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The hot spring deposits at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, are travertine. What rock probably lies somewhere beneath the hot springs?


Which common, rock-forming mineral or mineral group is most readily dissolved by groundwater?


The water table is ________.

a boundary between saturated rock below and unsaturated rock above

Water-saturated muds have low permeabilities but can have greater porosities than well-cemented sandstone.


________ is the volume of voids or open space in a rock or unconsolidated material.


Lowering of the water table around a pumping well results in a cone of infiltration.


Permeability is the physical force that pushes water below the water table through a porous, rock material.


When the elevation of the water table is higher than the level of the surface of a stream, you have a __________.

gaining stream

A ________ is the icicle-like speleothem that grows down from the roof of a cavern.


An unconfined water table is the ________.

boundary between the aerated zone above and saturated zone below

Where do the majority of hot springs in the United States occur?

the West

________ are specific features of karst topography.

Streams flowing into depressions and continuing underground

The water table is a surface separating the saturated and unsaturated zones.


Porosity is a measure of the volume of open space in rocks and unconsolidated, geological materials like alluvium and soils.


Most caves and caverns originate by solution of limestone.


An artesian well is one in which ________.

water rises above the top of the aquifer without any pumping

________ are characteristics found in all good aquifers.

High porosity and high permeability

Excessive groundwater withdrawals can cause ________.

the water table to drop or decline in elevation

What is a hole bored into the zone of saturation called?

a well

Which one of the following concerning stalactites and stalagmites is not true?

Stalagmites form on the floors of caves below the water table.

Where is the majority of groundwater found?

in tiny pore spaces

________ would have the largest capacity to naturally remove sewage pollutants.

Slightly clayey sand

________ controls the ease (or difficulty) of groundwater transmission through a porous material.


How is groundwater flow primarily controlled?

by gravity

Which one of the following statements is true for an artesian aquifer?

The water table in the recharge area is at a higher elevation than the top of the aquifer in the subsurface.

In areas underlain by unconsolidated or weakly consolidated strata, lowering of the water table can cause the land to subside.


What type of rock do caves most commonly form in?


The aerated zone ________.

lies above the water table

In general, contaminated groundwater will be naturally cleaned faster by circulation through porous and permeable sands than by circulation through fractured, crystalline igneous and metamorphic rocks.


How well pores are connected to allow groundwater flow is known as _____.


A "soda straw" is one type of _____.


An aquifer is ________.

a saturated, porous, and permeable layer or stratum

Which one of the following is not a speleothem?


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