Test on Hydrology and related topics


1. A large body of water into which the Crimea Peninsula extends is the (a) Caspian Sea; (b) Black Sea; (c) Sea of Okhotsk; (d) Aral Sea; (e) Banda Sea
2. Which of those in No. 1 has been severely devastated by water being diverted for irrigation? 3. What freshwater lake is inhabited by man-eating bull sharks? (a) Okeechobee; (b) Nicaragua; (c) Titicaca; (d) Baikal; (e) Victoria
4. Which of those in No. 3 is the largest lake in Latin America?
5. Which in No. 3 is the deepest in the world?
6. Which of the following is the deepest lake in North America? (a) Superior; (b) Tahoe; (c) Great Slave; (d) Crater; (e) Chelan
7. Which in No. 6 is the deepest wholly within the United States?
8. Which of the following lakes wholly within the United States has the longest shoreline? (a) Lake Powell; (b) Possum Kingdom Lake; (c) Lake Michigan; (d) Great Salt Lake; (e) Lake Mead
9. Which of the following is the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River? (a) Lake Martin; (b) Kentucky Lake; (c) Bankhead Lake; (d) Lewis Smith Lake; (e) Lake Lanier
10. Which of the following rivers is the westernmost in South Alabama? (a) Conecuh; (b) Mobile; (c) Tensaw; (d) Perdido; (e) Escatawpa
11. Which Great Lake is wholly within the United States? (a) Michigan; (b) Huron; (c) Erie; (d) Superior; (e) Ontario
12. The Apalachicola River receives it’s water from the Chattahoochee River and which other river? (a) Pea; (b) Flint; (c) Choctawatchee; (d) Alapaha; (e) Withlacoochee
13. There are no dams on the Sipsey River. Which of the following rivers is likewise free-flowing? (a) Coosa; (b) Black Warrior; (c) Conecuh; (d) Alabama; (e) Cahaba
14. One stream in Alabama is officially recognized as “Wild and Scenic.” It is the (a) Cahaba River; (b) Sepulga River; (c) New River; (d) West Sipsey Fork; (e) Sipsey River
15. The Salem Landfill is situated in the watershed of what Lee County creek? (a) Little Uchee; (b) Halawakee; (c) Saugahatchee; (d) Chewacla; (e) Loblockee
16. Opelika’s municipal water treatment plant is situated at the mouth of which of the creeks in No. 15?
17. Much of the water entering Lake Ogletree, the source of most of Auburn’s municipal water supply, comes from which of the creeks in No. 15?
18. When water is no longer being pumped from the limestone quarry south of Spring Villa Park, the quantity of water flowing into which of the creeks in No. 15 will be drastically reduced?
19. The only death resulting from a copperhead bite ever recorded in Alabama was that of a man reported to be bitten while swimming in which creek listed in No. 15?
20. The most recently discovered new species of bass was found in coastal river systems in the western Florida Panhandle and in what Alabama stream? (a) Yellow River; (b) Conecuh River; (c) Perdido River; (d) Choctawhatchee River; (e) Styx River
Answers: 1,b; 2,d; 3,b; 4,c; 5,d; 6,c; 7,d; 8,d; 9,b; 10,e; 11,a; 12,b; 13,e; 14,d; 15,b; 16,b; 17,d; 18,d; 19,c; 20,d.
Scoring: 15-20 correct, exceptional; 10-14 correct, very good; 6-9 correct, average for college graduates; fewer than 6 correct: average for persons interviewed by Jesse Watters (ref. Watters World on O’Reilley Factor, Fox News.)
Bob Mount is a Professor Emeritus with the Department of Zoology and Entomology at Auburn University. He is also chairman of the Opelika Order of Geezers, well-known local think tank and political clearing house. He writes about birds, snakes, turtles, bugs and assorted conservation topics.


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