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ConcepTest: Rain Shadow

ConcepTest questions by David McConnell, David Steer, Walter Borowski, Jeffrey Dick, Annabelle Foos, Jeffrey Knott, Alvin Konigsberg, Michelle Malone, Heidi McGrew, Kathie Owens, and Stephen Van Horn
This material was originally created for Starting Point:Introductory Geology
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.

Question:

In the landscape below, how would the amount of rainfall change at location X if the mountain eroded down to the dashed line?
Rain Shadow
a. Rainfall would increase
b. Rainfall would decrease
c. Rainfall would stay the same

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