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Students will learn:
- The impact of urban land development
- Population density in urban and rural locations
- Second Industrial Revolution urbanization problems
- Deforestation and its consequences
- Uses and protection of rangelands
- Issues concerning national parks and the wilderness
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1. Urban Land Development and Suburban Sprawl: Environmental Consequences
In the past, most people lived in rural areas. There has been a shift in recent years towards urban and suburban living. Not only has this shift changed where more people reside, it has also had many environmental consequences.
2. Urban Population Growth and Compact Development
The population growth rates in urban areas are on the rise, and as more people move to cities, there are many problems that can occur. We will discuss several issues associated with this growth and also a potential method for minimizing the effects.
3. Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas
The distribution of people varies depending in the type of location. In this lesson, we will explore how people are distributed between rural and urban areas and how these populations have changed over time.
4. Urbanization During the Second Industrial Revolution in America: Effects & Problems
After the Civil War, America transformed from a rural nation to an urban nation. Learn where all those people came from and why. Using New York City as an example, you'll see some of the problems of urbanization and the steps they took to improve it.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
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Other chapters within the Holt McDougal Environmental Science: Online Textbook Help course
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 1: Science and the Environment
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 2: Tools of Environmental Science
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 3: The Dynamic Earth
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 4: The Organization of Life
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 5: How Ecosystems Work
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 6: Biomes
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 7: Aquatic Ecosystems
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 8: Understanding Populations
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 9: The Human Population
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 10: Biodiversity
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 11: Water
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 12: Air
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 13: Atmosphere and Climate Change
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 15: Food and Agriculture
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 16: Mining and Mineral Resources
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 17: Nonrenewable Energy
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 18: Renewable Energy
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 19: Waste
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 20: The Environment and Human Health
- Holt McDougal Environmental Science Chapter 21: Economics, Policy and the Future