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In their search for Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala, archaeologists have been unable to utilize satellite imagery, which is taken by satellites that orbit 500 or more kilometers above the Earth's surface and cannot penetrate the dense tree canopy of the jungles. However, using new infrared imaging technology, which translates heat signatures into distinct colors, archaeologists have recently been able to discern some Mayan ruins in photographs taken from helicopters flown just above the tree canopy. If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology, the discovery of Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala will surely be expedited.

The conclusion above logically depends on each of the following assumptions EXCEPT:

(A) All of the Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala have not already been discovered.

(B) The new infrared imaging technology is compatible with satellites currently used to photograph the Earth from space.

(C) Some of the heat signatures of undiscovered Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala are different from those of the surrounding jungle.

(D) The effectiveness of the new infrared imaging technology is not limited to photographs taken at heights just above the tree canopy.

(E) Funds will be available to cover the cost of launching at least one satellite with the new infrared imaging technology into orbit.

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The conclusion of this passage is clearly stated in the last sentence: "If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology, the discovery of Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala will surely be expedited." Why does the author believe that this will expedite the discovery of Mayan ruins?

• Currently, satellite imagery, which is taken by satellites that orbit 500 or more kilometers above the Earth's surface, cannot penetrate the dense tree canopy of the jungles. We can infer that if satellite imagery could penetrate the canopy of the jungles, it WOULD expedite the discovery of Mayan ruins.
• We cannot currently use satellite imagery to expedite the discovery of Mayan ruins, BUT archaeologists have recently been able to discern Mayan ruins in photographs taken from helicopters flown ABOVE the canopy. This was done using new infrared imaging technology.
• So, we can't use satellite imagery because it can't penetrate the canopy. Now we have new technology that can penetrate the canopy, at least from just above the canopy. Can that same technology be used to penetrate the canopy when used with satellites that orbit 500 or more kilometers above the Earth's surface?

Drawing the author's conclusion from the information in the passage depends on each of the following assumptions EXCEPT (cross off any required assumptions):

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(A) All of the Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala have not already been discovered.

If this is true, then there will be nothing left to discover, even if we can penetrate the canopy using satellite imagery. Thus, the discovery of Mayan ruins would not be expedited. (A) is a required assumption, so it can be eliminated.

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(B) The new infrared imaging technology is compatible with satellites currently used to photograph the Earth from space.

At first, choice (B) sounds tempting. If the new technology isn't compatible with the satellites, how can we use it to take satellite images that penetrate the canopy? However, who says we need to use the satellites that are currently used to photograph the Earth from space? We might need to employ new/different satellites to take advantage of the new technology, but that would not conflict with the author's argument. Choice (B) is not a required assumption, so hang on to this one.

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(C) Some of the heat signatures of undiscovered Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala are different from those of the surrounding jungle.

If the heat signatures of undiscovered Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala are NOT different from those of the surrounding jungle, then the "new infrared imaging technology, which translates heat signatures into distinct colors," will be useless in finding those ruins. Thus, choice (C) is a required assumption and should be eliminated.

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(D) The effectiveness of the new infrared imaging technology is not limited to photographs taken at heights just above the tree canopy.

If the effectiveness of the new technology IS limited to photographs taken from just above the canopy, then the technology will not help when used with satellites that take photos from 500+ kilometers above the Earth's surface. Choice (D) is a required assumption, so it should be eliminated.

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(E) Funds will be available to cover the cost of launching at least one satellite with the new infrared imaging technology into orbit.

The conclusion rests on the condition that "scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology." However, just because they can equip satellites with the technology, doesn't mean they actually have the money to send such a satellite into orbit. If such funding is not available and we cannot actually launch the satellites with the new technology into orbit, then we won't be able to use those satellites to search for Mayan ruins. Choice (E) is a required assumption, so it should be eliminated.

All statements aside from choice (B) are required assumptions, so (B) is the best answer.
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I say originally said E; the logic of the stem doesn't have anything to do with the ability to launch a satellite. They're simply saying that if the satellite is sent up, it would make the search faster. BUT I started thinking, and got back to B and E.

