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Ch 19: MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): The Hydrosphere

About This Chapter

Our Hydrosphere chapter outlines the distribution, composition and cyclic nature of surface, ground, salt and fresh water. These lessons are designed to provide a comprehensive study guide for the MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) exam.

MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): The Hydrosphere - Chapter Summary

These lessons trace the disposition, movement and composition of water on and beneath the Earth's surface. You will review the following material as you work through the lessons in preparation for the exam:

  • Earth's salt water: oceans and ocean currents
  • Earth's fresh surface water: rivers and streams
  • Distribution and effects of underground water
  • The water/hydrologic cycle
  • Water runoff
  • The Great Lakes

Our multi-faceted approach makes reviewing easy and fun. The videos are presented by highly qualified instructors, and the information is well-written and engaging. You have access to additional assistance whenever you need it, and the dashboard allows you to stay on track as you work your way through the chapter.

MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): The Hydrosphere Objectives

The MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) exam is one of the steps that must be completed in order to gain a teaching certificate or an endorsement to teach science. The lessons in this chapter reflect questions in the Earth/Space Science domain, the section that covers the hydrosphere. This domain makes up 25% of the test.

You have the option to take the MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) exam on paper or via computer. In each case, there are 100 questions overall, and the questions follow a multiple-choice format.

12 Lessons in Chapter 19: MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): The Hydrosphere
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Distribution of Water on Earth

1. 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!

Properties of Ocean Water

2. 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.

Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

3. Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

The ocean waters are always in motion and as they travel around the globe they carry and distribute heat, which affects the global climate. Learn about the ocean circulation patterns and how they impact the climate.

Rivers: Definition & Explanation

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.

How Rivers and Streams Affect the Earth's Surface

5. How Rivers and Streams Affect the Earth's Surface

Rivers and streams are powerful, ever-changing systems that can alter the surface of the Earth. While they share many similar features, they can be vastly different. In this lesson, we will learn how rivers and streams form, transport sediment, and flood.

What is Groundwater? - Definition & Explanation

6. What is Groundwater? - Definition & Explanation

Groundwater accounts for up to 20% of all the fresh water on Earth. This lesson will explain what ground water is and its important aspects. Once you've finished the lesson, test your understanding with a quiz.

Ground and Surface Water: Effects On Landscapes

7. Ground and Surface Water: Effects On Landscapes

In this lesson, you will learn how groundwater and surface water form features on Earth and cause changes in landscapes. You will also learn about the different types of features formed by each type of water.

The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

8. 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 Hydrologic Cycle: Definition, Process & Diagram

9. 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.

How Evaporation & Transpiration Contribute to the Hydrologic Cycle

10. 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

11. 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.

Physical Characteristics of the Great Lakes

12. Physical Characteristics of the Great Lakes

What makes the Great Lakes so great? Learn about the lakes' defining physical features and characteristics, and why they're so important to us. Find out how great you were at picking up this knowledge with a quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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