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- Describe the geological role of ground water.
- List the factors that affect ground water movement.
- Identify the different types of springs and wells.
- Learn about the environmental problems associated with ground water.
- Explain how caverns and sinkholes form.
1. Groundwater System: Definition & Geological Role
Groundwater, or the water present beneath the Earth's surface, makes up most of the planet's liquid freshwater stored in underground reservoirs called aquifers. Learn the definition of the groundwater system and explore its geological role in the water cycle.
2. Factors that Influence Groundwater Movement
The movement of groundwater depends on the circumstances of the environment. Discover the factors that influence groundwater movement such as porosity, permeability, and gravity.
3. Springs: Definition, Formation & Types
Springs are classified by their magnitude and how the water flows. Discover the five different types of springs and learn how they form from aquifers.
4. Wells: Definition & Types
There are three main types of man-made wells, including dug wells, driven wells, and artesian wells. Learn how to define the different types of wells and also how wells are different than spring-fed sources of water.
5. Environmental Problems Associated With Groundwater
Groundwater is our largest natural source of freshwater, but several environmental problems threaten the underground aquifers that contain it. Explore how groundwater is vulnerable to issues like pollution, overdrawing, and subsidence, and discover how these problems impact the planet's water supply.
6. Caverns & Sinkholes: Definition, Formation & Effects
Caverns and sinkholes occur when the surface land collapses due to groundwater dissolving sediments underground, or when too much groundwater is pumped from an aquifer. Learn the definition of sinkholes and caverns, explore how they are formed, and then discover their effects on the Earth's landscape.
7. Stalactite: Definition & Formation
If you walk into a cave there is a great chance you will see a stalactite hanging from the ceiling. Discover what a stalactite is and how nature uses rainwater to form these structures.
8. What is a Hot Spring? - Definition & Explanation
A hot spring is a natural phenomenon whereby groundwater is heated by geothermal energy from the earth's magma. Learn the definition of a hot spring, and how they are formed. See how geothermal energy can be used to generate electricity.
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