What is a Reservoir? - Definition, Formation & Characteristics


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What is a reservoir?

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1. What are the three types of reservoirs?

2. An engineer is working in a mountain range in the western United States. The town needs a better source of water than local rivers. Which reservoir would be the best choice for this area?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

If you want to understand the source of our water supply, you need to understand reservoirs. This assessment will go over some key facts related to reservoirs, such as its definition and types.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • The definition of reservoir
  • The different types of reservoir
  • The best type of reservoir to use in a mountain range
  • An additional way in which a reservoir is used
  • Problems with reservoirs

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - verify that you can accurately define reservoir
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you can read and understand information related to the types of problems that reservoirs can cause
  • Knowledge application - apply your knowledge of reservoirs by identifying a specific reservoir type that can be used in a mountain range

Additional Learning

To learn more about reservoirs, go through the related lesson called What is a Reservoir? - Definition, Formation & Characteristics. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The definition of a reservoir
  • Different types of reservoir
  • Uses for each type
  • Problems associated with reservoirs