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Karst Words Quiz

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sinkhole
a depression or cavity formed in the earth when underlying material collapses
ridge
a long, narrow, raised area, such as the crest of a hill
groundwater
the water beneath the earth's surface that supplies springs and wells
cavern
a large cave
permeable
about a substance, for example rock, such that liquid or gas can move through it
cave
a natural hollow in the earth, especially one with an opening in a hillside or cliff
conduit
a channel, ditch, or pipe used to convey water or other liquid
topography
the shape and height or depth of the surface features of a place, area, or region
contaminate
to make water, air, or land dirty or unhealthy by adding waste material
sewage
water and waste carried away in sewers
sediment
solid material that settles to the bottom of a liquid
erosion
how the earth's surface is worn away by glaciers, wind, and waves
dolomite
calcium magnesium carbonate, the most common rock in the Bryant watershed
karst
an area where limestone is common and there are many sinkholes and caves
chert
a hard compact variety of quartz, found in limestone
sandstone
rock that is formed of grains of quartz held together with a cementlike structure
geology
the study of the physical structure, composition, and development of Earth
watershed
the area of land that drains into a river, river system, or lake
pollute
to make impure or unusable by contact or adding a harmful substance
limestone
a sedimentary rock of calcium carbonate composed primarily of the mineral calcite