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Ch 9: Hydrologic Cycle & Freshwater Systems

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Hydrologic Cycle & Freshwater Systems - Chapter Summary

Our chapter contains short lessons on the hydrologic cycle and freshwater systems for you to review at your own pace. The subjects outlined here include the properties of water and the process and diagram associated with the hydrologic cycle. Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the distribution of water on Earth
  • Outline the changes in the distribution of Earth's water over time
  • Identify the properties of surface water
  • Detail facts about the watershed and its protection
  • Explain the conservation of groundwater
  • Define wells and their different types
  • Understand how to predict the movement of groundwater and the behavior of wells
  • Describe the factors that influence groundwater movement

Feel free to go back and review any of these lessons as many times as needed in order to feel comfortable with these subjects. A team of expert instructors has created these learning resources to give you confidence and help you understand with ease. Before taking a test, the lesson quizzes and chapter test provide a handy way to assess your knowledge.

10 Lessons in Chapter 9: Hydrologic Cycle & Freshwater Systems
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Properties of Water

1. Properties of Water

Why does ice float? Why can water rise on its own against gravity in a small tube? Find out how these mysterious properties of water can be explained by hydrogen bonds.

The Hydrologic Cycle: Definition, Process & Diagram

2. The Hydrologic Cycle: Definition, Process & Diagram

The hydrologic, or water, cycle describes the storage and movement of all water on Earth. This lesson will cover the different reservoirs where water can be stored and how it moves between them.

The Distribution of Water on Earth

3. The Distribution of Water on Earth

Water covers most of Earth but in a variety of forms. In this video lesson you will learn about how water is distributed on Earth, though you may be surprised to find out just how little of it we can access!

Changes in Distribution of Earth's Water Over Time

4. Changes in Distribution of Earth's Water Over Time

The amount of water on Earth is constant, but how that water is distributed changes over time. In this lesson, we will look at how water is currently distributed on Earth, as well as look back at how water has been distributed historically.

Surface Water: Definition & Properties

5. Surface Water: Definition & Properties

After completing this lesson, you'll be able to define surface water as well as describe some of its properties and understand why those properties are important.

What is a Watershed? - Definition, Facts & Protection

6. What is a Watershed? - Definition, Facts & Protection

Have you ever wondered what happens to rain after it hits the ground? In this lesson, we will trace the amazing journey a raindrop takes after it falls on land. You will learn a definition of a watershed and explore examples of how watersheds are protected.

Groundwater: Definition & Conservation

7. Groundwater: Definition & Conservation

In this lesson, we learn how groundwater is formed and moves beneath the earth. We also discuss why groundwater is such an important resource and the current dangers facing our groundwater supplies.

Wells: Definition & Types

8. Wells: Definition & Types

Wells are used all over the world and are an important source of water for many people. In this video lesson you will identify different types of wells, as well understand their underground source of water.

Predicting the Movement of Groundwater & the Behavior of Wells

9. Predicting the Movement of Groundwater & the Behavior of Wells

Groundwater is the source of fresh water for many people. In this lesson, we will learn about the different types of wells and how to predict where groundwater will move.

Factors that Influence Groundwater Movement

10. 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.

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