Environmental Problems Associated With Groundwater


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Why is groundwater more vulnerable than surface water?

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1. Why is overdrawing aquifers a problem?

2. Several years ago, a large sinkhole opened up inside the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The hole was big enough that numerous, expensive Corvettes fell in and were damaged. What happened underneath the museum to cause this sinkhole to occur?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of environmental problems associated with groundwater. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include reasons why groundwater is more vulnerable than surface water as well as sources of groundwater pollution.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Vulnerabilities of groundwater
  • Problems related to overdrawn aquifers
  • Description of subsidence
  • Sources of groundwater pollution

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on environmental problems associated with groundwater
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about groundwater in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about how many people on Earth rely on groundwater

Additional Learning

To learn more about groundwater, review the accompanying lesson called Environmental Problems Associated With Groundwater. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the vulnerabilities of groundwater
  • Know some problems associated with sinkholes
  • Explain where groundwater can end up
  • Define subsidence and explain how subsidence relates to overdrawn groundwater supplies
  • Identify who relies on groundwater in the US and abroad