Ch 5: CSET: Rock, Mineral, Soil & Water Resources

About This Chapter

Lessons in this chapter can help you learn about minerals, rocks, water and soil and issues involving their use. As you prepare for the CSET Science test, you can utilize these video lessons and self-assessment quizzes to help you succeed.

CSET Science: Rock, Mineral, Soil and Water Resources - Chapter Summary

Through the lessons in this chapter, you'll explore the Earth's bounty of rocks, minerals, soil and water in preparation for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) Science exam. You'll learn about the environmental impact of mineral extraction and examine sustainable practices in agriculture, soil use and energy production. The video lessons cover these topics:

  • Types, properties and examples of minerals
  • Mineral consumption in developed and developing nations
  • Chemical classifications and examples of non-silicate and silicate minerals
  • Extraction and processing of minerals and the environmental impacts of mineral use
  • Definitions and differences in rocks and minerals
  • Three major rock groups
  • Formation and composition of soil
  • Soil conservation
  • Comparison of extraction and recycling in relation to energy, cost and demand
  • Sustainable resources with respect to utility, cost, human population and environmental consequences
  • Properties of water that support life on Earth
  • Aquifer depletion and overdrawing of surface waters and its effect on water resources
  • Activities affecting the water supply
  • Pros and cons of dams and reservoirs
  • Water management and conservation
  • Sustainable agriculture

You'll study each lesson with experienced instructors, learning about the Earth's resources and the methods of obtaining, using and protecting them. The various facts presented in the lessons give you a good overview of the subject, and the entertaining videos make learning enjoyable.

Objectives of the CSET Science: Rock, Mineral, Soil and Water Resources Chapter

Passing the CSET is required for applicants for some types of California teaching credentials. The questions on rock, mineral, soil and water resources are included in the exam's General Science: Subtest I. This subtest has 58 multiple-choice questions, and there are seven questions on the content of this chapter. You can familiarize yourself with the test format and test your knowledge through the self-assessment quizzes that accompany each video lesson.

17 Lessons in Chapter 5: CSET: Rock, Mineral, Soil & Water Resources
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Non-silicate Minerals: Chemical Classifications & Examples

3. 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.

Silicate Minerals: Chemical Classifications & Examples

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

Rocks and Minerals: Definitions and Differences

6. 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.

Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups

7. 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.

The Formation and Composition of Soil: Definition and Factors

8. 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

9. 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.

Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

10. Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

We use a variety of Earth's resources, but not all of them will be around forever. This lesson explains the difference between resources that can be regenerated for our use and those that are gone after they are used once.

Global Mineral Reserves: Sustainability, Economic Implications, and Environmental Effects

11. Global Mineral Reserves: Sustainability, Economic Implications, and Environmental Effects

Minerals are vital components of our everyday lives, but each mineral only exists in a finite amount on Earth. How do we find a balance between supporting economies while also protecting the environment and ensuring the use of minerals for future generations?

What Are the Properties of Water? - Unique Properties that Support Life on Earth

12. What Are the Properties of Water? - Unique Properties that Support Life on Earth

In this video lesson you will learn about water and its unique properties. You will also develop an understanding of how these properties make life as we know it possible.

Aquifer Depletion and Overdrawing of Surface Waters: Effects on Water Resources

13. Aquifer Depletion and Overdrawing of Surface Waters: Effects on Water Resources

This video lesson describes the effects of overuse on two major water resources in the U.S.: the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and the overdrawing of the Colorado River.

Water Resource Issues: Activities Affecting the Water Supply

14. Water Resource Issues: Activities Affecting the Water Supply

This video lesson describes water resources issues such as aquifer depletion, overdrawing surface waters and salinization of irrigated soil. You will also learn about the impacts of activities affecting water resources.

Water Storage: The Pros and Cons of Dams & Reservoirs

15. Water Storage: The Pros and Cons of Dams & Reservoirs

In this lesson, you will contrast the benefits and drawback of water storage. You will learn about how and why water is stored and how this affects the surrounding ecosystems and human communities.

Water Conservation: How Water Management Can Lead to Sustainable Use

16. Water Conservation: How Water Management Can Lead to Sustainable Use

In this video lesson you will learn about the importance of water conservation. You will also learn about the two ways freshwater is used, and how proper water use can lead to sustainability in agriculture, homes, and manufacturing.

What Is Sustainable Agriculture? - Definition, Benefits and Issues

17. What Is Sustainable Agriculture? - Definition, Benefits and Issues

The word 'sustainable' has become very popular these days and is used to describe many different things. In this lesson we will explore how sustainability is associated with agriculture and the benefits and issues of this type of farming.

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