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- The differences between renewable and non-renewable energy resources
- The properties of water
- The definition and types of air pollution
- The nitrogen and carbon cycles of matter
- Desertification as a result of human activities
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1. Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences
Resources which are naturally replenished by the environment are known as renewable resources, whereas those which replenish too slowly for use, or not at all, are considered non-renewable. Explore the implications and differences of these two types of natural resources.
2. Desertification Caused by Human Activity
Desertification happens due to the reckless inhabitation of humans and their harmful activities to the environment. Learn about certification, human influence on desertification, and how to combat desertification.
3. Extraction and Processing of Minerals & the Environmental Impacts of Mineral Use
There are a variety of ways that minerals can be mined from the Earth, including surface mining, strip mining, and subsurface mining. Learn more about how mineral are extracted and what harmful environmental effects can occur from such processes.
4. What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types
Air pollution is a mixture of harmful particles and gases in the atmosphere. Learn the definition of air pollution, discover its sources, and explore the different types of air pollutants that exist.
5. Cycles of Matter: The Nitrogen Cycle and the Carbon Cycle
Matter cycles between the living and nonliving parts of the environment. Learn about cycles of matter, and explore the nitrogen and carbon cycles. Understand photosynthesis, respiration, combustion, nitrogen fixation and assimilation.
6. What Are the Properties of Water? - Unique Properties that Support Life on Earth
Water is a fundamental covalent compound that exhibits several unique properties that are necessary for life-sustaining functions in many organisms. Learn the chemical formula and unique properties of water to support life on Earth.
7. The Distribution of Water on Earth
Water covers a good amount of the surface of the Earth, and allows for the existence of life on our planet. It moves and changes forms through the water cycle, affecting weather, geographical features, temperatures, and water supplies. Investigate how water is distributed on Earth, in forms such as soil moisture and surface water.
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Other chapters within the Glencoe Earth Science: Online Textbook Help course
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 1: The Nature of Science
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 3: Matter and Change
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 4: Minerals
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 5: Igneous Rocks
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 6: Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 7: Weathering, Erosion, and Soil
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 8: Mass Movements, Wind, and Glaciers
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 9: Surface Water
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 10: Groundwater
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 11: Atmosphere
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 12: Meteorology
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 13: The Nature of Storms
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 14: Climate
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 15: Earth's Oceans
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 16: The Marine Environment
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 17: Plate Tectonics
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 18: Volcanism
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 19: Earthquakes
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 20: Mountain Building
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 21: Fossils and the Rock Record
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 22: The Precambrian Earth
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 25: Energy Resources
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 26: Human Impact on Resources
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 27: The Sun-Earth-Moon System
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 28: Our Solar System
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 29: Stars
- Glencoe Earth Science Chapter 30: Galaxies and the Universe