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Which represents the distribution of water on Earth?
a) 97% freshwater, 3% salt water b) 71% freshwater, 29% salt water c) 3% freshwater, 97% salt water d) 29% freshwater, 71% salt water
Which would result if annual rainfall amounts were reduced by 50%?
a) a drought b) a surplus c) a flood d) a monsoon
Which would most likely happen if the temperature of Earth’s oceans suddenly increased?
a) Ocean levels would increase due to polar ice melting. b) Ocean levels would decrease due to increased evaporation. c) Ocean levels would increase due to increased plant and animal mass. d) Ocean levels would decrease due to more water seeping into the ground.
Which is the best reason for monitoring local water availability in the hydrosphere?
a) to be aware of impending droughts b) to measure exact levels of well water c) to predict the best fishing ponds and lakes d) to determine the latest precipitation amounts
Which man-made problems are indicated by decreasing water levels?
a) too few farms and farm animals b) rising water and soil pollution levels c) diversion of rainfall and river water to treatment plants d) water overuse by cities and wasteful irrigation methods
Which could cause a well that has always worked perfectly to suddenly stop working?
a) a falling water table due to increased precipitation over a long period of time b) a falling water table due to decreased precipitation over a long period of time c) a rising water table due to increased precipitation over a long period of time d) a rising water table due to decreased precipitation over a long period of time
Where is the majority of Earth’s freshwater located?
a) groundwater b) oceans c) lakes d) ice
Which is an area of land that all drains to one place?
a) river b) aquifer c) reservoir d) watershed
Which is true about most of the freshwater on Earth?
a) It is abundant. b) It is inaccessible. c) It is underground. d) It is in the atmosphere.
Which best explains why freshwater is in such short supply?
a) Most of the freshwater is frozen in ice sheets. b) Most of the freshwater is trapped underground. c) Most of the freshwater is cycling in the atmosphere. d) Most of the freshwater is in the bodies of plants and animals.
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