(A) All of the Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala have not already been discovered.
Necessary. No point to search if they've all been found.
(B) The new infrared imaging technology is compatible with satellites currently used to photograph the Earth from space.
Eh. The tech could be fitted to new satellites. It doesn't need to be on the ones currently being used.
(C) Some of the heat signatures of undiscovered Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala are different from those of the surrounding jungle.
Necessary. If the heat signatures of the surrounding jungle are the same as the ruins, neither the helicopters nor the satellites would be able to discern the ruins from the trees.
(D) The effectiveness of the new infrared imaging technology is not limited to photographs taken at heights just above the tree canopy.
Necessary. If the technology doesn't work from well above the trees, the recommendation is a bad one.
(E) Funds will be available to cover the cost of launching at least one satellite with the new infrared imaging technology into orbit.
Eh. The stem says IF the technology were fitted, THEN it would speed things up. It doesn't say that it must be done; it simply says that if it were done, then it would speed things up. But if you negate this, the conclusion becomes impossible. Negation of this answer makes the ability to send any satellite into orbit impossible.

Given these answers, I think B makes the most sense. If you negate it, there's some wiggle room. If you negate E, the conclusion fails to hold.

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I think Choice E is correct. Below is my explanation:

(A) All of the Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala have not already been discovered. [Incorrect - if all the mayan ruins have already been discovered then even addition of satellite will not make a difference.
(B) The new infrared imaging technology is compatible with satellites currently used to photograph the Earth from space. [Incorrect - If Infrared technology is not compatible then it will not help in discovering the ruins and conclusion will not hold]
(C) Some of the heat signatures of undiscovered Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala are different from those of the surrounding jungle. [Incorrect - If all heat signatures of undiscovered mayan is same from those of other forest then Infrared technology cannot help find Mayan ruin.]
(D) The effectiveness of the new infrared imaging technology is not limited to photographs taken at heights just above the tree canopy. [Incorrect - If Infrared is only effective only for photos taken at certain height then any modification will not help improve the process of finding ruins]
(E) Funds will be available to cover the cost of launching at least one satellite with the new infrared imaging technology into orbit. [Correct- conclusion includes a condition that if scientists can equip the satellites along with Infrared, thus argument is not assuming that it will be the case. Even if the funds are not available, does not affect the conclusion that satellites will improve the process.]
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In their search for Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala, archaeologists have been unable to utilize satellite imagery, which is taken by satellites that orbit 500 or more kilometers above the Earth's surface and cannot penetrate the dense tree canopy of the jungles. However, using new infrared imaging technology, which translates heat signatures into distinct colors, archaeologists have recently been able to discern some Mayan ruins in photographs taken from helicopters flown just above the tree canopy. If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology, the discovery of Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala will surely be expedited.

Type - Assumption Except
Boil it down - If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology, the discovery of Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala will surely be expedited.

(A) All of the Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala have not already been discovered. - Incorrect - If this all of the Mayan ruins have already been discovered, then we will not find any more of them
(B) The new infrared imaging technology is compatible with satellites currently used to photograph the Earth from space. - Correct - We can always launch a new satellite with IR capabilities
(C) Some of the heat signatures of undiscovered Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala are different from those of the surrounding jungle. - Incorrect - If the heat signatures are the same, then we can't distinguish between ruins and jungles
(D) The effectiveness of the new infrared imaging technology is not limited to photographs taken at heights just above the tree canopy. - Incorrect - If IR tech only works just above tree canopy level and is not useful at 500 or more KM above surface
(E) Funds will be available to cover the cost of launching at least one satellite with the new infrared imaging technology into orbit. - Incorrect - If funds are not available, then we can't launch a new satellite into orbit

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In their search for Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala, archaeologists have been unable to utilize satellite imagery, which is taken by satellites that orbit 500 or more kilometers above the Earth's surface and cannot penetrate the dense tree canopy of the jungles. However, using new infrared imaging technology, which translates heat signatures into distinct colors, archaeologists have recently been able to discern some Mayan ruins in photographs taken from helicopters flown just above the tree canopy. If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology, the discovery of Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala will surely be expedited.

The conclusion above logically depends on each of the following assumptions EXCEPT:

(A) All of the Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala have not already been discovered.
(B) The new infrared imaging technology is compatible with satellites currently used to photograph the Earth from space.
(C) Some of the heat signatures of undiscovered Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala are different from those of the surrounding jungle.
(D) The effectiveness of the new infrared imaging technology is not limited to photographs taken at heights just above the tree canopy.
(E) Funds will be available to cover the cost of launching at least one satellite with the new infrared imaging technology into orbit.

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Frankly speaking I gave a wrong answer E.
Now that I know the correct answer, I think that I understand where does it come from, but not sure for 100%.

