Environmental Quiz Part 3


This quiz originally appeared in the Awesome Possum game cartridge. The questions and answers are Copyright 1992-1993 Time Warner Interactive (used by permission). All Rights Reserved.


The U.S. recycles about 27% of its paper products. How much did it recycle during World War II?

  1. 14%
  2. 27%
  3. 43%


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How many species are estimated to have vanished from the world's tropical forests in the past 20 years?

  1. 500
  2. 10 thousand
  3. 1 million


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How much would Americans save each year in electric bills by switching from incandescent to compact fluorescent light bulbs?

  1. $1 million
  2. Almost $40 million
  3. Over $10 billion


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How much carbon dioxide can a tree remove from the air each year?

  1. 2 pounds (907 gm)
  2. about 35 pounds (16 km)
  3. Over 200 pounds (91 km)


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How much do sidewalk oxygen vendors in Mexico City charge for a minute of fresh air?

  1. 10 cents
  2. $1.15
  3. $12


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90% of the cars made in Brazil run on:

  1. gasoline
  2. ethyl alcohol
  3. coal


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For each real flamingo in the United States, how many plastic flamingos are there?

  1. 1
  2. 12
  3. 700


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How many trees can you save in a year by recycling your newspaper every day?

  1. 1
  2. 4
  3. 25


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How many of the world's tropical plants have been tested for possible use in medicinal drugs?

  1. Fewer than 1%
  2. About 10%
  3. More than 45%


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What animal was mistaken for dead and displayed for 3 years at the American Museum of Natural History before breaking loose?

  1. A snail
  2. An opossum
  3. A bear


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During its period of rapid growth, how much weight can a blue whale gain in a day?

  1. 10 pounds (4.5 km)
  2. 70 pounds (32 km)
  3. 200 pounds (91 km)


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How many descendants can a pair of houseflies produce in one summer, under ideal conditions?

  1. Almost 300 million
  2. 300 billion
  3. over 300 trillion


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Some fleas can jump:

  1. 10 times their own height
  2. 25 times their own height
  3. 130 times their own height


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The average gestation period of the common opossum is:

  1. 12.5 days
  2. 9 months
  3. 2 years


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How long is a giant anteater's tongue?

  1. 1 inch (2.54 cm)
  2. 10 inches (25.4 cm)
  3. 2 feet (0.6 meters)


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How many brown rats does it take to eat as much food as one human?

  1. 3
  2. 50
  3. 240


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How far away can a male emperor moth smell a female?

  1. 100 yards (91 meters)
  2. Half a mile (0.8 km)
  3. 7 miles (11 km)


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How many trees does the average American use each year in the form of paper and other wood products?

  1. 1
  2. 7
  3. 200


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Which of the following will help cool a house in the summer?

  1. Opening the refrigerator door
  2. Planting shade trees
  3. Painting the house black


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The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would be reduced by a billion pounds (454 million kg.) each year if every American family

  1. planted one tree
  2. recycled glass bottles
  3. ate less beans


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An average-sized tree produces enough oxygen for:

  1. one person
  2. a family of four
  3. 25 people


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Trees in city parks live about 64 years. How long does the average street tree live downtown?

  1. Only 13 years
  2. 64 years
  3. 120 years


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How many trees does it take to absorb the average carbon dioxide emissions of one car?

  1. 1
  2. 15
  3. 200


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How much of the water that has ever existed on the Earth is still here?

  1. Half of it
  2. Most of it
  3. All of it


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80% to 90% of the rain that falls in the U.S. evaporated from the ocean

  1. 2 to 3 days before
  2. 2 to 3 months before
  3. 2 to 3 years before


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If you are standing still at the equator, how fast are you rotating around the center of the Earth?

  1. 0 miles per hour (0 km/hr.)
  2. 11 miles per hour (18 km/hr.)
  3. 1100 miles per hour (1770 km/hr.)


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In 1883 the volcanic island Krakatoa exploded and disappeared. How long did it take most of the ash to start falling from the sky?

  1. 5 days
  2. 5 months
  3. 5 years


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The air we breathe is:

  1. about 1/5 oxygen
  2. about 1/2 oxygen
  3. all oxygen


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How deep will an earthworm go to find moist dirt to eat?

  1. 1 foot (0.3 meters)
  2. 10 feet (3 meters)
  3. 100 feet (30 meters)


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The grain and soybeans that livestock in the U.S. eat would feed:

  1. half the people in New York City
  2. 5 times the people in the U.S.
  3. all the people in the world


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How many of the 1000 species of bats in the world are vampire bats?

  1. 3 species
  2. 75 species
  3. 500 species


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If bats disappeared from the South Pacific islands, what percentage of the native trees would disappear as well?

  1. 0%
  2. 25% to 40%
  3. 100%


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Are bats blind?

  1. Yes
  2. No


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Where is the largest colony of mammals on planet Earth?

  1. Mexico City (people)
  2. Bracken Cave, Texas (bats)
  3. New York City (rats)


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Which of the following animals can not catch fish?

