Ch 14: AP Environmental Science - Minerals, Rocks & Soil: Tutoring Solution

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The Minerals, Rocks and Soil chapter of this AP Environmental Science Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning how minerals and rocks differ. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the topics involving minerals, rocks and soil required in a typical AP Environmental Science course.

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  • Struggle with understanding silicate and non-silicate minerals, the rock cycle, soil erosion or any other mineral, rock or soil topic
  • Have limited time for studying
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  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their mineral, rock and soil unit
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Learning Objectives

  • Examine the types and properties of minerals.
  • Discuss mineral consumption in developed and developing nations.
  • Describe the environmental impacts of mineral usage.
  • List the optical properties of minerals.
  • Take a look at the different types of crystal shape minerals can take on.
  • Understand the properties of mineral density and specific gravity.
  • Discuss examples of silicate and non-silicate minerals.
  • Differentiate between rocks and minerals.
  • Name the three major groups of rocks.
  • Define soil.
  • Explain the causes of soil erosion.
  • Learn how sustainable soil use can help fight soil erosion.

17 Lessons in Chapter 14: AP Environmental Science - Minerals, Rocks & Soil: Tutoring Solution
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What Are Minerals? - Types, Properties & Examples

1. What Are Minerals? - Types, Properties & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about minerals and their properties. You will also understand the importance and everyday use of different types of minerals found on Earth.

Mineral Consumption: How Developed and Developing Nations Consume Minerals Differently

2. Mineral Consumption: How Developed and Developing Nations Consume Minerals Differently

In this lesson, you will learn about how minerals are used around the world. You will also gain an understanding of where minerals are found on earth and how developed and developing nations consume them differently.

Extraction and Processing of Minerals & the Environmental Impacts of Mineral Use

3. Extraction and Processing of Minerals & the Environmental Impacts of Mineral Use

In this lesson, you will learn about the different methods used to extract minerals from the ground and gain an understanding about how different types of mining affect the environment.

Optical Properties of Minerals: Luster, Light Transmission, Color & Streak

4. Optical Properties of Minerals: Luster, Light Transmission, Color & Streak

Minerals are conveniently identified based on their physical properties. These properties include luster, ability to transmit light, color and streak. This lesson will describe each of these properties and examples of each.

Crystal Shape of Minerals: Forms and Types

5. Crystal Shape of Minerals: Forms and Types

Did you know that the term crystal can have different meanings in addition to something pretty to look at? A crystal can refer to a regular pattern of molecules within a mineral or the shapes at a macroscopic level. This is also known as the crystal habit.

Mineral Strength: Tenacity, Hardness, Cleavage & Fracture

6. Mineral Strength: Tenacity, Hardness, Cleavage & Fracture

What does it mean to say that one mineral is stronger than another? This lesson will explore different minerals to identify and describe mineral strength in terms of tenacity, hardness, cleavage and fracture.

Mineral Density & Specific Gravity: Definition and Properties

7. Mineral Density & Specific Gravity: Definition and Properties

Mineral density and specific gravity are similar properties used by mineralologists to identify minerals. This lesson describes a common practice used to determine density and specific gravity.

Silicate Minerals: Chemical Classifications & Examples

8. Silicate Minerals: Chemical Classifications & Examples

Silicate minerals make up the bulk of the earth's crust. All silicates are made of the same building block, the silicon-oxygen tetrahedron. This lesson describes the major silicate minerals including feldspars and quartz.

Non-silicate Minerals: Chemical Classifications & Examples

9. Non-silicate Minerals: Chemical Classifications & Examples

While most minerals are silicates, many non-silicate minerals are found in the earth's crust and are important as well. This lesson will use examples and describe the three major groups of non-silicate minerals, including carbonates, halides and sulfates.

Rocks and Minerals: Definitions and Differences

10. Rocks and Minerals: Definitions and Differences

Can you tell the difference between a rock and a mineral? What makes a mineral so much different from a rock? Explore these questions in depth, and learn how we classify rocks and minerals.

Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

11. Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

In this lesson, we will discuss the three main types of rocks and how they are formed. The lesson also gives an introduction into how matter locked in rocks can be cycled through the earth.

Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups

12. Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups

Did you know that lava is molten rock that reaches the earth's surface? Furthermore, did you know that rocks exist in three general forms: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic? This lesson describes these rock types and examples of each.

What is Soil? - Definition, Structure & Types

13. What is Soil? - Definition, Structure & Types

Soil is the material found on the surface of the earth that is composed of organic and inorganic material. Soil varies due to its structure and composition. Learn about the different types of soil and soil structures in this video lesson.

The Formation and Composition of Soil: Definition and Factors

14. The Formation and Composition of Soil: Definition and Factors

In this video lesson you will learn how soil is formed and what it is made of. You will also learn about how soil is classified and distributed in layers underground.

What is Soil Erosion? - Definition and Causes

15. What is Soil Erosion? - Definition and Causes

With soil erosion, the top layer of soil is worn away due to factors such as water, wind and tillage of farmland. Learn about soil erosion and how natural elements and human activities break up and transport soil.

Soil Conservation: Fighting Soil Erosion With Sustainable Soil Use

16. Soil Conservation: Fighting Soil Erosion With Sustainable Soil Use

In this lesson, you will learn about the causes of soil erosion and the impacts it has on plants and other resources. You will also learn about how erosion is prevented through land use and land monitoring.

Soil Profile: Definition, Development & Types

17. Soil Profile: Definition, Development & Types

Explore the characteristics of soil profiles, their horizons and how they develop. Then you can use this knowledge to help you determine the conditions under which the soil developed and understand the history of the surrounding landscape.

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