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ConcepTest: Topography and Water Table

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 four schematic cross sections below show the potential groundwater resources for an area of hills and valleys. Assume the region receives plentiful rainfall and is in underlain by an open aquifer composed of sand and gravel. Predict which diagram is the best representation of the relationship between topography and water table.

Topography and Water Table

a. A
b. B
c. C
d. D

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No data yet. The correct response is c.

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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

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Earth System Topics

Hydrology:Ground Water


Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Groundwater:Geology of groundwater occurrence


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