Drainage Basins: Definition & Characteristics


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What is the appropriate definition of a drainage basin?

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1. What is the appropriate term for water that falls on the ground and flows across the surface until it hits a stream?

2. If we know that a mountain has a drainage divide, then what else do we know about the mountain?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet can be used to quickly gauge your knowledge of drainage basins and the properties they have. For this quiz, you will need to know what a drainage basin is and about the Mississippi River.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to evaluate your knowledge of:

  • Characteristics of drainage basins
  • The term used for water that hits the ground and moves across the surface before coming in contact with a stream
  • The meaning of drainage basin
  • Where large rivers stop

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can define the main phrase drainage basin
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the number of states that are a part of the Mississippi River drainage basin
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related drainage basin lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about drainage basins, you can watch the video lesson called Drainage Basins: Definition & Characteristics. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand the attributes of drainage basins
  • Learn where drainage basins form
  • Pinpoint examples of drainage basins
  • Examine the components of a river system