Ch 5: Earth's Physical Features, Systems & Processes

About This Chapter

The lessons in this chapter provide information regarding Earth's physical features, systems and processes. You'll be able to learn more about the Earth's land and water systems.

Earth's Physical Features, Systems & Processes - Chapter Summary

Complete this chapter to improve your understanding of Earth's physical features, systems and processes, including types of landforms, the distribution of water on Earth, the groundwater system and more. Working on these lessons prepares you to:

  • Identify the Earth's bodies of water, including oceans, seas and gulfs
  • Describe desert, tropical rainforest, savanna and coral reef biomes
  • Detail characteristics of tundra, taiga, temperate grassland and coastline biomes

Our lessons are developed by geography experts, who will help you efficiently understand and remember these concepts. You can study this chapter at your own pace and track your progress by completing the interactive quizzes associated with each lesson.

7 Lessons in Chapter 5: Earth's Physical Features, Systems & Processes
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Landform: Definition & Types

1. Landform: Definition & Types

Read about landforms and their major features. Learn the differences between formations like mountains and hills, valleys and canyons. (Hint: It has to do with their form.)

The Distribution of Water on Earth

2. The Distribution of Water on Earth

Water covers most of Earth but in a variety of forms. In this video lesson you will learn about how water is distributed on Earth, though you may be surprised to find out just how little of it we can access!

The Earth's Oceans, Seas & Gulfs

3. The Earth's Oceans, Seas & Gulfs

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what oceans, seas and gulfs are and point out some of the most well-known ones on a world map. A short quiz will follow.

Bodies of Water: Lesson for Kids

4. Bodies of Water: Lesson for Kids

Water is such an important part of our lives, and all living things need it to survive. It covers most of our Earth in many different forms. This lesson describes the bodies of water and the differences between them.

Groundwater System: Definition & Geological Role

5. Groundwater System: Definition & Geological Role

Surprisingly, most of Earth's liquid freshwater is not where you might think! In this video lesson, you will learn about groundwater, as well as the important roles it plays in sustaining life and shaping Earth.

Biomes: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, Savanna, Coral Reefs & More

6. Biomes: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, Savanna, Coral Reefs & More

Take a trip around the world and learn all about different biomes. Why can you only find certain plants and animals in specific places? What are the most fertile climates on Earth? Watch on to answer these and other questions.

Biomes: Tundra, Taiga, Temperate Grassland, and Coastlines

7. Biomes: Tundra, Taiga, Temperate Grassland, and Coastlines

Take a trip with us in this lesson, starting in the Pacific Ocean, traveling across California through the Central Valley and up to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We'll learn how oceans, elevation, and people can determine which types of biomes are found in different areas and check out the Earth's most massive and oldest organisms.

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