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Earth's Fresh Water - Chapter Summary
In this chapter's lessons, our instructors talk about fresh water on Earth and the ways in which its movement affects the planet's surface. You'll get information on drainage basins and look at types of wetlands. Other lessons examine streamflows and the formation of stream valleys.
You will learn about landform diagrams and see how they are used. In another lesson, you'll explore the physical characteristics of the Great Lakes. The information provided in these lessons should enable you to:
- List some characteristics of drainage basins
- Define laminar and turbulent streamflows
- Show how to use landform diagrams to describe a landscape's geological progression
- Understand how stream valleys are formed
- Describe types of wetlands
- Tell how rivers and streams alter the surface of the Earth
- Outline physical characteristics of the Great Lakes, such as depth and drainage
You can review these lessons on a computer or mobile device whenever it's convenient. The quizzes that follow them let you assess your knowledge and determine whether you need further review.
1. Drainage Basins: Definition & Characteristics
Do you know where the water in your area flows? In this lesson, we will explore the system of drainage basins and how they help develop river systems. We will also investigate some extreme examples of drainage basins.
2. Laminar & Turbulent Streamflows
Streams come in many different shapes and sizes. They can also vary in speed and direction of flow. In this lesson, we will explore two different ways that water can flow through a stream.
3. How a Landform Diagram Describes the Geological Progression of a Landscape
This lesson describes what a landform diagram is. We'll also discuss some basic laws of geology that can help scientists deduce both the order of events that create a landform and the geologic events that occur after a landform's formation.
4. The Formation of Stream Valleys
Running water is very powerful and has the ability to change the land around it. In this lesson, we will explore the creation of stream valleys and how they are shaped by the water that runs through them.
5. What Are Wetlands? - Definition & Types
Also called Earth's kidneys, wetlands are dynamic and unique environments. Found all over the world, wetlands come in many different types and serve a variety of important functions.
6. How Rivers and Streams Affect the Earth's Surface
Rivers and streams are powerful, ever-changing systems that can alter the surface of the Earth. While they share many similar features, they can be vastly different. In this lesson, we will learn how rivers and streams form, transport sediment, and flood.
7. Physical Characteristics of the Great Lakes
What makes the Great Lakes so great? Learn about the lakes' defining physical features and characteristics, and why they're so important to us. Find out how great you were at picking up this knowledge with a quiz.
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Other chapters within the MTTC Earth/Space Science (020): Practice & Study Guide course
- Foundations of Earth Science
- Nature of Scientific Inquiry
- Scientific Data & Calculations
- Maps & Spatial Concepts
- Space Science Technology
- Laboratory Equipment, Safety & Procedures
- Earth's Formation & Structure
- Plate Tectonics, Continental Drift & Ocean Formations
- Understanding Earthquakes
- Rocks & Minerals
- Effect of Weathering, Erosion & Deposition
- Geologic Time & Earth's History
- Environmental Impacts of Earth's Natural Resources
- Properties of Water & the Hydrologic Cycle
- Ocean Formation & Characteristics
- Earth's Groundwater
- Global Water Issues
- Atmospheric Structure & Energy Transfer
- Season & Climate Classifications
- Wind, Air Masses & ENSO in Atmospheric Circulation
- Weather Conditions, Patterns & Severe Weather
- Weather Forecasting and Analysis
- Climate Change & Air Pollution
- The Earth & the Moon
- The Sun's Structure, Energy & Life Cycle
- Solar Radiation, Energy & Light
- Celestial Orbit Characteristics
- Formation of the Solar System
- Celestial Bodies in the Solar System
- Kepler & Newton's Laws of Motion
- Star Types & Life Cycle
- Characteristics of Stars
- Origins & Theories of the Universe
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