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Over the last 150 years, large stretches of salmon habitat have been eliminated by human activity: mining, livestock grazing, timber harvesting, and agriculture as well as recreational and urban development. The numerical effect is obvious: there are fewer salmon in degraded regions than in pristine ones; however, habitat loss also has the potential to reduce genetic diversity. This is most evident in cases where it results in the extinction of entire salmon populations. Indeed, most analysts believe that some kind of environmental degradation underlies the demise of many extinct salmon populations. Although some rivers have been recolonized, the unique genes of the original populations have been lost.

Large-scale disturbances in one locale also have the potential to alter the genetic structure of populations in neighboring areas, even if those areas have pristine habitats. Why? Although the homing instinct of salmon to their natal stream is strong, a fraction of the fish returning from the sea (rarely more than 15 percent) stray and spawn in nearby streams. Low levels of straying are crucial, since the process provides a source of novel genes and a mechanism by which a location can be repopulated should the fish there disappear. Yet high rates of straying can be problematic because misdirected fish may interbreed with the existing stock to such a degree that any local adaptations that are present become diluted. Straying rates remain relatively low when environmental conditions are stable, but can increase dramatically when streams suffer severe disturbance. The 1980 volcanic eruption of Mount Saint Helens, for example, sent mud and debris into several tributaries of the Columbia River. For the next couple of years, steelhead trout (a species included among the salmonids) returning from the sea to spawn were forced to find alternative streams. As a consequence, their rates of straying, initially 16 percent, rose to more than 40 percent overall.

Although no one has quantified changes in the rate of straying as a result of the disturbances caused by humans, there is no reason to suspect that the effect would be qualitatively different than what was seen in the aftermath of the Mount Saint Helens eruption. Such a dramatic increase in straying from damaged areas to more pristine streams results in substantial gene flow, which can in turn lower the overall fitness of subsequent generations.
Q9:The primary purpose of the passage is to
a. argue against a conventional explanation for the extinction of certain salmon populations and suggest an alternative
b. correct a common misunderstanding about the behavior of salmon in response to environmental degradation caused by human activity
c. compare the effects of human activity on salmon populations with the effects of natural disturbances on salmon populations
d. differentiate the particular effects of various human activities on salmon habitats
e. describe how environmental degradation can cause changes in salmon populations that extend beyond a numerical reduction
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E

Q10:It can be inferred from the passage that the occasional failure of some salmon to return to their natal streams in order to spawn provides a mechanism by which
a. pristine streams that are near polluted streams become polluted themselves
b. the particular adaptations of a polluted stream’s salmon population can be preserved without dilution
c. the number of salmon in pristine habitats decreases relative to the number in polluted streams
d. an environmentally degraded stream could be recolonized by new salmon populations should the stream recover
e. the extinction of the salmon populations that spawn in polluted streams is accelerated
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

Q11:According to the passage, human activity has had which of the following effects on salmon populations?
a. An increase in the size of salmon populations in some previously polluted rivers
b. A decline in the number of salmon in some rivers
c. A decrease in the number straying salmon in some rivers
d. A decrease in the gene flow between salmon populations that spawn in polluted streams and populations that spawn in pristine streams
e. A decline in the vulnerability of some salmon populations to the effects of naturally occurring habitat destruction
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B

Q12:The author mentions the “aftermath of the Mount Saint Helens eruption” most likely in order to
a. provide an example of the process that allows the repopulation of rivers whose indigenous salmon population has become extinct
b. indicate the extent to which the disturbance of salmon habitat by human activity in one stream might affect the genetic structure of salmon populations elsewhere
c. provide a standard of comparison against which the impact of human activity on the gene flow among salmon populations should be measured
d. show how salmons’ homing instinct can be impaired as a result of severe environmental degradation of their natal streams
e. show why straying rates in salmon populations remain generally low except when spawning streams suffer severe environmental disturbance

[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

Please discuss the options. Questions 10 ~ 12, I found them very difficult and got 3 out of 4l wrong.
[Reveal] Spoiler: Question #1 OA
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Q9) E
Q10) D ( line 40)
Q11) B ( line 8)
Q12) Between B and E , I choose B as it is inferred. Trout strayed and higher % of straying causes genetic dilution and this could happen if humans pollute the stream.
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According to me, the answers are:
9. e
10. d
11. b
12. b

what's OA?
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Q9:
The primary purpose of the passage is to

a. argue against a conventional explanation for the extinction of certain salmon populations and suggest an alternative
b. correct a common misunderstanding about the behavior of salmon in response to environmental degradation caused by human activity
c. compare the effects of human activity on salmon populations with the effects of natural disturbances on salmon populations
d. differentiate the particular effects of various human activities on salmon habitats
e. describe how environmental degradation can cause changes in salmon populations that extend beyond a numerical reduction
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Q10:
It can be inferred from the passage that the occasional failure of some salmon to return to their natal streams in order to spawn provides a mechanism by which

a. pristine streams that are near polluted streams become polluted themselves
b. the particular adaptations of a polluted stream’s salmon population can be preserved without dilution
c. the number of salmon in pristine habitats decreases relative to the number in polluted streams
d. an environmentally degraded stream could be recolonized by new salmon populations should the stream recover
e. the extinction of the salmon populations that spawn in polluted streams is accelerated
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Q11:
According to the passage, human activity has had which of the following effects on salmon populations?

