Ch 19: Natural Resources & Environmental Impact

About This Chapter

Watching the entertaining video lessons in this self-paced chapter can help you build a quality understanding of natural resources and the relationship between humans and the environment. If you're studying for an exam, use mini quizzes to test and confirm your comprehension of these concepts.

Natural Resources & Environmental Impact - Chapter Summary

No matter your current knowledge of natural resources and human environmental impact, this chapter's engaging video lessons can help strengthen your grasp. Discover or get reacquainted with the basics of pollution, the carbon cycle, fossil fuels and more. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Define and list types of natural resources
  • Discuss the scarcity and allocation of land and natural resources
  • Offer details about the carbon cycle and long-term carbon storage
  • Exhibit knowledge of ecological conservation and the impact of humans on the environment
  • Differentiate between physical, chemical and biological pollution
  • Explain how invasive and introduced species alter ecological balance
  • Share facts about fossil fuels, greenhouse gases and global warming

As you navigate the lessons in this chapter, watch them as short videos that average 8 minutes each or enjoy the verbatim transcripts. If you'd like to find out how well you understand main lesson concepts, don't hesitate to take accompanying multiple-choice quizzes. Reach out to our subject-matter experts with any questions you have about specific topics presented in this chapter. Around-the-clock mobile access lets you study anytime via your preferred smartphone or tablet!

7 Lessons in Chapter 19: Natural Resources & Environmental Impact
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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.

The Carbon Cycle and Long-Term Carbon Storage

3. The Carbon Cycle and Long-Term Carbon Storage

All living organisms have a role in the carbon cycle. Do you know you understand how humans, animals and plants use carbon? This lesson will introduce you to the carbon cycle and explain how it functions on a global scale.

Human Environmental Impact & Ecological Conservation

4. Human Environmental Impact & Ecological Conservation

The Earth has only so much space for us and our non-human neighbors. In this lesson, we will learn about how humans impact the environment, what causes habitat fragmentation, and what ecological conservation can do to help.

Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

5. 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.

Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, and Global Warming

6. Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, and Global Warming

In this video lesson, you'll learn what roles fossil fuels and greenhouse gases play in global warming, as well as what life on Earth can expect due to rising carbon dioxide levels within Earth's atmosphere.

How Introduced and Invasive Species Alter Ecological Balance

7. How Introduced and Invasive Species Alter Ecological Balance

What happens to your block when a new neighbor moves in? Something changes, right? Now think about that on an ecological scale: what happens to an environment when a new SPECIES moves in?

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