Caverns & Sinkholes: Definition, Formation & Effects


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Which of the following is true about caverns and sinkholes?

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1. Which is NOT true about stalactites?

2. What is the name for an underground water reservoir?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo is designed to test your ability to answer questions addressing groundwater and features of sinkholes and caverns. To pass the quiz, you will need to be familiar with terms used to describe cavern and sinkhole characteristics and the formation processes.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Characteristics of sinkholes and stalactites
  • Relationship between caves and caverns
  • Term for an underground water reservoir
  • Definition of subsidence

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the role of groundwater in the formation of sinkholes and caverns
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as subsidence
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding caves and caverns

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Caverns & Sinkholes: Definition, Formation & Effects. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss groundwater and its effect on underground structures
  • Define caverns and sinkholes
  • Detail the formation of sinkholes
  • Provide details about how caves and caverns are created
  • Explain the formation of stalactites and stalagmites