A. Depends on this assumption. If all ruins have already been discovered, it would be nothing to expedite. Inccorrect.
C. Depends on this asssumption. If the signatures do not differ, we will be not able to discover any ruins, using this technology. Incorrect.
D. Depends on this asssumption. Maybe this technology works only in limited heights. And thus will not be useful in case of 500+rm. Incorrect.

E. A little tricky for me. When I answered the question, I thought this issue was out of scope. The passage is about technology. Not money.
But ok. It really depends on these assumption. We need funds to launch at least one satellite with this new technology. Incorrect.

B. Even trickier. When I answered the question, I thought it was obvious, that we depend on this assumption. And it is incorrect answer.
Of course the technology has to be compatible with the satelites, currently used to photograph Earth.

Now I think. Maybe because "If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology" is given in a passage, it means we already have this assumption. And we do not have to repeat this one in the options ---->hence it is an answer. But not sure about it.

With all respects. Why I do not like the explanation of B by Skywalker18 .
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B. Correct. We can always launch a new satellite with IR capabilities
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If we want to launch a new satelite with these capabilities (in addition to satelites we already have), we will need additional funds. So it gets us to option E. And we need this assumption, so it can not be the right answer. Maybe I am wrong and it is overthinking.

And if it is because it was in a passge, no such problem.

But will wait to hear the expert opinion of GmatNinja.
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The conclusion of this passage is clearly stated in the last sentence: "If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology, the discovery of Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala will surely be expedited." Why does the author believe that this will expedite the discovery of Mayan ruins?

• Currently, satellite imagery, which is taken by satellites that orbit 500 or more kilometers above the Earth's surface, cannot penetrate the dense tree canopy of the jungles. We can infer that if satellite imagery could penetrate the canopy of the jungles, it WOULD expedite the discovery of Mayan ruins.
• We cannot currently use satellite imagery to expedite the discovery of Mayan ruins, BUT archaeologists have recently been able to discern Mayan ruins in photographs taken from helicopters flown ABOVE the canopy. This was done using new infrared imaging technology.
• So, we can't use satellite imagery because it can't penetrate the canopy. Now we have new technology that can penetrate the canopy, at least from just above the canopy. Can that same technology be used to penetrate the canopy when used with satellites that orbit 500 or more kilometers above the Earth's surface?

Drawing the author's conclusion from the information in the passage depends on each of the following assumptions EXCEPT (cross off any required assumptions):

Quote:
(A) All of the Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala have not already been discovered.

If this is true, then there will be nothing left to discover, even if we can penetrate the canopy using satellite imagery. Thus, the discovery of Mayan ruins would not be expedited. (A) is a required assumption, so it can be eliminated.

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(B) The new infrared imaging technology is compatible with satellites currently used to photograph the Earth from space.

At first, choice (B) sounds tempting. If the new technology isn't compatible with the satellites, how can we use it to take satellite images that penetrate the canopy? However, who says we need to use the satellites that are currently used to photograph the Earth from space? We might need to employ new/different satellites to take advantage of the new technology, but that would not conflict with the author's argument. Choice (B) is not a required assumption, so hang on to this one.

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(C) Some of the heat signatures of undiscovered Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala are different from those of the surrounding jungle.

If the heat signatures of undiscovered Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala are NOT different from those of the surrounding jungle, then the "new infrared imaging technology, which translates heat signatures into distinct colors," will be useless in finding those ruins. Thus, choice (C) is a required assumption and should be eliminated.

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(D) The effectiveness of the new infrared imaging technology is not limited to photographs taken at heights just above the tree canopy.

If the effectiveness of the new technology IS limited to photographs taken from just above the canopy, then the technology will not help when used with satellites that take photos from 500+ kilometers above the Earth's surface. Choice (D) is a required assumption, so it should be eliminated.

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(E) Funds will be available to cover the cost of launching at least one satellite with the new infrared imaging technology into orbit.

The conclusion rests on the condition that "scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology." However, just because they can equip satellites with the technology, doesn't mean they actually have the money to send such a satellite into orbit. If such funding is not available and we cannot actually launch the satellites with the new technology into orbit, then we won't be able to use those satellites to search for Mayan ruins. Choice (E) is a required assumption, so it should be eliminated.

All statements aside from choice (B) are required assumptions, so (B) is the best answer.

We have been given this condition : If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology

so our analysis starts after we can equip the satellite. If we can equip or not is not pertinent.
That's why E should be the correct answer.

