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Carving the Land

1. What does the word erosion mean?:
A. The process by which broken-down rock material is carried from
one place to another.
B. The process by which broken-down plant material is carried from
one place to another.
C. The process by which broken-down animal material is carried from
one place to another.
D. The process by which broken-down water material is carried from one
place to another.

2. What is the major cause of erosion?:
A. Wind
B. Moving ice
C. Water
D. Humans

3. What does the term weathering mean?:
A. When sand is broken into smaller pieces.
B. When dirt is broken into smaller pieces.
C. When rock is broken in smaller pieces.
D. When leaves are broken into smaller pieces.

4. Using the map on page A11, name three rivers that make up the
Mississippi River System.

1.
2.
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5. Why does water flow downward?








6. What does the term sediment mean?:
A. Materials that are carried by wind.
B. Materials that are carried by moving ice.
C. Materials that are carried by humans.
D. Materials that are carried by water.

7. What is the MAIN IDEA of Carving the Land.
A. To discuss how important water is to our lives.
B. To discuss how land is formed by the way water moves through it.
C. To discuss how important it is to live near water.
D. To discuss how water moves through brooks, streams, rivers and
oceans.

8. What two factors contribute to the force of moving water?









9. In what ways do you think the Mississippi River is important to the people of the United
States?