Ch 49: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Human Impact on the Environment

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This chapter focuses on the impact of human beings on Earth's environment. Watch the chapter's tutorial video lessons and take the quizzes to help ensure your preparedness for relevant questions on the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) examination.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Human Impact on the Environment - Chapter Summary

Discover more about the ways in which humans impact the environment when you delve into this chapter's online video lessons. You'll re-examine the implications of various kinds of pollution for the environment while expanding your comprehension of the enhanced greenhouse effect. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be ready for any MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) test questions on the following:

  • The IPAT equation
  • The definition for industrial ecology
  • The processes of deforestation and desertification
  • The Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions
  • Industrial development of emerging countries
  • Causes of chemical, biological and physical pollution
  • How humans cause eutrophication
  • The major greenhouse gases
  • The enhanced greenhouse effect

Filled with graphics and handy features, the animated video lessons are presented by experienced social studies experts. Get the most out of the lessons by using the navigational video tags, clicking on links to key terms, submitting your questions for assistance, and consulting the text transcripts. Study online anywhere as long as you have a mobile device.

9 Lessons in Chapter 49: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Human Impact on the Environment
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What Is IPAT? - Factors of the Human Impact on the Environment

1. What Is IPAT? - Factors of the Human Impact on the Environment

What do the letters IPAT have to do with the environment? Learn how this four-letter equation helps explain the environmental impact of different variables, including population, affluence, and technology.

Deforestation, Desertification & Declining Biological Diversity

2. Deforestation, Desertification & Declining Biological Diversity

When trees are lost due to deforestation, the result can be a drier climate and desertification or the transformation of the once fertile land to desert. Learn how deforestation and desertification can lead to a decline in biological diversity.

The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

3. 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.

The Industrial Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

4. 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.

Industrial Development of Emerging Nations and the Environment

5. Industrial Development of Emerging Nations and the Environment

Industrial development has brought economic prosperity to a number of less developed countries. Learn about the environmental challenges and risks associated with these newly emerging national economies.

What Is Industrial Ecology? - Definition and Examples

6. What Is Industrial Ecology? - Definition and Examples

Industrial ecology is a young science that studies industrial systems with the goal of finding ways to lessen their environmental impact. Learn how industries are using industrial ecology to reduce the use of natural resources and generate less waste.

Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

7. Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

Pollution is the presence of unwanted substances in an environment. It is often the result of human interference. Learn about physical, chemical and biological pollutants and see examples of each.

Human Causes of Eutrophication

8. Human Causes of Eutrophication

Eutrophication occurs when a body of water becomes overly enriched with nutrients. While this can happen naturally, accelerated eutrophication is typically the result of human activities. Learn about the human causes of eutrophication.

Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

9. Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

In this video lesson, you will learn about the five main greenhouse gases and how their unnaturally high concentrations are leading to the enhanced greenhouse effect and global climate change on Earth.

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