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Hydrosphere Properties & Characteristics - Chapter Summary
Our instructors have created engaging lessons that provide in-depth analyses of hydrosphere characteristics and properties. No matter your current level of understanding, the lessons can ensure you fully comprehend lakes, glaciers, rivers, barrier islands and more. Completing this chapter will enable you to:
- Define and discuss the process of the hydrologic cycle
- Exhibit knowledge of the Earth's seas, gulfs and oceans
- Explain the geological role of the groundwater system
- Discuss periods and causes of glaciation
- Describe the results of glacial deposition
- List and discuss the characteristics of shorelines and beaches
- Detail characteristics of estuaries
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1. The Hydrologic Cycle: Definition, Process & Diagram
The hydrologic, or water, cycle describes the storage and movement of all water on Earth. This lesson will cover the different reservoirs where water can be stored and how it moves between them.
2. The Earth's Oceans, Seas & Gulfs
After watching this video, you will be able to explain what oceans, seas and gulfs are and point out some of the most well-known ones on a world map. A short quiz will follow.
3. Lakes: Definition & Facts
Learn about the different types of lakes, from glacier lakes to oxbow lakes, and how they are formed. Explore how lakes are part of every ecosystem and found on every continent.
4. Rivers: Definition & Explanation
Explore rivers and how they develop from small streams to swiftly flowing rapids. Learn about how rivers shape the land around them, creating canyons, flood plains and deltas.
5. Groundwater System: Definition & Geological Role
Surprisingly, most of Earth's liquid freshwater is not where you might think! In this video lesson, you will learn about groundwater, as well as the important roles it plays in sustaining life and shaping Earth.
6. What Are Glaciers? - Definition, Types & Processes
Learn about the two major types of glaciers: continental and alpine glaciers. These glaciers shape the landscape around them and affect our everyday lives, even if the nearest glacier is thousands of miles away.
7. Glaciation: Definition, Periods & Causes
In this lesson, we explore glaciation. Referring to the movement and formation of glaciers, glaciation has played an important role in human history, including allowing for the implementation of one of humanity's most important practices.
8. Glacial Deposition: Definition & Results
As glaciers move and retreat, they push and drop rocks and sediments in a process known as glacial deposition. Learn about this glacial process and the interesting landforms that result from it, including moraines, erratics and drumlins, in this lesson.
9. Characteristics of Shorelines & Beaches
Shorelines and beaches are constantly changing due to forces, such as waves, winds and currents. Learn about characteristics of shorelines, including headlands, bays, beach berms, sand dunes, spits, tombolos, barrier islands and lagoons.
10. Barrier Islands: Formation, Shape & Location
In this lesson, we'll define barrier islands and learn how they form. We'll also look at how these types of islands, unlike other islands, can suddenly change shape or shift location over time. Lastly, we'll cover why these land masses are important to coastal areas.
11. Estuary: Definition, Facts, Characteristics & Examples
Have you ever gone swimming, kayaking, or exploring in a marshy coastal area? If so, you were enjoying the natural beauty of an estuary, a place where rivers meet large bodies of water. These unique ecosystems are important, but also under threat.
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