Why B is wrong?
B) The new infrared imaging technology is compatible with satellites currently used to photograph the Earth from space.

It is given that "archaeologists have recently been able to discern some Mayan ruins in photographs taken from helicopters flown just above the tree canopy" so in this situation and the situation we are evaluating, what is the difference? what has changed? Helicopters to satellite. We don't know if this technology is also compatible with satellite or not. if it is not then then surely conclusion falls apart, hence B is one of the correct assumption here.

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(C) Country X does not have the resources to examine all visitors from Country Y.
is not the answer precisely for the same reason.
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We have been given this condition : If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology

so our analysis starts after we can equip the satellite. If we can equip or not is not pertinent.
That's why E should be the correct answer.

Why B is wrong?
B) The new infrared imaging technology is compatible with satellites currently used to photograph the Earth from space.

It is given that "archaeologists have recently been able to discern some Mayan ruins in photographs taken from helicopters flown just above the tree canopy" so in this situation and the situation we are evaluating, what is the difference? what has changed? Helicopters to satellite. We don't know if this technology is also compatible with satellite or not. if it is not then then surely conclusion falls apart, hence B is one of the correct assumption here.

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(C) Country X does not have the resources to examine all visitors from Country Y.
is not the answer precisely for the same reason.

As you said yourself, IFwe can equip or not is not pertinent. So, it doesn't matter IF we can equip the current satellites with the new technology. The conclusion is based on a conditional statement: "If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology." We don't care whether the condition can actually be met. Thus, choice (B) has no impact on the conclusion.

Let's assume that condition is met and we CAN equip a satellite with the technology. Great, but what if we can't afford to actually send the thing into space? In that case, our satellite will just sit sadly in the lab and won't help discover any ruins. Thus, choice (E) is actually required.
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Though I agree that option B is indeed the right answer , I am not well convinced by the explanation for option A.

According to me option A itself doesn't really matter.

Conclusion is - If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology, the discovery of Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala will surely be expedited."

Now as it stands the author concludes a possibility of expedition with the help of new Infra...so basically his conclusion is equipping X with You will make z possible

Option A says not all the ruins are already found. - even if all the ruins are found the conclusion may still stand as we are concerned with the usefulness/viability/efficiency of the satellite equipped with INFRA. They may still be useful right? Please explain

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Though I agree that option B is indeed the right answer , I am not well convinced by the explanation for option A.

According to me option A itself doesn't really matter.

Conclusion is - If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology, the discovery of Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala will surely be expedited."

Now as it stands the author concludes a possibility of expedition with the help of new Infra...so basically his conclusion is equipping X with You will make z possible

Option A says not all the ruins are already found. - even if all the ruins are found the conclusion may still stand as we are concerned with the usefulness/viability/efficiency of the satellite equipped with INFRA. They may still be useful right? Please explain

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No, A is a logical assumption on which conclusion stands

As per you too, you have reworked on conclusion as - equipping X with You will make z possible

So all three X, you and z are important for conclusion. NO z, conclusion falls apart..

Conclusion is on three parts..
1) satellites
2) new infrared technology
3) expediting discovery

So A does act as an assumption
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The conclusion of this passage is clearly stated in the last sentence: "If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology, the discovery of Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala will surely be expedited." Why does the author believe that this will expedite the discovery of Mayan ruins?

• Currently, satellite imagery, which is taken by satellites that orbit 500 or more kilometers above the Earth's surface, cannot penetrate the dense tree canopy of the jungles. We can infer that if satellite imagery could penetrate the canopy of the jungles, it WOULD expedite the discovery of Mayan ruins.
• We cannot currently use satellite imagery to expedite the discovery of Mayan ruins, BUT archaeologists have recently been able to discern Mayan ruins in photographs taken from helicopters flown ABOVE the canopy. This was done using new infrared imaging technology.
• So, we can't use satellite imagery because it can't penetrate the canopy. Now we have new technology that can penetrate the canopy, at least from just above the canopy. Can that same technology be used to penetrate the canopy when used with satellites that orbit 500 or more kilometers above the Earth's surface?

Drawing the author's conclusion from the information in the passage depends on each of the following assumptions EXCEPT (cross off any required assumptions):

Quote:
(A) All of the Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala have not already been discovered.

If this is true, then there will be nothing left to discover, even if we can penetrate the canopy using satellite imagery. Thus, the discovery of Mayan ruins would not be expedited. (A) is a required assumption, so it can be eliminated.

