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Ch 30: Natural Resources & Hazards

About This Chapter

This chapter is a comprehensive overview of natural resources and hazards you can use to study for and exceed all expectations on a test. Get reacquainted with the basics of solar energy, natural disasters and much more by exploring our fun lessons, quizzes and final exam.

Natural Resources & Hazards - Chapter Summary

Engaging lessons in this chapter ensure you have a quality understanding of a variety of topics related to natural resources and hazards, including nuclear fuels, Earth's materials, oil and natural reserves, and environmental sustainability. Study these and other topics with help from top instructors. In no time, you will be able to do the following:

  • Differentiate between renewable and non-renewable resources
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels
  • Share pros and cons of solar energy and biomass for renewable energy
  • Provide a description of the extraction and processing of minerals and the environmental impacts of mineral use
  • Exhibit knowledge of environmental aspects of metal extraction
  • List and describe human behaviors that threaten environmental sustainability
  • Identify and discuss environmental influences on human settlements and activities

Don't let a busy schedule impact your ability to study this chapter. Around-the-clock lesson access ensures you're able to refresh your knowledge of natural resources and hazards anytime your schedule permits. If you're away from a computer and find you have time to study, simply hop on your smartphone or tablet to explore the lessons. When ready, assess your comprehension of this chapter by taking lesson quizzes and an exam.

13 Lessons in Chapter 30: Natural Resources & Hazards
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

1. Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

We use a variety of Earth's resources, but not all of them will be around forever. This lesson explains the difference between resources that can be regenerated for our use and those that are gone after they are used once.

What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

2. What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

Fossil fuels are sources of energy that have developed within the earth over millions of years. Because fossil fuels - oil, natural gas, and coal - take so long to form, they are considered nonrenewable. Learn more about these fuels, including the pros and cons of using them.

Nuclear Fuels: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

3. Nuclear Fuels: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Nuclear fuel is what is used in nuclear reactors to generate electricity. In this lesson, we will explore more on what nuclear fuel is, characteristics of it and investigate examples of different nuclear fuels.

What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Pros & Cons

4. What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Pros & Cons

Learn about solar energy and how charged particles from the sun travel to Earth to provide heat and light. Explore solar energy as a direct and indirect energy source and examine the pros and cons of harvesting solar energy for other uses.

Biomass for Renewable Energy: Pros and Cons

5. Biomass for Renewable Energy: Pros and Cons

Biomass is organic material that can be used to generate heat, electricity, and even fuel. In this lesson, you will learn about the advantages of this abundant and renewable energy source as well as the disadvantages.

Earth's Materials: Minerals, Rocks, Soil & Water

6. Earth's Materials: Minerals, Rocks, Soil & Water

Although the earth is a very complex system, there are only four main components of Earth that are the building blocks of life. These components are referred to as Earth's materials and include minerals, rocks, soil and water.

Extraction and Processing of Minerals & the Environmental Impacts of Mineral Use

7. Extraction and Processing of Minerals & the Environmental Impacts of Mineral Use

In this lesson, you will learn about the different methods used to extract minerals from the ground and gain an understanding about how different types of mining affect the environment.

Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use

8. Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use

Oil and natural gas reserves are found underground and must be extracted using a drilling method. In this lesson you will learn about the many uses of oil and natural gas, the availability of these valuable resources and how they are extracted.

Environmental Aspects of Metal Extraction

9. Environmental Aspects of Metal Extraction

Whether you realize it or not, metal is an important part of your life. This lesson will examine the pros and cons of recycling metal vs. extracting it and then will look at the pros and cons of two types of metal extraction techniques.

Environmental Sustainability: Definition and Application

10. Environmental Sustainability: Definition and Application

Environmental sustainability allows for the needs of man to be met without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Learn applications of environmental sustainability, including sustainable agriculture, forestry and energy.

Human Behaviors that Threaten Environmental Sustainability

11. Human Behaviors that Threaten Environmental Sustainability

The environment has a remarkable ability to sustain itself. However, human behaviors disrupt the natural environment and threaten environmental sustainability. Learn how population growth, depletion of resources, and pollution threaten nature.

What are Natural Disasters? - Definition & Types

12. What are Natural Disasters? - Definition & Types

Watch this video to learn about the various kinds of natural disasters that can occur in the world. Each can be quite powerful and cause severe damage to the environment and the people who live there.

Environmental Influences on Human Settlements & Activities

13. Environmental Influences on Human Settlements & Activities

After watching this video, you will be able to explain the environmental reasons why humans settled where they did, both historically and more recently. A short quiz will follow.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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