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How it works:
- Identify the lessons in the Glencoe Earth Science Earth Resources chapter with which you need help.
- Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
- Watch fun videos that cover the Earth resources topics you need to learn or review.
- Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
- If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.
Students will learn about:
- 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
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.
2. Desertification Caused by Human Activity
The earth is constantly changing, and one very dramatic and important change is from fertile land to deserts. This process of desertification can occur naturally, but is often caused or accelerated by human actions. Humans can accelerate this process by overgrazing, poor irrigation techniques, diverting rivers, and deforestation. This large issue is a global problem that must be combated.
3. 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.
4. What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types
In this video lesson, you will learn about the sources and types of air pollution. You will be able to identify the six classes of air pollutants identified by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act of 1970.
5. Cycles of Matter: The Nitrogen Cycle and the Carbon Cycle
Matter is constantly cycled between living and nonliving parts of the environment. Processes like photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation allow the carbon and nitrogen cycles to regenerate needed substances by recycling Earth's atoms.
6. What Are the Properties of Water? - Unique Properties that Support Life on Earth
In this video lesson you will learn about water and its unique properties. You will also develop an understanding of how these properties make life as we know it possible.
7. The Distribution of Water on Earth
Water covers most of Earth but in a variety of forms. In this video lesson you will learn about how water is distributed on Earth, though you may be surprised to find out just how little of it we can access!
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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