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Ch 79: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Earth's Hydrosphere

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Allow this chapter to get you ready for the MTEL Middle School Math/Science examination. The online text and video lessons examine the four spheres of the Earth, including its hydrosphere, and they include quizzes that will assess your knowledge.

MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Earth's Hydrosphere - Chapter Summary

This chapter was designed for education professionals who want to study the Earth's hydrosphere in preparation for taking the MTEL Middle School Math/Science examination for teacher certification. In addition to learning about the characteristics of Earth's spheres, take the opportunity to explore the chemical properties and salinity of ocean water and discover where groundwater fits into the water cycle. As you reach the end of this chapter, you should be well-prepared for any exam questions on the following:

  • The properties of water and the density of ice
  • Processes that water undergoes on and beneath Earth's surface
  • Common features of Earth's spheres
  • The amount of water Earth contains, and explore its distribution
  • Temperature and contents of ocean water
  • The role of groundwater systems
  • Purposes of evaporation and transpiration with relation to the water cycle
  • The processes of water runoff and infiltration

This chapter includes text and video lessons that you can look to as you get set for pertinent questions on the MTEL Middle School Math/Science examination. The educator-developed text and video lessons are similar in that they include additional course information along with self-assessment quizzes. Study at your convenience, 24/7, as long as you have an Internet-connected device. Print out the test results for future study, and submit your questions in order to receive personalized assistance.

9 Lessons in Chapter 79: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Earth's Hydrosphere
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Properties of Water

1. Properties of Water

Why does ice float? Why can water rise on its own against gravity in a small tube? Find out how these mysterious properties of water can be explained by hydrogen bonds.

The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

2. The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

This lesson discusses the processes water takes as it moves around the Earth in the water cycle. You'll get an in-depth look at condensation, precipitation, and evaporation.

The Four Spheres of Earth: Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Atmosphere

3. The Four Spheres of Earth: Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Atmosphere

Earth is made up of four distinct yet connect spheres. In this video lesson, you will learn about where each sphere is found on Earth, as well as some features commonly found in each.

What is the Hydrosphere? - Definition & Examples

4. What is the Hydrosphere? - Definition & Examples

Have you ever wondered how much water is on Earth? In this lesson, we will trace how water travels around Earth. You will learn the definition of a hydrosphere and take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Properties of Ocean Water

5. Properties of Ocean Water

Ocean waters are salty and contain minerals and dissolved gases. They also have a high heat capacity and vary in density depending on temperature and salinity. Learn more about the unique chemical and physical properties of ocean water.

Groundwater System: Definition & Geological Role

6. 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.

The Distribution of Water on Earth

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!

How Evaporation & Transpiration Contribute to the Hydrologic Cycle

8. How Evaporation & Transpiration Contribute to the Hydrologic Cycle

Evaporation and transpiration are important components of the water cycle, and while they are the same process they arise from different sources. In this video lesson you will learn about these two parts of the cycle and how they contribute to the overall movement of water on Earth.

Runoff & Infiltration: Definition & Process

9. Runoff & Infiltration: Definition & Process

When water falls to the ground as precipitation, it can either fill the spaces in the soil below ground or run across the surface. In this video lesson, you will learn about the processes of infiltration and runoff, and how they are an important part of the water cycle on Earth.

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