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Curious About the Earth’s Water System?

We hear a lot about wasting water as well as contaminating it, as if we can use up what will be needed in the future or as if scientific technology is always needed to clean it after it is used. Naturally, we should be good stewards of all our planet’s resources, but do we really understand how the water cycle was designed? Could fear mongering cause us to misunderstand how the earth’s water system really works?

Check your knowledge of how planet earth’s water cycle works in this quiz then, in the comments below, let us know if you learned something new.

  • Why is earth’s water system called a closed system?

    • Because our water always follows the same paths in its cycle.
    • Because earth’s water is always recycling through it’s cleaning system.
    • Because water is always being contaminated.
  • Earth’s water system is sometimes called

    • A vapor system.
    • A transportation process.
    • A hydrological cycle.
  • Precipitation is…

    • Foggy conditions in the air.
    • Rain inside clouds.
    • Rain and snow falling to the ground.
    • Rain, snow, and drought conditions combined.
  • Water continuously moves through earth’s water system…

    • True, it is always moving through the cycle.
    • False, sometimes there are droughts.
  • What are the three major methods of movement in earth’s water cycle?

    • Clouds, bodies of water on earth’s surface, and wind.
    • Storms, flowing waterways, and the ocean.
    • Condensation, evaporation, and precipitation.
  • When moving through the cycle water changes…

    • In the way it tastes.
    • In the way it smells.
    • In the way it looks.
  • Water percolation is when…

    • Coffee is brewed.
    • Groundwater goes into subsurface water reservoirs.
    • Temperatures in hot springs rise.
  • Condensation occurs when water…

    • Changes from a vapor to a liquid form.
    • Evaporates into snow.
    • Evaporates into clouds.
  • Evaporation occurs as water…

    • Transforms into a gas.
    • Restructures into ice crystals.
    • Raises oxygen levels in any body of water.
  • Water is purified by earth’s worldwide natural filtration system:

    • Yes
    • No
  • Earth’s water cycle has no specific beginning or ending:

    • Yes
    • No
  • Earth’s water cycle has no specific beginning or ending:

    • True
    • False
  • How much do best estimations say that global precipitation falls on land surfaces as opposed to bodies of water?

    • 50%
    • 25%
    • 20%
  • Aquifers are…

    • Endorheic bodies of water.
    • Manmade repositories for large amounts of water.
    • Natural storage for underground water.
  • A water table…

    • Tells us at what depth the ground is saturated with water in a given area.
    • Tells us what kind of ground is below the surface of a land mass.
    • Tells us how close to the ocean a restaurant can be built.

What do you think?

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