a. An increase in the size of salmon populations in some previously polluted rivers
b. A decline in the number of salmon in some rivers
c. A decrease in the number straying salmon in some rivers
d. A decrease in the gene flow between salmon populations that spawn in polluted streams and populations that spawn in pristine streams
e. A decline in the vulnerability of some salmon populations to the effects of naturally occurring habitat destruction
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Q12:
The author mentions the “aftermath of the Mount Saint Helens eruption” (lines 73-74) most likely in order to

a. provide an example of the process that allows the repopulation of rivers whose indigenous salmon population has become extinct
b. indicate the extent to which the disturbance of salmon habitat by human activity in one stream might affect the genetic structure of salmon populations elsewhere
c. provide a standard of comparison against which the impact of human activity on the gene flow among salmon populations should be measured
d. show how salmons’ homing instinct can be impaired as a result of severe environmental degradation of their natal streams
e. show why straying rates in salmon populations remain generally low except when spawning streams suffer severe environmental disturbance

Please discuss the options. Questions 10 ~ 12, I found them very difficult and got 3 out of 4l wrong.

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19 Jul 2012, 22:53
think for 11 the choice is E because the effect of human activity is not only" numerical one" as line 10 tells habitat loss have had effects on genetic diversity.in line 70 it has been stated that natural disaster and human activity have the same effect on the solmon population.
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Q10:
It can be inferred from the passage that the occasional failure of some salmon to return to their natal streams in order to spawn provides a mechanism by which

a. pristine streams that are near polluted streams become polluted themselves
b. the particular adaptations of a polluted stream’s salmon population can be preserved without dilution
c. the number of salmon in pristine habitats decreases relative to the number in polluted streams
d. an environmentally degraded stream could be recolonized by new salmon populations should the stream recover
e. the extinction of the salmon populations that spawn in polluted streams is accelerated

As given in line 20 “Although some rivers have been recolonized, the unique genes of the original populations have been lost.” This refers that some streams have been initially “DE SALMONed” i.e Salmons fail to return to their natal streams in order to spawn because of some environmental degradation of the stream but somehow the stream was restored and finally recolonized. That’s exactly what option D says (If the stream recovers, an environmentally degraded stream could be recolonized).

Q11:
According to the passage, human activity has had which of the following effects on salmon populations?

a. An increase in the size of salmon populations in some previously polluted rivers
b. A decline in the number of salmon in some rivers
c. A decrease in the number straying salmon in some rivers
d. A decrease in the gene flow between salmon populations that spawn in polluted streams and populations that spawn in pristine streams
e. A decline in the vulnerability of some salmon populations to the effects of naturally occurring habitat destruction

As given in opening lines “Over the last 150 years, large stretches of salmon habitat have been eliminated by human activity: Line mining, livestock grazing, timber harvesting, and agriculture as well as recreational and urban development. The numerical effect is obvious: there are fewer salmon in degraded regions than in pristine ones;” This clearly refers that human activity caused decline in number of salmons in some river (B)

Q12:
The author mentions the “aftermath of the Mount Saint Helens eruption” (lines 73-74) most likely in order to

a. provide an example of the process that allows the repopulation of rivers whose indigenous salmon population has become extinct
b. indicate the extent to which the disturbance of salmon habitat by human activity in one stream might affect the genetic structure of salmon populations elsewhere
c. provide a standard of comparison against which the impact of human activity on the gene flow among salmon populations should be measured
d. show how salmons’ homing instinct can be impaired as a result of severe environmental degradation of their natal streams
e. show why straying rates in salmon populations remain generally low except when spawning streams suffer severe environmental disturbance

As given in last para “Although no one has quantified changes in the rate of straying as a result of the disturbances caused by humans, there is no reason to suspect that the effect would be qualitatively different than what was seen in the aftermath of the Mount Saint Helens eruption”, author is clearly comparing the effect of human activity with that of environmental degradation.

