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All plants need light to have a suitable climate, an ample [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2010, 07:31
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All plants need light to have a suitable climate, an ample supply of water, and minerals from the soil.

a) to have a suitable climate, an ample supply of water, and minerals from the soil
b) for a suitable climate to have an ample supply of water and minerals from the soil
c) and a suitable climate which provides an ample supply of water and minerals from the soil
d) an ample supply of water and minerals from the soil in order to have a suitable climate
e) in order to have a suitable climate of an ample water supply and minerals of the soil

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[I don't get how "climate" can provide minerals... climate refers to 'meteorological conditions'; so I thought C didn't make sense and picked A, which also doesn't make sense as light can't provide all those things either...]
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Re: SC - from GMAT club grammar book - practice test 4 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2010, 18:51
yup, that's what it says

but in A can't you read

[highlight]All plants need light[/highlight] to have a suitable climate STOP, an ample supply of water, and minerals from the soil.

If you read "need light to have" as extending to "an ample supply of water, and minerals" then yeah it doesn't make sense... but why must it always link up that way?

Also in C how can "climate" provide minerals?
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Re: SC - from GMAT club grammar book - practice test 4 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2010, 20:45
I answered C, but couldn't answer your question.

After googling a while, I found these definitions from Wikipeida.

Soil is a natural body consisting of layers (soil horizons) of mineral constituents of variable thicknesses, which differ from the parent materials in their morphological, physical, chemical, and mineralogical characteristics.[1] It is composed of particles of broken rock that have been altered by chemical and environmental processes that include weathering and erosion. Soil differs from its parent rock due to interactions between the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and the biosphere.[2] It is a mixture of mineral and organic constituents that are in solid, gaseous and aqueous states.[3][4]

Weathering is the breaking down of Earth's rocks, soils and minerals through direct contact with the planet's atmosphere. Weathering occurs in situ, or "with no movement", and thus should not be confused with erosion, which involves the movement of rocks and minerals by agents such as water, ice, wind, and gravity.
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