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Unusually large and intense forest fires swept the tropics in 1997. The tropics were quite susceptible to fire at that time because of the widespread drought caused by an unusually strong El Nino, an occasional global weather phenomenon. Many scientists believe the strength of the El Nino was enhanced by the global wanning caused by air pollution.

Which one of the following can be properly inferred from the information above?

(A) Air pollution was largely responsible for the size and intensity of the forest fires that swept the tropics in 1997.
(B) If the El Nino in 1997 had not been unusually strong, few if any large and intense forest fires would have swept the tropics in that year.
(C) Forest fires in the tropics are generally larger and more intense than usual during a strong El Nino.
(D) At least some scientists believe that air pollution was responsible for the size and intensity of the forest fires that swept the tropics in 1997.
(E) If air pollution enhanced the strength of the El Nino in 1997, then it also contributed to the widespread drought in that year.

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21 Apr 2018, 12:28
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Unusually large and intense forest fires swept the tropics in 1997. The tropics were quite susceptible to fire at that time because of the widespread drought caused by an unusually strong El Nino, an occasional global weather phenomenon. Many scientists believe the strength of the El Nino was enhanced by the global wanning caused by air pollution.

Which one of the following can be properly inferred from the information above?

(A) Air pollution was largely responsible for the size and intensity of the forest fires that swept the tropics in 1997.
(B) If the El Nino in 1997 had not been unusually strong, few if any large and intense forest fires would have swept the tropics in that year.
(C) Forest fires in the tropics are generally larger and more intense than usual during a strong El Nino.
(D) At least some scientists believe that air pollution was responsible for the size and intensity of the forest fires that swept the tropics in 1997.
(E) If air pollution enhanced the strength of the El Nino in 1997, then it also contributed to the widespread drought in that year.

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This is an interesting question upon reading the options, there seems to be a confusion between D and E. D IMO seems like repetition of what was stated in the argument. E on the other hand seems well rounded since it talks about air pollution leading to stronger El Nino which in turn leads to drought. Hence I lean towards E.
In fact other options A, B and C doesn't address the drought part of the argument which to me doesn't seem complete.
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Unusually large and intense forest fires swept the tropics in 1997. The tropics were quite susceptible to fire at that time because of the widespread drought caused by an unusually strong El Nino, an occasional global weather phenomenon. Many scientists believe the strength of the El Nino was enhanced by the global wanning caused by air pollution.

Which one of the following can be properly inferred from the information above?

(A) Air pollution was largely responsible for the size and intensity of the forest fires that swept the tropics in 1997.
Incorrect coz many scientists believed something n it was not proven. So if it was a proven fact that air pollution was reason that made el nino more strong then i would have preferred this statement.

(B) If the El Nino in 1997 had not been unusually strong, few if any large and intense forest fires would have swept the tropics in that year.
Out of scope.

(C) Forest fires in the tropics are generally larger and more intense than usual during a strong El Nino.
Does not contain the whole argument.

(D) At least some scientists believe that air pollution was responsible for the size and intensity of the forest fires that swept the tropics in 1997.
Out of scope.

(E) If air pollution enhanced the strength of the El Nino in 1997, then it also contributed to the widespread drought in that year.
Correctly mentions that if the belief of scientists (i.e. Air pollution made el nino more stronger) was true then it also contributed to widespread drought.

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