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4. Data form satellite photographs of the tropical rain forest in Melonia show that last year the deforestation rate of this environmentally sensitive zone was significantly lower than in previous years. The Melonian government, which spent millions of dollars last year to enforce laws against burning and cutting of the forest, is claiming that the satellite data indicate that its increased efforts to halt the destruction are proving effective.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the government┬б┬пs claim?

(A) Landowner opposition to the government┬б┬пs antideforestation efforts grew more violent last year in response to the increased enforcement.

(B) Rainfall during the usually dry 6-month annual burning season was abnormally heavy last year.

(C) Government agents had to issue fines totaling over 59 million to 3,500violators of burning-and-cutting regulations.

(D) The inaccessibility of much of the rain forest has made it impossible to confirm the satellite data by direct observation from the field.

(E) Much of the money that was designated last year for forest preservation has been spent on research and not on enforcement.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2004, 12:37
B also, at least for the lower burning rate, but how can the heavy rain account for the lower cutting rate?
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2004, 13:13
B is the correct answer. D comes close though
Are you guys thinking that more rainfall in rainforest means less deforestation ( as everyone knows less trees means less rain ) ?

Please provide your reasoning. May I request that you provide your reasoning by taking few minutes rather than just hitting the bulls eye. Your response will help newcomers.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2004, 16:12
The Melonian government, which spent millions of dollars last year to enforce laws against burning and cutting of the forest, is claiming that the satellite data indicate that its increased efforts to halt the destruction are proving effective.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the government's claim?


To undermine the claim, we must show evidence that either:
1. The satellite data is wrong, and the destruction is not being slowed. OR
2. Destruction is being slowed, but the policy has nothing to do with the slowing.

A says that the policy is unpopular. No challenge to either condition.
B meets condition 2.
C says that the government is enforcing its policy.
D says that the satellite data MAY be wrong.
E describes the government's expenditures and has little relevance.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2004, 16:18
Good explaination stoolfi. I never thought about the second condition with respect to heavy rains. So what are you thinking here.
1. The rains led to more vegetation
or
2. Peole could not carryout burning because of heavy rains.
( this sounds good, it will also answer paul's doubt )
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Both of the occurred to me. In either case, it's not the government's actions that caused the slowing of deforestation.
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