Test your knowledge and understanding of environment, soils and agriculture in Brazil’s Cerrado for A level with this 13-question quiz.

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Rank Name Score
1st FIN 26
2nd FIN 25
3rd fin 25
4th CEC 25
5th FIN 24
6th MJF 23
7th FIN 23
8th CEC 23
9th CEC 22
10th CEC 22

QUIZZES // Should food production in the Cerrado be expanded?

Q1. What type of biome is the Cerrado?

Tropical rainforest

Hot desert



Q2. What is the correct definition of a biodiversity hotspot?

An ecosystem with high numbers of plants that cannot be found anywhere else, but that is under significant threat

An ecosystem with very large numbers of plants and animals

An ecosystem where plants and animals from a number of biomes can be found

An ecosystem where nature is coming under great threat from humans

An ecosystem where nature is coming under great threat from humans

Q3. Which of the following is the correct definition of a latosol?

Infertile acidic soil characterised by a white or grey subsurface layer

Infertile soils that are often coloured red due to high levels of iron oxide

Well-drained soils with brownish subsoils where iron oxides are bonded to silicate clays

Fertile black soils rich in humus with a lighter lime-rich layer below

Q4. In what year was Embrapa, the research arm of the Brazilian ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, established?





Q5. Which of the following terms is used for carbon that has been taken out of the atmosphere and is being stored elsewhere?

Sequestered carbon

Carbon sink

Carbon source

Carbon budget

Q6. What proportion of Brazil’s land area is covered by the Cerrado?





Q7. Which of the following is the term for the industry relating to farming and farming-related commercial activities?

Trans-national corporation

Subsistence farming

Pastoral agriculture


Q8. Which of the following is a proposal to make agriculture in the Cerrado more sustainable found in the Cerrado Manifesto?

Banning agribusiness

Banning soybean production

Increasing the amount of protected areas

Rewilding the area with animals close to extinction

Q9. What was added to the soils of the Cerrado in large quantities in order to make them suitable for farming?



Deep-rooted plants

Iron oxides

Q10. Name one of the agribusinesses involved in moving soybeans from the Cerrado to the UK.



Archer Daniels Midland Company

Deere and Company

Q11. Which of the following is the correct name for the domination of a single crop type in a particular place?





Q12. Which of the following is the correct definition of the term endemic?

An ecosystem with a high number of plants that cannot be found anywhere else and are threatened by human actions.

A layer in the soil that is parallel to the soil surface.

Major global soil groupings found worldwide.

A term used to describe a plant or animal species that can only be found in one place.

Q13. Which country is Brazil’s main soybean trade partner?






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