Peralta Community College District
Physical Geography
Rita D. Haberlin, Instructor

Hydologic Cycle (Water Cycle) Quiz

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1. What is the chief source of energy for the hydrologic cycle?

Gravity
Radioactivity
The Sun
Water
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2. Which is the correct sequence of processes as water moves from the ocean to land in the hydrologic cycle?
Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, Runoff
Evaporation, Precipitation, Runoff, Condensation
Runoff, Precipitation, Evaporation, Condensation
Precipitation, Evaporation, Condensation, Runoff
3. What happens to most of the water that falls as rain?
It stays in the soil
It runs off the land in rivers
It returns to the atmosphere by evapotranspiration
It sinks into the groundwater zone
4. Which of the following has occurred in this century, partly as a result of human activities?
Glaciers have expanded
Less water sinks into the ground as cities have spread
Sea level has fallen
All of the above have occurred
5. Which one of the following makes up about 2% of the world's water supply?
Groundwater
Oceans
Rivers
Glaciers
6. Which one of the following situations favors surface runoff rather than infiltration into the soil?
Gentle slopes
Thick vegetation
Heavy precipitation (rain)
Porous, sandy soils
7. Which two processes in the hydrologic cycle absorb heat and release water vapor to the atmosphere?
Precipitation and Runoff
Evaporation and Transpiration
Infiltration and Discharge
Percolation and Infiltration
8. Every time a cloud forms, heat is released into the atmosphere.
True
False
9. The movement of water throughout the hydrologic cycle is an example of a closed system.
True
False
10. Which one of the following is NOT one of the processes included in the hydrologic cycle?
Condensation
Precipitation
Evaporation
Erosion
Runoff

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