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Human Influences on the Environment - Chapter Summary
What influences human colonization? What are the consequences of a growing human population? How have human advances adversely impacted the environment? This chapter explores these kinds of topics in short, bite-sized video and text lessons.
You will also find lessons that focus on natural resources distribution, allocation and availability. Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to:
- Identify factors that impact how and where humans settle
- Detail facts about immigration, colonization and geographic patterns in the U.S.
- Define and list types of natural resources and explain how they are distributed
- Understand the long-lasting impacts of humans on the environment
- Describe how humans adapt to the environment
- Name the environmental dangers of human technology and scientific advances
Each lesson is taught by experienced instructors, who present the material in easy-to-follow lessons supported by visual images and term definitions. Lessons are accessed from any device 24/7, so your study schedule can be flexible and accomplished anytime, anywhere. Take short self-assessment quizzes to measure your understanding of each lesson and a chapter exam to ensure that you have fully grasped all topics.
1. How Physical Factors Impact Population Distribution & Livelihood
Physical factors have a major impact on how populations choose to distribute themselves. In this lesson, we'll see what factors shape the desire to build a settlement.
2. Factors Influencing Geographic Patterns in the United States
After watching this video, you will be able to explain how colonization, westward expansion, immigration, transport, and communication have influenced geographic patterns in the U.S. historically. A short quiz will follow.
3. What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types
Natural resources are materials provided by the Earth that humans can use to make more complex (human-made) products. In this lesson, you will learn some examples of natural resources and how to classify them.
4. Land & Natural Resources: Scarcity & Allocation
This lesson explores the importance of two very unique resources to economic development: land and natural resources. It explains how land can last forever, while some natural resources can run out. That said, both require expert management.
5. Location, Distribution & Uses of Natural Resources Worldwide
In this lesson, learn about natural resources as well as the location and distribution of some of them. Examine some of the uses humans have for natural resources. Explore their influence on human populations and some consequences of their use.
6. Human Impacts on the Environment
The human population continues to grow, but the size of Earth and the resources available for our use are limited. Humans greatly impact the world around them, and our actions can and often do have dramatic and long-lasting consequences.
7. How Humans Adapted to Their Environments
In this lesson, you will explore the impact of early humans on their environments and discover how these first communities survived. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
8. Environmental Challenges Due to Scientific & Technological Advances
We have invented and use a lot of technology to great effect in our lives. However, each piece of scientific advancement carries a hidden cost, quite often an environmental danger. This lesson explores some of these hidden dangers.
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