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Energy Production & Resource Use - Chapter Summary
One of the more pressing environmental issues of our time is the production of energy and the related usage of natural resources. If you would like to learn more about this complex subject, you can go through this chapter and read or watch the text and video lessons. Each lesson covers a different issue pertaining to energy production and the ways in which we consume resources.
When watching these videos, you will learn about different ways in which we currently produce energy, as well as scientific fields that study and improve our energy production and infrastructure. Each lesson is taught by an experienced instructor who will go over all information point-by-point in a convenient online format. Some of the topics you will learn about are:
- The definition and principles of conservation biology
- Different power generation sources
- Oil and natural gas reserves
- Water resource issues
- Renewable and non-renewable resources
- The environmental impact of mineral use
- The definition, causes and consequences of deforestation
Each lesson is complemented by a practice quiz that will help you test your understanding of that particular topic. Once you complete the entire chapter, you can take the final chapter exam to review the most important points on the overall subject. Your personal Dashboard can be used to keep track of your learning progress as you complete each lesson.
1. What Is Conservation Biology? - Definition & Principles
Conservation biology aims to reduce the human impact on the environment by looking for the causes and possible solutions to these problems. In this lesson, you'll learn about conservation biology and the different types of conservation.
2. 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.
3. Pros & Cons of Power Generation Sources
In this lesson we will summarize the pros and cons of the major ways to generate power. We will focus on the broad categories of fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewable energy.
4. Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use
Oil and natural gas reserves are found underground and must be extracted using a drilling method. In this lesson you will learn about the many uses of oil and natural gas, the availability of these valuable resources and how they are extracted.
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.
6. Deforestation: Definition, Causes & Consequences
Deforestation is the clearing of trees without the intent of replacing them or reestablishing a stand of trees. Learn reasons for deforestation and discover the consequences of this process in all forests, including tropical forests.
7. 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.
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