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Ch 14: Deserts and Wind: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Deserts and Wind chapter of this Introduction to Physical Geology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master deserts and wind concepts. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of deserts and wind.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering college physical geology material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding desert characteristics and the effects of wind on landforms.
  • Need an efficient way to learn about deserts and wind.
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools.
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
  • Missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Can't access extra science learning resources at school.

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Deserts and Wind chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Deserts and Wind chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any relevant question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • What are the five geological settings for deserts?
  • What characteristics are found in Southwestern deserts?
  • How does wind affect desserts?
  • What are the five types of sand dunes, and how are they structured?
  • How do humans cause desertification?

7 Lessons in Chapter 14: Deserts and Wind: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Earth's Deserts: Definition, Distribution & Location

1. Earth's Deserts: Definition, Distribution & Location

Imagine a place where rain rarely falls and plants and animals are specially adapted to survive. In this lesson, we'll learn why deserts form and how their location is determined by the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and geology.

Characteristics of the Deserts of the Southwestern United States

2. Characteristics of the Deserts of the Southwestern United States

In this lesson, we'll discuss two very different types of deserts located in the Southwestern United States. The Colorado Plateau and the Basin and Range Province each have special characteristics and features that make them unique.

Wind Action & Effects on the Desert Landscape

3. Wind Action & Effects on the Desert Landscape

Wind is a powerful force that has the ability to shape a landscape. In deserts, wind action changes the landscape through wind erosion in the form of abrasion and deflation.

Sand Dunes: Structure and Types

4. Sand Dunes: Structure and Types

Although most people think of sand dunes simply as piles of sand, they actually come in many different shapes and sizes. In this lesson, we'll discuss the unique features of barchan, transverse, parabolic, longitudinal and star sand dunes.

Desertification Caused by Human Activity

5. Desertification Caused by Human Activity

The earth is constantly changing, and one very dramatic and important change is from fertile land to deserts. This process of desertification can occur naturally, but is often caused or accelerated by human actions. Humans can accelerate this process by overgrazing, poor irrigation techniques, diverting rivers, and deforestation. This large issue is a global problem that must be combated.

What is a Wind Vane? - Definition, Uses & Facts

6. What is a Wind Vane? - Definition, Uses & Facts

Have you ever used a thermometer to determine the temperature outdoors? Probably. Have you ever used a wind vane? Probably not. Why, then, are they still seen in many places? In this lesson, you will learn about the wind vane's purpose and some of its history.

What is a Natural Bridge? - Definition & Formation

7. What is a Natural Bridge? - Definition & Formation

Did you know that there are some bridges that were made from just wind and water? Learn how in this lesson, along with where you can go to see some of them.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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