Oxbow Lake: Definition & Formation


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What is the general shape of an oxbow lake?

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1. What feature of a river turns into an oxbow lake?

2. What happens to oxbow lakes over time?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Oxbow lakes are uniquely formed bodies of water, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help assess your understanding of them. In order to pass the quiz, you'll need to know about their shape and the different ways in which oxbow lakes are formed.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The feature of a river that turns into an oxbow lake
  • General shape(s) of an oxbow lake
  • Changes to oxbow lakes over time
  • Dynamics of a meander that will become an oxbow lake
  • Ways in which oxbow lakes are formed

Skills Practiced

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

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information on oxbow lake formations in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how oxbow lakes form, take shape and change over time
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on oxbow lakes and meandering rivers in order to understand their characteristics

Additional Learning

Want to learn more about oxbow lakes? Check out the accompanying lesson called Oxbow Lake: Definition & Formation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defines an oxbow and an oxbow lake
  • Describes characteristics of a meandering river
  • Clarifies how an oxbow lake is formed from a meandering river
  • Explains the unique characteristics of an oxbow lake
  • Provides other names for oxbow lakes
  • Identifies examples of oxbow lakes found in the United States