. The made-up country of Rockana has the same number of species as the made-up country of Rollana, but Rockana is twice as big as Rollana. Which of the following is the same for both countries?

Species area curves
Species richness
Number of biomes
Immigration rates
Extinction rates
Q. Invasive species are species that have become super successful in new habitats, usually with human help. With which aspect are humans most directly involved?

Dispersal to the new habitat
Survival of young
Adaptation to the new environment
Modifying rainfall patterns
Changing the amount of evapotranspiration
Q. Which of these animals has a cosmopolitan distribution?

Galapagos finches
Bay checkerspot butterflies
Brown rats
Q. Which of these animals has naturally expanded its range in the last 150 years?

Dodo birds
Passenger pigeons
Giant pandas