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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


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?
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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References and Notes:


Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Geology of groundwater occurrence

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:Ground Water


Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Groundwater:Geology of groundwater occurrence


Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water