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ConcepTest: Groundwater Production

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
This material was originally created for Starting Point:Introductory Geology
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.


The cross section below simplifies the groundwater resources in a county in a Midwest state. Which location would have the potential for the best groundwater production?
  • A. Sand and gravel on hilltop
  • B. Shale bedrock
  • C. Sandstone bedrock
  • D. Sand and gravel in stream valley
Graphic for Groundwater Production ConcepTest Question

Student Responses:

The correct response is D.
Percentage of students choosing this answer. (%Before Discussion/%After Discussion)

A. (unknown/9%) B. (unknown/5%) C. (unknown/27%) D. (unknown/59%)

in a large (60+ student) Earth Science class.

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