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ConcepTest: Stream Gradient

ConcepTest questions by David McConnell, David Steer, Walter Borowski, Jeffrey Dick, Annabelle Foos, Jeffrey Knott, Alvin Konigsberg, Michelle Malone, Heidi McGrew, Kathie Owens, and Stephen Van Horn

Question:

The town of Pleasantville is located at a meander bend in a floodplain. In order to reduce the threat of property loss due to erosion, Pleasantville's engineer proposes the construction of the diversion structure shown in the diagram below.

Along the course of the diversion, the stream gradient will be __________ than the gradient along the existing meander bend.
Stream Gradient
a. greater
b. less than
c. the same

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Subject

Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water

Resource Type

Activities:Classroom Activity:Short Activity:ConcepTests

Grade Level

College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

Ready for Use

Ready to Use

Earth System Topics

Hydrology, :Surface Water

Topics

Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Surface Water