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Ch 7: Geography of Land Resources

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about the unique characteristics of major geographical areas and habitats as well as the use and protection of private and public lands.

Geography of Land Resources - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Through the videos in this lesson, you'll have the chance to take an online journey to a variety of different geographical areas, including the major habitats and vegetation regions found in the world. You'll learn about some of the special characteristics of these areas, such as those found in deserts, grasslands, tropical rainforests and along coastlines. You can also find out about some of the environmental challenges to these areas, including deforestation and overgrazing.

An important part of the chapter will discuss the issues associated with federally and privately owned lands, like our national parks or rangelands. You'll also have the opportunity to compare the environmental and wise-use movements and how they view our geographical treasures. When you've finished with your video journey, you should be able to discuss the following:

  • The unique flora and soil properties of biomes or habitats
  • The differences between government-owned and privately owned lands, including their use
  • The special environmental concerns associated with forests and rangelands
  • National parks and wilderness areas, including their administration and issues

VideoObjective
Vegetation Regions Define the various vegetation regions, including desert, forest, grassland, ice sheet and tundra. Identify the types of plants, soil and weather patterns associated with these areas.
Biomes: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, Savanna, Coral Reefs and MoreDescribe the characteristics of these major habitats.
Biomes: Tundra, Taiga, Temperate Grassland and Coastlines Discuss the features found in these major habitats.
Land Ownership and Use in the U.S.: Private vs. Federal Summarize current land ownership in the United States. Compare federally and privately owned lands.
What Is Sustainable Forest Management? - Definition and Examples Explain the concept of sustainable forestry and implementation of sustainable forest management.
Deforestation: Definition, Causes and Consequences Define deforestation, including clearcutting, as well as the main causes of tropical deforestation. Understand the impact of deforestation on the environment.
Rangelands: Uses and Degradation Describe the properties and use of rangelands. Understand the relationship between overgrazing and desertification.
Protecting Private Rangelands: Conservation Easements Discuss how conservation easements can protect privately owned rangelands.
National Parks in the U.S.: Governing Agencies and Areas of Concern Explain which government agency is responsible for administering our national parks, including current issues of concern.
What Is Wilderness? - Definition, Problems and Preservation Define the term wilderness. Address the administration and goals of the National Wilderness Preservation System, including challenges to wilderness areas.
Managing Federal Public Lands: Wise-Use vs. Environmental Movements Discuss the differences between the wise-use and environmental movements' views on the use of public lands.

11 Lessons in Chapter 7: Geography of Land Resources
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Vegetation Regions: Distinctions, Wildlife & Weather Patterns

1. Vegetation Regions: Distinctions, Wildlife & Weather Patterns

Have you ever noticed how different places have different types of plants and weather? In this lesson, you'll learn about the five major vegetation regions in the world and what makes each of them unique.

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

2. 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

3. 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.

Land Ownership & Use in the US: Private vs. Federal

4. Land Ownership & Use in the US: Private vs. Federal

Land in the United States can be owned by the federal government or by private citizens. Learn more about federally-owned land and privately-owned land and how each type of land is used.

What Is Sustainable Forest Management? - Definition and Examples

5. What Is Sustainable Forest Management? - Definition and Examples

Sustainable forest management ensures that forest resources are preserved to meet the needs of future generations. Learn about sustainable forest management and see examples of how it is put into practice.

Deforestation: Definition, Causes & Consequences

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.

Rangelands: Uses and Degradation

7. Rangelands: Uses and Degradation

Rangeland covers much of the land area of the world. The lack of rainfall in these areas makes it useful land for grazing livestock and provides environmental benefits. Learn about the uses of rangeland and the potential for rangeland degradation.

Protecting Private Rangelands: Conservation Easements

8. Protecting Private Rangelands: Conservation Easements

Rangelands have many uses, such as acting as grazing land for livestock and recreational land for communities. Private rangeland owners can voluntarily enter into a legally binding conservation easement to limit the development of their land and preserve it for future generations.

National Parks in the US: Governing Agencies and Areas of Concern

9. National Parks in the US: Governing Agencies and Areas of Concern

The U.S. national parks are governed by the National Park Service, which is an agency within the Department of the Interior. Learn about the national parks of America and the current issues they face.

What Is Wilderness? - Definition, Problems & Preservation

10. What Is Wilderness? - Definition, Problems & Preservation

The wilderness is the last untamed land found on earth. It remains undeveloped by man and serves as a refuge for wildlife. Learn about the wilderness, the law enacted to preserve it and the problems that wilderness areas face.

Managing Federal Public Lands: Wise-Use vs. Environmental Movements

11. Managing Federal Public Lands: Wise-Use vs. Environmental Movements

Federal public lands are owned and administrated by the nation's government. Learn about the Environmental and Wise Use Movements and how their views differ on the management of federal public lands.

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