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(B) The new infrared imaging technology is compatible with satellites currently used to photograph the Earth from space.

At first, choice (B) sounds tempting. If the new technology isn't compatible with the satellites, how can we use it to take satellite images that penetrate the canopy? However, who says we need to use the satellites that are currently used to photograph the Earth from space? We might need to employ new/different satellites to take advantage of the new technology, but that would not conflict with the author's argument. Choice (B) is not a required assumption, so hang on to this one.

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(C) Some of the heat signatures of undiscovered Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala are different from those of the surrounding jungle.

If the heat signatures of undiscovered Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala are NOT different from those of the surrounding jungle, then the "new infrared imaging technology, which translates heat signatures into distinct colors," will be useless in finding those ruins. Thus, choice (C) is a required assumption and should be eliminated.

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(D) The effectiveness of the new infrared imaging technology is not limited to photographs taken at heights just above the tree canopy.

If the effectiveness of the new technology IS limited to photographs taken from just above the canopy, then the technology will not help when used with satellites that take photos from 500+ kilometers above the Earth's surface. Choice (D) is a required assumption, so it should be eliminated.

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(E) Funds will be available to cover the cost of launching at least one satellite with the new infrared imaging technology into orbit.

The conclusion rests on the condition that "scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology." However, just because they can equip satellites with the technology, doesn't mean they actually have the money to send such a satellite into orbit. If such funding is not available and we cannot actually launch the satellites with the new technology into orbit, then we won't be able to use those satellites to search for Mayan ruins. Choice (E) is a required assumption, so it should be eliminated.

All statements aside from choice (B) are required assumptions, so (B) is the best answer.

I am convinced with option B. Can you explain why option C is incorrect. It says-"Some of the heat signatures of undiscovered Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala are different from those of the surrounding jungle." Why do we have to bother about the surrounding jungle? After all, a satellite is generally equipped to find the co-ordinates of a place.
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In their search for Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala, archaeologists have been unable to utilize satellite imagery, which is taken by satellites that orbit 500 or more kilometers above the Earth's surface and cannot penetrate the dense tree canopy of the jungles. However, using new infrared imaging technology, which translates heat signatures into distinct colors, archaeologists have recently been able to discern some Mayan ruins in photographs taken from helicopters flown just above the tree canopy. If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology, the discovery of Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala will surely be expedited.

The conclusion above logically depends on each of the following assumptions EXCEPT:
(A) All of the Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala have not already been discovered.
(B) The new infrared imaging technology is compatible with satellites currently used to photograph the Earth from space.
(C) Some of the heat signatures of undiscovered Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala are different from those of the surrounding jungle.
(D) The effectiveness of the new infrared imaging technology is not limited to photographs taken at heights just above the tree canopy.
(E) Funds will be available to cover the cost of launching at least one satellite with the new infrared imaging technology into orbit.

(B) The new infrared imaging technology is compatible with satellites currently used to photograph the Earth from space.
(E) Funds will be available to cover the cost of launching at least one satellite with the new infrared imaging technology into orbit.

The answer is right there. Either of these two things have to happen. Either we will launch new satellites or we will equip the existing one with new technology. Since the answer is asking for the assumption on which the conclusion depends, it has to be E. It cannot be B. For one, Yes we will need funds. Two, We really don't depend on existing satellites will be compatible or not. Because there can always be new and E also mentions funds are available. So E makes sense. Sometimes, Just to create trick options one of the two are just like opposite of each other and then you realise only one will be true. I have observed but I don't have links to share. I hope that makes sense!

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In their search for Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala, archaeolo  [#permalink]

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25 Sep 2019, 19:39
The question clearly asks wch particular one among the given choices do not support the conclusuon in the passage.

If u clearly see u will find that all the choices goes along with the conclusion except C wch says that some heat sigs are diffnt from nearby jungles ie most part of the jungles cant be explored since the red patches shown on the screen (heat signaturs) will appear same for all jungles.

Hence C is tbe right choice.

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26 Sep 2019, 00:19
This is really a trap question...

(B) The new infrared imaging technology is compatible with satellites currently used to photograph the Earth from space.

Here word "currently " is showing that this technology is not working to take images in spite of being compatible with existing image taking satellites then why need to euip new satellites with this technology..

