AP Environmental Science : Natural Disasters

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP Environmental Science

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Natural Disasters

A volcano has a giant crater instead of a peak at the top and steep, sloping sides. What kind of volcano is this likely describing?

Possible Answers:

A composite volcano

The correct type of volcano is not listed.

A cinder cone volcano

A "crater" volcano

A shield volcano

Correct answer:

A cinder cone volcano


This type of volcano is called a cinder cone volcano. Unlike a composite volcano or a shield volcano, a cinder cone volcano is characterized by a missing chunk near the top. This crater is a result of violent explosions followed by the falling of large quantities of debris and ash.

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