a. provide an example of the process that allows the repopulation of rivers whose indigenous salmon population has become extinct – Not an example of any process of repopulation
b. indicate the extent to which the disturbance of salmon habitat by human activity in one stream might affect the genetic structure of salmon populations elsewhere – not talking about any particular stream
c. provide a standard of comparison against which the impact of human activity on the gene flow among salmon populations should be measured - YES
d. show how salmons’ homing instinct can be impaired as a result of severe environmental degradation of their natal streams – Clearly out
e. show why straying rates in salmon populations remain generally low except when spawning streams suffer severe environmental disturbance – Clearly out
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Good Explanation. Thanks

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Q10:
It can be inferred from the passage that the occasional failure of some salmon to return to their natal streams in order to spawn provides a mechanism by which

a. pristine streams that are near polluted streams become polluted themselves
b. the particular adaptations of a polluted stream’s salmon population can be preserved without dilution
c. the number of salmon in pristine habitats decreases relative to the number in polluted streams
d. an environmentally degraded stream could be recolonized by new salmon populations should the stream recover
e. the extinction of the salmon populations that spawn in polluted streams is accelerated

As given in line 20 “Although some rivers have been recolonized, the unique genes of the original populations have been lost.” This refers that some streams have been initially “DE SALMONed” i.e Salmons fail to return to their natal streams in order to spawn because of some environmental degradation of the stream but somehow the stream was restored and finally recolonized. That’s exactly what option D says (If the stream recovers, an environmentally degraded stream could be recolonized).

Q11:
According to the passage, human activity has had which of the following effects on salmon populations?

a. An increase in the size of salmon populations in some previously polluted rivers
b. A decline in the number of salmon in some rivers
c. A decrease in the number straying salmon in some rivers
d. A decrease in the gene flow between salmon populations that spawn in polluted streams and populations that spawn in pristine streams
e. A decline in the vulnerability of some salmon populations to the effects of naturally occurring habitat destruction

As given in opening lines “Over the last 150 years, large stretches of salmon habitat have been eliminated by human activity: Line mining, livestock grazing, timber harvesting, and agriculture as well as recreational and urban development. The numerical effect is obvious: there are fewer salmon in degraded regions than in pristine ones;” This clearly refers that human activity caused decline in number of salmons in some river (B)

Q12:
The author mentions the “aftermath of the Mount Saint Helens eruption” (lines 73-74) most likely in order to

a. provide an example of the process that allows the repopulation of rivers whose indigenous salmon population has become extinct
b. indicate the extent to which the disturbance of salmon habitat by human activity in one stream might affect the genetic structure of salmon populations elsewhere
c. provide a standard of comparison against which the impact of human activity on the gene flow among salmon populations should be measured
d. show how salmons’ homing instinct can be impaired as a result of severe environmental degradation of their natal streams
e. show why straying rates in salmon populations remain generally low except when spawning streams suffer severe environmental disturbance

As given in last para “Although no one has quantified changes in the rate of straying as a result of the disturbances caused by humans, there is no reason to suspect that the effect would be qualitatively different than what was seen in the aftermath of the Mount Saint Helens eruption”, author is clearly comparing the effect of human activity with that of environmental degradation.

a. provide an example of the process that allows the repopulation of rivers whose indigenous salmon population has become extinct – Not an example of any process of repopulation
b. indicate the extent to which the disturbance of salmon habitat by human activity in one stream might affect the genetic structure of salmon populations elsewhere – not talking about any particular stream
c. provide a standard of comparison against which the impact of human activity on the gene flow among salmon populations should be measured - YES
d. show how salmons’ homing instinct can be impaired as a result of severe environmental degradation of their natal streams – Clearly out
e. show why straying rates in salmon populations remain generally low except when spawning streams suffer severe environmental disturbance – Clearly out
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On question 12, I think the answer choices boil down to B and C.

Another reason to eliminate B of its wording: "indicate the extent". The first sentence of the third paragraph states "Although no one has quantified changes...there is no reason to suspect that the effect would be qualitatively different...". To me, 'indicate the extent' implies a quantitative answer, which no one has, and so choice C is the best answer.

The rate of straying referred to in the final sentence of the second paragraph is a red herring - pardon the pun.
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Good Passage. Completed in 10 mins.
Q4 is tricky, especially during exam conditions.Only POE can save me here.
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Is it just me? This passage was extremely hard for me. It took me a very very long time to review the incorrect answers.
Some of the words in the passage and the questions themselves were all difficult.
Also, I felt that this passage required some basic knowledge of fish, which I don't have...

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Can someone explain "interbreed with existing stock to such a degree that any local adaptations that are present become diluted" means?

So I understand that the passage is saying that high straying rate is problem because they will go to a location where they weren't supposed to go (misdirected) and then, interbreed with the existing stock. What is the "existing stock"? different type of salmon in different area?? (example: white person from America gets lost then ends up in China and interbreed there?) Also, what exactly "local adaptions that are present" mean? Like, the new baby salmons adapt to that environment? or the strayed salmons adapt to that environment?

This is very hard for me... Thanks in advance.
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