  1. Beetles
  2. Bats
  3. Spiders


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What do the duck-billed platypus and the short-tailed shrew have in common that makes them unique among mammals?

  1. Both are poisonous
  2. Both are deaf
  3. Neither one has teeth


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What makes the Duck-billed Platypus and the Spiny Anteater of Australia unique among mammals?

  1. They lay eggs
  2. They eat rocks
  3. They walk on their tails


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How much paper does the average American family of four send to landfills each year?

  1. Almost 50 pounds (23 kg)
  2. Over 500 pounds (227 kg)
  3. 12 tons


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How many one-million dollar lottery winners could you pay off with the money it takes to set up one new landfill?

  1. 1
  2. 12
  3. 90


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Which of the following pollutes the most miles of U.S. rivers?

  1. Agriculture
  2. Industry
  3. Municipal waste


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Which country gets the highest percentage of its electricity from nuclear power?

  1. France
  2. Japan
  3. the United States


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One half of America's landfills will be full or closed by:

  1. 1995
  2. 2020
  3. 2100


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How many glass bottles and jars do Americans throw out every year?

  1. 50 thousand
  2. 1 million
  3. 28 billion


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How many times can you recycle an aluminum can?

  1. Once
  2. Three times
  3. Over and over again


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Energy saved from recycling one aluminum can will:

  1. run a flashlight for 10 minutes
  2. run a TV set for 3 hours
  3. power your home for 2 days


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How much of our garbage can be recycled?

  1. Almost none of it
  2. Half of it
  3. All of it


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A leak that fills an 8 ounce cup in 10 minutes will waste how much water each year?

  1. 10 gallons (38 liters)
  2. 120 gallons (454 liters)
  3. over 3000 gallons (11,000 liters)


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How many sea creatures are killed each year by plastic bags and garbage in the ocean?

  1. None
  2. Several hundred
  3. Up to one million


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What is the best way to get friends to help the Earth?

  1. Pay them
  2. Force them
  3. Set a good example yourself


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The melting of the core of a nuclear reactor is called:

  1. a meltdown
  2. the Milky Way
  3. the Einstein Effect


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The atmospheric layer that protects life by filtering out ultraviolet rays is called the:

  1. boron layer
  2. ozone layer
  3. chlorine layer


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Solid particles carried in the air are called:

  1. particulates
  2. ozone
  3. carbon dioxide


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Direct energy from the sun is called:

  1. solar energy
  2. cosmic energy
  3. bogus energy


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Why are inland wetlands so important?

  1. You can build on them
  2. They provide habitat for fish, waterfowl and wildlife
  3. They make good waste disposal sites


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Converting salt water to fresh water is called:

  1. carbonation
  2. desalinization
  3. fluoridation


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What makes up more of the world's total food production than all others combined?

  1. Wheat, oats and bananas
  2. Rice, corn and potatoes
  3. Pizza


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Which continent has the fastest population growth?

  1. Africa
  2. Asia
  3. North America


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What burns hotter and produces less air pollution than any other fossil fuel?

  1. Natural gas
  2. Diesel fuel
  3. Charcoal briquets


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Which fossil fuel is the dirtiest to burn?

  1. Coal
  2. Firewood
  3. Natural gas


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Energy from the Earth's molten core is called:

  1. nuclear energy
  2. geothermal energy
  3. solar energy


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Due to the phasing out of certain chemicals, the thickness of the ozone layer is expected to improve starting in the year:

  1. 2000
  2. 2025
  3. 2100


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The flashlight fish has a bright light pouch under each eye. The source of this light is:

  1. light-emitting bacteria
  2. a glowing fungus
  3. the chemical used by fireflies


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Which animal can show its mood by changing color?

  1. The platypus
  2. The octopus
  3. The mood ringworm


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Instead of red blood cells, the icefish has:

  1. antifreeze
  2. oil
  3. battery acid


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The painted turtle can safely let over half of its body be:

  1. eaten
  2. frozen
  3. pulverized


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A colony of army ants may have as many as:

  1. 500 ants
  2. 10 thousand ants
  3. 2 million ants


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Which of the following can glide through the air?

  1. Flying possums
  2. Flying ferrets
  3. Flying tigers


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When threatened, the Texas horned toad squirts its target with:

  1. blood
  2. sweat
  3. tears


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Certain birds, such as the indigo bunting, can recognize:

  1. windshields they have previously splattered
  2. traffic signs ("stop" & "yield")
  3. the Big Dipper and other constellations


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The ability of sunflowers and other plants to follow the sun's path across the sky is called:

  1. photosynthesis
  2. phototropism
  3. photocopying


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Bullfrogs don't:

  1. croak
  2. jump
  3. sleep


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Birds are believed to be descended from the:

  1. flies
  2. fishes
  3. dinosaurs


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Which venom is the most poisonous?

  1. Black widow spider
  2. Rattlesnake
  3. Tarantula


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How high can a kangaroo jump?

