Ch 46: NES: Geography of Land Resources

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Let us help you study the protection of land resources and issues with land conservation for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Middle Grades Social Science exam. This study guide includes engaging video lessons as well as assessment quizzes to test your comprehension.

NES: Geography of Land Resources - Chapter Summary

This chapter uses engaging video lessons and practice quizzes to help you review the geography of land resources for the NES Middle Grades Social Science exam. You'll cover ecological threats, different types of biomes and strategies for managing public land. You'll also find lessons on the following topics:

  • Characteristics of different vegetation regions
  • Biome regions
  • Private and federal land use and ownership
  • Sustainable forestry and forest management
  • Causes and effects of deforestation
  • Use, degradation and conservation of rangelands
  • Management and issues with U.S. national parks
  • Wilderness preservation
  • Public land use

Our instructors have compiled this series of brief video lessons to help you catch up on key topics in a short period of time. Each video lasts about five minutes and explains concepts in a way that is easy to understand and remember. Test how much you know and see what areas you need to work on with lesson quizzes and the chapter exam.

NES: Geography of Land Resources Chapter Objectives

These chapter resources prepare you for questions about land preservation and threats to land resources on the NES Middle Grades Social Science exam. These types of questions are included in the Geography and Culture content domain, which makes up about 19% of the total test score.

Passing this NES exam is a certification requirement for middle school social science teachers in certain states. The exam as a whole consists of 150 multiple-choice questions on history, geography and culture, government and economics. You'll have three hours to complete the test questions, which are delivered electronically.

11 Lessons in Chapter 46: NES: Geography of Land Resources
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Vegetation Regions: Distinctions, Wildlife & Weather Patterns

1. Vegetation Regions: Distinctions, Wildlife & Weather Patterns

Have you ever noticed how different places have different types of plants and weather? In this lesson, you'll learn about the five major vegetation regions in the world and what makes each of them unique.

Biomes: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, Savanna, Coral Reefs & More

2. Biomes: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, Savanna, Coral Reefs & More

Take a trip around the world and learn all about different biomes. Why can you only find certain plants and animals in specific places? What are the most fertile climates on Earth? Watch on to answer these and other questions.

Biomes: Tundra, Taiga, Temperate Grassland, and Coastlines

3. Biomes: Tundra, Taiga, Temperate Grassland, and Coastlines

Take a trip with us in this lesson, starting in the Pacific Ocean, traveling across California through the Central Valley and up to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We'll learn how oceans, elevation, and people can determine which types of biomes are found in different areas and check out the Earth's most massive and oldest organisms.

Land Ownership & Use in the US: Private vs. Federal

4. Land Ownership & Use in the US: Private vs. Federal

Land in the United States can be owned by the federal government or by private citizens. Learn more about federally-owned land and privately-owned land and how each type of land is used.

What Is Sustainable Forest Management? - Definition and Examples

5. What Is Sustainable Forest Management? - Definition and Examples

Sustainable forest management ensures that forest resources are preserved to meet the needs of future generations. Learn about sustainable forest management and see examples of how it is put into practice.

Deforestation: Definition, Causes & Consequences

6. Deforestation: Definition, Causes & Consequences

Deforestation is the clearing of trees without the intent of replacing them or reestablishing a stand of trees. Learn reasons for deforestation and discover the consequences of this process in all forests, including tropical forests.

Rangelands: Uses and Degradation

7. Rangelands: Uses and Degradation

Rangeland covers much of the land area of the world. The lack of rainfall in these areas makes it useful land for grazing livestock and provides environmental benefits. Learn about the uses of rangeland and the potential for rangeland degradation.

Protecting Private Rangelands: Conservation Easements

8. Protecting Private Rangelands: Conservation Easements

Rangelands have many uses, such as acting as grazing land for livestock and recreational land for communities. Private rangeland owners can voluntarily enter into a legally binding conservation easement to limit the development of their land and preserve it for future generations.

National Parks in the US: Governing Agencies and Areas of Concern

9. National Parks in the US: Governing Agencies and Areas of Concern

The U.S. national parks are governed by the National Park Service, which is an agency within the Department of the Interior. Learn about the national parks of America and the current issues they face.

What Is Wilderness? - Definition, Problems & Preservation

10. What Is Wilderness? - Definition, Problems & Preservation

The wilderness is the last untamed land found on earth. It remains undeveloped by man and serves as a refuge for wildlife. Learn about the wilderness, the law enacted to preserve it and the problems that wilderness areas face.

Managing Federal Public Lands: Wise-Use vs. Environmental Movements

11. Managing Federal Public Lands: Wise-Use vs. Environmental Movements

Federal public lands are owned and administrated by the nation's government. Learn about the Environmental and Wise Use Movements and how their views differ on the management of federal public lands.

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