Surface Water Worksheet

Surface Water Worksheet
1. Label the parts of the water cycle below:
a. Evaporation
b. Condensation
c. Transpiration
d. Infiltration
2. Define the following:
a. Stream load:
b. Bed Load:
c. Suspension:
Use the sketches of stream sediment to answer the following questions:
e. Run off
f. Precipitation
3. What is the largest particle that could be moved in suspension by a stream flowing at 150 cm/sec?
4. What is the minimum velocity the stream be moving in order to carry a particle that is boulder size?
5. What stream velocity would be necessary to transport the largest particle in sample 1?
6. Which sample would require the fastest velocity in order to be carried in suspension? Why? Which
sample would be carried by a very slow moving stream?
Examine the diagram below. The houses shown are built on the river’s floodplain:
7. Explain the potential hazards of building homes in this area
8. Which of the four houses shown is in the worst location? Explain why?
9. Sketch the likely location of a point bar
10. Identify locations where you would expect to find:
a. Boulders and stones:
b. Sand and small pebbles:
c. Mud and silt:
11. Assuming that the particles carried by the stream lithified, where would you expect to find the
following rocks:
a. Conglomerate:
b. Shale:
12. Explain the difference between an alluvial fan and a delta
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