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Geography & the Environment Overview - Chapter Summary
This chapter will discuss various geographical and environmental effects such as how geography affects the weather, the factors that determine a region's climate, and environmental legislation. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Discuss the environment's effect on human activities in North America
- Identify the major climate regions of the United States
- Understand the distribution of plants and animals in the United States
- Define soil erosion types and identify prevention methods
- Summarize energy transfer in the Earth's interior, atmosphere, and ocean
- Analyze relative distance in geography
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1. The Environment's Effect on Human Activities in North America
This lesson discusses the role the environment plays on the people of North America and their activities. It specifically highlights tourism, housing, farming, and natural resources.
2. How Geography Affects the Weather
After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain how geography affects the weather, including physical geography and human geography. A short quiz will follow.
3. Major Climates of Regions of the United States
After watching this video, you will be able to describe the major climates in regions of the United States, both in terms of temperature and precipitation. A short quiz will follow.
4. Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate
Climate is influenced by factors like atmosphere, ocean currents, landforms and plate tectonics. This lesson explains how these effects affect our weather patterns, which determine climate.
5. Distribution of Plants & Animals in the United States
After watching this video, you will be able to describe in general terms the distribution of plants and animals in the United States and give a few examples. A short quiz will follow.
6. What is Environmental Legislation? - Laws, Regulations & Timeline
Environmental legislation is a collection of many laws and regulations aimed at protecting the environment from harmful actions. Learn about the National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental laws.
7. Soil & Erosion: Definition, Types, Causes & Prevention
One of the most important things that we can do to ensure the health of our crops and nearby ecosystems is to reduce erosion. This lesson explains the relationship between soil and erosion, as well as ways to stop erosion.
8. Energy Transfer in Earth's Interior, Atmosphere & Ocean
Energy transfer in the atmosphere, ocean, and Earth's interior occurs as a result of three basic processes: convection, conduction, and radiation. In this lesson, you will explore these three processes in more detail through common examples.
9. Relative Distance in Geography: Definition & Overview
In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of relative distance in geography and review a couple of examples to further your understanding. Following the lesson, you can take a brief quiz to test your knowledge.
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