B is correct as clearly visible

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15 Jan 2020, 10:06
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The conclusion of this passage is clearly stated in the last sentence: "If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology, the discovery of Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala will surely be expedited." Why does the author believe that this will expedite the discovery of Mayan ruins?

• Currently, satellite imagery, which is taken by satellites that orbit 500 or more kilometers above the Earth's surface, cannot penetrate the dense tree canopy of the jungles. We can infer that if satellite imagery could penetrate the canopy of the jungles, it WOULD expedite the discovery of Mayan ruins.
• We cannot currently use satellite imagery to expedite the discovery of Mayan ruins, BUT archaeologists have recently been able to discern Mayan ruins in photographs taken from helicopters flown ABOVE the canopy. This was done using new infrared imaging technology.
• So, we can't use satellite imagery because it can't penetrate the canopy. Now we have new technology that can penetrate the canopy, at least from just above the canopy. Can that same technology be used to penetrate the canopy when used with satellites that orbit 500 or more kilometers above the Earth's surface?

Drawing the author's conclusion from the information in the passage depends on each of the following assumptions EXCEPT (cross off any required assumptions):

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(A) All of the Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala have not already been discovered.

If this is true, then there will be nothing left to discover, even if we can penetrate the canopy using satellite imagery. Thus, the discovery of Mayan ruins would not be expedited. (A) is a required assumption, so it can be eliminated.

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(B) The new infrared imaging technology is compatible with satellites currently used to photograph the Earth from space.

At first, choice (B) sounds tempting. If the new technology isn't compatible with the satellites, how can we use it to take satellite images that penetrate the canopy? However, who says we need to use the satellites that are currently used to photograph the Earth from space? We might need to employ new/different satellites to take advantage of the new technology, but that would not conflict with the author's argument. Choice (B) is not a required assumption, so hang on to this one.

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(C) Some of the heat signatures of undiscovered Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala are different from those of the surrounding jungle.

If the heat signatures of undiscovered Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala are NOT different from those of the surrounding jungle, then the "new infrared imaging technology, which translates heat signatures into distinct colors," will be useless in finding those ruins. Thus, choice (C) is a required assumption and should be eliminated.

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(D) The effectiveness of the new infrared imaging technology is not limited to photographs taken at heights just above the tree canopy.

If the effectiveness of the new technology IS limited to photographs taken from just above the canopy, then the technology will not help when used with satellites that take photos from 500+ kilometers above the Earth's surface. Choice (D) is a required assumption, so it should be eliminated.

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(E) Funds will be available to cover the cost of launching at least one satellite with the new infrared imaging technology into orbit.

The conclusion rests on the condition that "scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology." However, just because they can equip satellites with the technology, doesn't mean they actually have the money to send such a satellite into orbit. If such funding is not available and we cannot actually launch the satellites with the new technology into orbit, then we won't be able to use those satellites to search for Mayan ruins. Choice (E) is a required assumption, so it should be eliminated.

All statements aside from choice (B) are required assumptions, so (B) is the best answer.

@GMATNinja The conclusion says: "If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology..." The use of "IF" here as a conditional isn't an explanation for B by itself? I mean, the conclusion already stated the hypothesis of scientists capability of equipping satellites. So, compatibility is NOT an issue. Am I right? Tks!
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Re: In their search for Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala, archaeolo  [#permalink]

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GMATNinja wrote:
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(B) The new infrared imaging technology is compatible with satellites currently used to photograph the Earth from space.

At first, choice (B) sounds tempting. If the new technology isn't compatible with the satellites, how can we use it to take satellite images that penetrate the canopy? However, who says we need to use the satellites that are currently used to photograph the Earth from space? We might need to employ new/different satellites to take advantage of the new technology, but that would not conflict with the author's argument. Choice (B) is not a required assumption, so hang on to this one.
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@GMATNinja The conclusion says: "If scientists can equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology..." The use of "IF" here as a conditional isn't an explanation for B by itself? I mean, the conclusion already stated the hypothesis of scientists capability of equipping satellites. So, compatibility is NOT an issue. Am I right? Tks!

I think you have the right idea here...

• The conclusion involves a hypothetical situation: IF it is possible for scientists to equip satellites with this new infrared imaging technology, THEN...
• It doesn't matter whether scientists actually CAN equip satellites with the new technology. But IF they can, THEN, according to the argument, the discovery of Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala will surely be expedited.
• So, yes, because of the conditional nature of the conclusion, (B) is not a required assumption.

I hope that helps!
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