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# The interior Western United States is sinking. The area of the U.S. be

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The interior Western United States is sinking. The area of the U.S. between the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Colorado Plateau is known as the Basin and Range. This area has been sinking for millions of years due to expansion of the Earth’s crust. The lowest point in North America, Death Valley, California, is part of the Basin and Range. Since the southern portion of the region is sinking much faster than the northern portion, places like Phoenix, Arizona, at just over 1,100 feet of elevation, are very low, and places farther north, like Reno, Nevada, at almost 4,500 feet of elevation, are higher. The fact that the elevation of the southern part of the region is getting progressively lower allows more moisture from the Gulf of California to bypass places like Phoenix and penetrate farther into the northern part of the region.

Which of the following is the most appropriate conclusion to the premises above?

(A) Therefore, the region known as the Basin and Range will continue to expand into areas currently part of the Colorado Plateau.
(B) As the northern portion of the region continues to sink, the southern areas of the region will receive more moisture.
(C) Therefore, the drier climate of places like Phoenix is attributable to the compression of the Earth’s crust.
(D) The southern portion of the region includes areas that are very dry and well below sea level.
(E) As the area continues to sink, Phoenix, Arizona, will become drier and drier, while areas to the north will receive more moisture.

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27 May 2017, 02:51
The interior Western United States is sinking. The area of the U.S. between the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Colorado Plateau is known as the Basin and Range. This area has been sinking for millions of years due to expansion of the Earth’s crust. The lowest point in North America, Death Valley, California, is part of the Basin and Range. Since the southern portion of the region is sinking much faster than the northern portion, places like Phoenix, Arizona, at just over 1,100 feet of elevation, are very low, and places farther north, like Reno, Nevada, at almost 4,500 feet of elevation, are higher. The fact that the elevation of the southern part of the region is getting progressively lower allows more moisture from the Gulf of California to bypass places like Phoenix and penetrate farther into the northern part of the region.

Which of the following is the most appropriate conclusion to the premises above?

(A) Therefore, the region known as the Basin and Range will continue to expand into areas currently part of the Colorado Plateau.
(B) As the northern portion of the region continues to sink, the southern areas of the region will receive more moisture.
(C) Therefore, the drier climate of places like Phoenix is attributable to the compression of the Earth’s crust.
(D) The southern portion of the region includes areas that are very dry and well below sea level.
(E) As the area continues to sink, Phoenix, Arizona, will become drier and drier, while areas to the north will receive more moisture.

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E is the conclusion :
1. southern part sinking.
2. Moisture will penetrate to North.
as moisture will penetrate to north , southern part will become dry to some extent , and the same process will continue.
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30 May 2017, 16:53
Although the passage is dense and convoluted, the answer is easy. E can be easily derived from the last sentence. Had E been the answer choice A, the question could have been solved quicker.
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