Ch 46: NMTA: Geography of Land Resources

About This Chapter

Before taking the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science examination, expand your knowledge of the geography of areas that include deserts, rain forests and national parks. This chapter's video lessons cover these topics, and they include short quizzes.

NMTA: Geography of Land Resources - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's online lessons to review the use, conservation and management of various geographical areas, including rangelands, public lands and wilderness areas. The videos look at the plant life that is found in different vegetation regions as well as the animals that make their homes in African savanna grasslands. Watch the video lessons so that you can answer test questions that ask you to:

  • Describe the characteristics of biomes such as coral reefs, tropical rainforests, deserts, temperate grasslands, tundras and coastlines
  • Explain aspects of federal vs. private land ownership
  • Study sustainable forest management concepts
  • Discuss the consequences of deforestation
  • Learn about uses for rangelands as well as the protection of private rangelands
  • Identify areas of concern within U.S. national parks and federal wilderness areas
  • Explore the details of federal public land management

As you prepare to pass the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science examination, get information about these and other geographical topics through this chapter's tutorial videos. With video tags for pausing and moving among topics, the engaging lessons are easy to follow. Ask questions of the expert instructors and take the brief self-assessment quizzes.

NMTA: Geography of Land Resources Chapter Objectives

Your analysis and understanding of the world's geographical areas can be put to use when you reach the Geography and Culture domain of the four-domain NMTA Middle Grades Social Science examination. Amounting to 19% of the entire test score, the domain may require you to demonstrate your knowledge of this chapter's topics. It also determines your qualifications to teach the material and to receive a social science teaching certification. You may take up to three hours to answer the computer-based examination's 150 multiple-choice questions.

11 Lessons in Chapter 46: NMTA: 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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