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Ch 26: CSET Principles of Geography: Culture and the Physical Environment

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Allow us to guide your study of culture related to the physical environment for the CSET Social Science Subtest II exam. The video lessons and quizzes with immediate feedback give you an overview of the issues related to physical attributes in the United States, such as minerals and soil, and to the cultural processes, including politics and economics.

CSET Principles of Geography: Culture and the Physical Environment - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter can help you gain a clear understanding of the patterns in which humans settled in the U.S. in response to the existing physical environment. You can also learn about the various processes that have helped to form today's urban and rural surroundings. Finally, you can compare the negative impacts of industrialization to the more recent leaning toward environmental protection. The engaging video lessons include information about the following topics to help you prepare for the test:

  • Discuss how various nations use minerals in different ways
  • Explain how soil has formed and describe its composition
  • Understand the need for soil conservation
  • Chart the major processes that have given rise to today's urban and rural environments
  • Recognize the results of industrialized agriculture
  • Explain the 'Green Revolution'

Our experienced instructors guide you through the concepts listed above to make sure that you're ready for the exam. You can take the clear examples with you in your mind to utilize when you encounter related questions on the test.

Objectives of the CSET Principles of Geography: Culture and Physical Environment Course

The geography portion of the CSET Social Science Subtest II, composing about 14% of the questions, may include information about the interactions between cultures and their physical environments throughout time in the United States. The test assesses aspiring California teachers' abilities to use higher-order thinking skills in their study and understanding of social science, including geography and history.

Four of the five geography questions on the test are multiple-choice, as are the quiz questions. Working your way through the lessons and then taking the quick quizzes can help you practice your test-taking skills and possibly experience some questions similar to those you might come across on the test.

6 Lessons in Chapter 26: CSET Principles of Geography: Culture and the Physical Environment
Mineral Consumption: How Developed and Developing Nations Consume Minerals Differently

1. 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

2. 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.

The Formation and Composition of Soil: Definition and Factors

3. 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.

Soil Conservation: Fighting Soil Erosion With Sustainable Soil Use

4. 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.

Land Degradation and Habitat Fragmentation: The Environmental Impacts of Industrialized Agriculture

5. Land Degradation and Habitat Fragmentation: The Environmental Impacts of Industrialized Agriculture

Although we all need food to survive, the methods we use to produce that food can be problematic. In this lesson, we will explore how industrialized agriculture negatively impacts the environment and, as a result, makes the land less productive in producing crops and livestock.

What Is the Green Revolution? - Definition, Benefits, and Issues

6. What Is the Green Revolution? - Definition, Benefits, and Issues

Over the years many significant agricultural changes have occurred in order to supply enough food for the growing human population. In this lesson, we will explore the Green Revolution and investigate the benefits and issues associated with this period.

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