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Ch 31: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: The Environment & Human Societies

About This Chapter

Become familiar with information about the environment and human societies before taking the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content test. In each of this chapter's lessons, you'll find quizzes that allow you to practice answering relevant questions.

MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: The Environment & Human Societies - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to review the topics related to the environment and human societies prior to sitting for the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content test. Our knowledgeable instructors will focus on the information that will prepare you for this exam. The lessons in this chapter will cover topics like:

  • The definition of natural resources
  • The location, distribution, scarcity and uses of natural resources
  • Humans' environmental impact
  • Adaptation to the environment
  • The industrial and agricultural revolutions
  • Topography
  • Global warming and deforestation
  • The precautionary principle and how it applies to new technology
  • Environmental history in the U.S.
  • The steps for scientifically evaluating environmental problems
  • The scientific method as it relates to environmental concerns

Using this chapter as preparation for the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content test will ensure that you are ready to answer questions about our environment and its relationship to human societies. Follow the engaging video lessons in this chapter to study this topic, and take quizzes to measure how much you've learned.

14 Lessons in Chapter 31: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: The Environment & Human Societies
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types

1. 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.

Land & Natural Resources: Scarcity & Allocation

2. 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.

Location, Distribution & Uses of Natural Resources Worldwide

3. 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.

Human Impacts on the Environment

4. 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.

How Humans Adapted to Their Environments

5. 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.

The Industrial Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

6. The Industrial Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

The Industrial Revolution was marked by the introduction of power-driven machinery and ushered in a time of strong economic development. Learn how advancements made during the Industrial Revolution impacted the environment.

The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

7. The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

The Agricultural Revolution was a time of agricultural development that saw many inventions and advancements in farming techniques. Learn about the Agricultural Revolution and how this period impacted society and the environment.

What Is Topography and How Is Topography Reshaped?

8. What Is Topography and How Is Topography Reshaped?

The topography, or surface of the Earth, is constantly changing shape due to many powerful forces. In this lesson, we will learn about some of the amazing changes that occur on Earth due to the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition.

Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

9. Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

Global warming is a multifaceted, complex issue. It involves both natural and human causes that can increase the amount of greenhouse gases. This lesson looks at some of the facts about global warming and how they could contribute to climate change.

Deforestation: Definition, Causes & Consequences

10. 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.

The Precautionary Principle and New Technologies & Products

11. The Precautionary Principle and New Technologies & Products

In this lesson, you will learn about the precautionary principle and how it applies to new technologies and products. You will also learn about how this principle is applied in different government regulations.

U.S. Environmental History: Movements & Timeline

12. U.S. Environmental History: Movements & Timeline

Have you ever heard of John Muir? Have you ever been to a National Park and wondered why it was preserved for future generations to enjoy? This lesson will discuss the major environmental movements in the United States since the 19th century, including the events that occurred, the people involved and the legislation which developed.

Scientific Evaluation of Environmental Problems: Process and Steps

13. Scientific Evaluation of Environmental Problems: Process and Steps

This lesson will explore how the process of scientific evaluation is used to solve environmental problems. We will also investigate the steps involved in the scientific evaluation of environmental problems and how they all work together to solve an important issue.

The Scientific Method Applied to Environmental Problems: Definition, Steps and Applications

14. The Scientific Method Applied to Environmental Problems: Definition, Steps and Applications

In this lesson we will investigate the steps involved in the scientific method. We will also explore how the scientific method is used to solve environmental problems.

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