What is Runoff? - Definition & Effects


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_____ can be described as the part of the _____ that flows over land as surface water instead of being _____ into the ground or evaporating.

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1. Runoff is typically associated with which of the following?

2. Which one of the following surfaces would most likely have the lowest permeability?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Runoff, the uncontrolled water that moves over land, replenishes waterways, but it also poses some significant risks and hazards. This quiz and the accompanying lesson will help you understand the sources of runoff, the conditions that force water to flow over different ground surfaces and the ways runoff can damage the environment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of runoff
  • The absorption rate of different ground surfaces
  • Water sources that can create runoff
  • Factors that can increase or decrease runoff
  • Waterways that experience the greatest impact from runoff

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows you to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on runoff and its effects
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the factors that contribute to runoff
  • Making connections - examine the relationship between weather conditions and runoff

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson, What is Runoff? - Definition & Effects. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the natural factors that generate runoff
  • Analyze permeability of different surfaces
  • Explain how vegetation minimizes the effects of runoff
  • Describe how runoff can spread pollution