Ch 81: NMTA Social Science: Impacts of Humans on the Environment

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Read through the materials in this chapter and identify how humans affect their environment as you study for the NMTA Social Science test. You can test your knowledge by taking the lesson quizzes and the cumulative chapter exam.

NMTA Social Science: Impacts of Humans on the Environment - Chapter Summary

In these video lessons, you will establish the positive and negative ways that humans have impacted the environment. Decipher the deeper meaning of these environmental issues as you review for the NMTA Social Science test. By the end of this chapter, you should comprehend more about the following topics:

  • The effects of the Agricultural Revolution
  • How the Industrial Revolution impacted the environment
  • The greenhouse effect
  • Industrial ecology
  • The economics of sustainability

All of our video lessons have been tagged for improved usability, so you can move from one main topic to another with ease. Each of our brief videos contains entertaining visuals and engaging audio voice-overs. Watch and re-watch the videos at your own speed. Peruse the matching transcripts to identify key terms and topics. As you concentrate on doing well on the NMTA Social Science test, consider taking our lesson quizzes or chapter exam for additional study prep.

NMTA Social Science: Impacts of Humans on the Environment Objectives

Secondary educators in the field of social science have to go through a licensure process in order to teach in New Mexico. One of the requirements includes getting a passing score on the NMTA Social Science test. Questions on this test will range across five major categories. Questions about how humans interact with the environment will most likely be found under the geography and culture category. On this multiple-choice test, 19% of your score will be derived from your answers to questions in this single category. Use our study materials to improve your knowledge concerning how the development of human culture has affected physical and social geography.

10 Lessons in Chapter 81: NMTA Social Science: Impacts of Humans 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.

Human Causes of Eutrophication

7. 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

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

Global Mineral Reserves: Sustainability, Economic Implications, and Environmental Effects

10. Global Mineral Reserves: Sustainability, Economic Implications, and Environmental Effects

Minerals are vital components of our everyday lives, but each mineral only exists in a finite amount on Earth. How do we find a balance between supporting economies while also protecting the environment and ensuring the use of minerals for future generations?

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