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Ch 16: Earth's Groundwater

About This Chapter

Improve your understanding of Earth's groundwater with this entertaining chapter. Use these lessons to explore the importance of groundwater and some of the environmental problems associated with it.

Earth's Groundwater - Chapter Summary

This chapter will help you build on what you know about Earth's groundwater. Our lessons are brief and focused on teaching you about the geological roles groundwater plays on Earth. Study these lessons to learn more about:

  • The groundwater system and water cycle
  • Groundwater movement
  • Formation and types of springs
  • Environmental problems related to groundwater
  • Types of aquifers

These lessons were designed by subject-matter experts to ensure you get the most important information about groundwater. Vocabulary words associated with this subject are highlighted throughout the text lessons, and you can review what you've learned with the self-assessment quizzes that go with each lesson.

6 Lessons in Chapter 16: Earth's Groundwater
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Groundwater System: Definition & Geological Role

1. Groundwater System: Definition & Geological Role

Surprisingly, most of Earth's liquid freshwater is not where you might think! In this video lesson, you will learn about groundwater, as well as the important roles it plays in sustaining life and shaping Earth.

Factors that Influence Groundwater Movement

2. Factors that Influence Groundwater Movement

The movement of groundwater underneath us is influenced by several factors. In this video lesson, you will learn what these factors are and how they affect how and where groundwater moves.

Runoff & Infiltration: Definition & Process

3. Runoff & Infiltration: Definition & Process

When water falls to the ground as precipitation, it can either fill the spaces in the soil below ground or run across the surface. In this video lesson, you will learn about the processes of infiltration and runoff, and how they are an important part of the water cycle on Earth.

Springs: Definition, Formation & Types

4. Springs: Definition, Formation & Types

In this video lesson, you will learn about springs and how they form. You will also understand how springs are classified based on how they flow as well as how strongly they flow.

Environmental Problems Associated With Groundwater

5. Environmental Problems Associated With Groundwater

Groundwater is an important natural resource, but like many of our other resources, it's affected by the surrounding environment and human activities. In this video lesson, you'll learn about some of the environmental problems associated with groundwater and why groundwater is especially vulnerable to them.

Aquifer: Definition, Types & Facts

6. Aquifer: Definition, Types & Facts

Did you know that when you drink water from a well you may be drinking ancient water? In this lesson you will learn the definition of an aquifer and learn why aquifers are important. In addition, you will learn how humans have impacted aquifers. At the end, test your knowledge with a quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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