Hydraulic Geometry in Water Flow


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What is hydraulic geometry?

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1. What shape does the cross-section of a river have early in its life (in the mountains)?

2. What shape does the cross-section of a river have late in its life (as it approaches the sea)?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Hydraulic geometry in water flow plays an important part in the formation of both upland and lowland rivers. You will be tested on the terms associated with hydraulic geometry and the shapes of rivers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on

  • The meaning of hydraulic geometry
  • Shapes a river forms at higher and lower elevations
  • What causes meanders in a stream

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you understand the most important concepts in the lesson about hydraulic geometry in water flow
  • Defining key concepts - check that your definitions of main phrases, such as hydraulic geometry and meander, are accurate
  • Information recall - assess your acquired knowledge about the shapes of rivers at various points in their progression

Additional Learning

To learn more about how streams and rivers are formed, review the accompanying lesson called Hydraulic Geometry in Water Flow. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explore how the geometry of a river is affected by its various features
  • Learn how erosion occurs in both mountain and lowland rivers
  • Identify how lateral motion affects the shape of a river at various elevations