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Ch 6: Geology and the Environment

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Inspect these lessons to identify the connection between geology and the environment, including geological processes, like water movement and plate tectonics. Get ready for an exam, improve your grades, or just expand your knowledge of geology.

Geology and the Environment - Chapter Summary

Geology and the environment often go hand-in-hand, since the environment has such a significant impact on geological processes. These lessons go over some of the major geology concepts, such as soil erosion and minerals, and the lessons also discuss the connections between these geology topics and the environment.

Instead of weighing you down with a long, seemingly endless chapter of facts, we break up this chapter into miniaturized lessons. Each lesson remains focused on a single topic. With such a pinpoint focus, our instructors make sure that you only learn the most relevant information possible. Additionally, our shorter lessons are easier to fit within your day, as each lesson can be completed in usually less than 10 minutes. As you go through this chapter, you'll learn about the following:

  • How surface and groundwater affect the landscape
  • Geological progression portrayed in landform diagrams
  • An explanation of tectonic plate movement
  • Environmental impacts of mineral processing, extraction, and use
  • Using sustainable soil strategies to fight soil erosion

5 Lessons in Chapter 6: Geology and the Environment
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Ground and Surface Water: Effects On Landscapes

1. Ground and Surface Water: Effects On Landscapes

In this lesson, you will learn how groundwater and surface water form features on Earth and cause changes in landscapes. You will also learn about the different types of features formed by each type of water.

How a Landform Diagram Describes the Geological Progression of a Landscape

2. 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.

Causes of Tectonic Plate Movement

3. Causes of Tectonic Plate Movement

In this lesson, we explore the causes of plate movement, including thermal convection, ridge push and slab pull. Students will learn how these processes complement each other and form a theory for tectonic plate movement.

Extraction and Processing of Minerals & the Environmental Impacts of Mineral Use

4. 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.

Soil Conservation: Fighting Soil Erosion With Sustainable Soil Use

5. Soil Conservation: Fighting Soil Erosion With Sustainable Soil Use

In this lesson, you will learn about the causes of soil erosion and the impacts it has on plants and other resources. You will also learn about how erosion is prevented through land use and land monitoring.

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