  1. 4 feet high (1.2 meters)
  2. 10 feet high (3 meters)
  3. 40 feet high (12 meters)


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A pitcher plant can eat a:

  1. mouse
  2. moose
  3. muskrat


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How much better is a bloodhound's sense of smell than a human's?

  1. A hundred times better
  2. A thousand times better
  3. A million times better


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Which is greater, the combined weight of all the world's insects or that of all the humans?

  1. The humans weigh twice as much
  2. They weigh about the same
  3. The insects weigh 12 times as much


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Which animal can lift 850 times its own weight?

  1. The elephant
  2. The rhinoceros
  3. The rhinoceros beetle


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What was the change in production of CFC's (chemicals harmful to the ozone layer) from 1988 to 1991?

  1. Decreased by 46%
  2. Stayed the same
  3. Doubled


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The Tasmanian Devil:

  1. spins in circles and drills holes in the ground
  2. eats its own weight in food almost every day
  3. has a red tail and horns


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How much fruit does the average preschooler eat compared to the average adult woman?

  1. Half as much
  2. The same amount
  3. 6 times as much


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How much does the average American family spend on energy in one year?

  1. $200
  2. $1000
  3. $6500


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The U.S. pumps 5.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. How much is that for each American?

  1. 22 tons
  2. 500 tons
  3. 2200 tons


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Which country produces the most hydroelectric power?

  1. Canada
  2. France
  3. The United States


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Altamont Pass, California, has more windmills than any other spot on Earth. How many windmills are there?

  1. 500
  2. 7500
  3. Half a million


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How much is a ton of recycled aluminum cans worth?

  1. $1.05
  2. $105.00
  3. $1050.00


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What percent of the population of the U.S. lives in a 50-mile- wide corridor bordering the coast?

  1. 14%
  2. 53%
  3. 77%


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What makes an ostrich egg unique?

  1. It is the largest single cell
  2. Its shell is 1 inch (2.54 cm) thick
  3. It is the only purple egg


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What is a banana plant?

  1. A tree
  2. A grass
  3. An herb


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How many of Europe's forests are receiving damaging levels of sulfur deposits?

  1. 25%
  2. 75%
  3. 100%


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How many of the lakes in Canada are dead due to acidification and other causes?

  1. 5
  2. 120
  3. 14,000


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Coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean floor. How many of the ocean's species live there?

  1. 2%
  2. About 25%
  3. 95%


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How energy efficient are trains, per passenger, compared to cars?

  1. About the same
  2. Twice as efficient
  3. 6 times as efficient


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Which is more energy efficient: moving freight by trucks or by train?

  1. Trucks are twice as efficient
  2. They're about the same
  3. Trains are 8 times as efficient


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All sea snakes are:

  1. poisonous
  2. non-poisonous
  3. mammals


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Do most raccoons live in cities or in the woods?

  1. 15 times as many live in cities
  2. 15 times as many live in the woods
  3. About the same number live in each place


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How long can an albatross glide without beating its wings?

  1. 4 minutes
  2. 30 minutes
  3. 6 days


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The only bird capable of flying backwards is the:

  1. ostrich
  2. hummingbird
  3. dodo


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The common midge, a small insect, can beat its wings:

  1. 5 times per second
  2. 100 times per second
  3. 2200 times per second


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How many hours does a koala sleep each day?

  1. 1 hour
  2. 8 hours
  3. 22 hours


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Which animal's feet support more weight per square inch?

  1. A person's feet
  2. An elephant's feet


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Cow's milk contains 4% milk fat. How much of a grey seal's milk is fat?

  1. None
  2. 14%
  3. 53%


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Which animals have smaller eyes in proportion to their body size?

  1. Ants
  2. Humans
  3. Whales


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How many muscles does a dog's ear have?

  1. 1
  2. 5
  3. 17


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How does a honeybee tell its fellow bees the location of flowers it has found?

  1. Song
  2. Dance
  3. Art


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A chameleon's tongue is:

  1. half the length of its body
  2. slightly longer than its body
  3. 3 times the length of its body


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The archerfish knocks insects into the water by:

  1. spitting on them
  2. blowing on them
  3. stunning them with sound waves


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A female canary's eggs don't start to develop until:

  1. the full moon
  2. the first day of spring
  3. a male canary sings to her


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The idea that the entire life of Earth, along with the air and oceans, acts as one living organism is called the:

  1. Gaia hypothesis
  2. greenhouse effect
  3. theory of relativity


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Inside almost every cell of your body is a microscopic DNA molecule. How long would it be if you uncoiled it?

  1. about 1 inch long (2.54 cm)
  2. over 3 feet long (0.9 meters)
  3. a mile long (1.6 km)


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The "Awesome Possum" cartridge has 16 megabits of data. How much data is contained in each DNA molecule (genetic code) in your body?

  1. Only half as much
  2. Twice as much
  3. Over 300 times as much


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