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Ch 40: NYSTCE Social Studies: Human Impact on the Environment

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Learn about the impact of humans on the environment for the NYSTCE Social Studies exam. These brief and entertaining lessons are full of relevant information and taught by experienced instructors who are here to answer your questions as needed.

NYSTCE Social Studies: Human Impact on the Environment - Chapter Summary

This chapter is relevant to Subarea I - History and Subarea II - Geography, which are collectively 50% of the NYSTCE Social Studies exam. These lessons will refresh your knowledge of how population growth and distribution, technological development, and the use of natural resources have influenced the physical environment throughout history and today. When you are finished with this chapter, you will have studied:

  • History of population growth and distribution
  • Human impacts on the environment and natural resources
  • Size of population
  • Global warming
  • Geographic patterns in the U.S.

Study these lessons on your schedule, and the site will automatically track your progress through the chapter and course. Our videos come with a written transcript that reinforces the information and highlights key vocabulary words. The lesson quizzes and chapter exam can help you retain the information you need for the test.

9 Lessons in Chapter 40: NYSTCE Social Studies: Human Impact on the Environment
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The History of Human Population Growth and Carrying Capacity

1. The History of Human Population Growth and Carrying Capacity

Most of us are used to the current size of the human population but it was not always this large. In this lesson, we will explore the history of human population growth and the future of its growth.

Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas

2. Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas

The distribution of people varies depending in the type of location. In this lesson, we will explore how people are distributed between rural and urban areas and how these populations have changed over time.

Population Distribution Factors: Job Availability, Quality of Life & Ethnicity

3. Population Distribution Factors: Job Availability, Quality of Life & Ethnicity

This lesson will discuss population distribution and the factors that affect it. It will specifically highlight quality of life, job availability, and ethnicity, while also defining the terms 'sparse' and 'dense.'

Human Impacts on the Environment

4. Human Impacts on the Environment

The human population continues to grow, but the size of Earth and the resources available for our use are limited. Humans greatly impact the world around them, and our actions can and often do have dramatic and long-lasting consequences.

Deforestation, Desertification & Declining Biological Diversity

5. 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.

Land & Natural Resources: Scarcity & Allocation

6. 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.

Population Size: Impacts on Resource Consumption

7. Population Size: Impacts on Resource Consumption

What are the things you need to survive? Humans all need resources, and in this lesson, we will discuss how the growth of the human population is influencing the natural resources we rely on.

Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

8. Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

Global warming is a multifaceted, complex issue. It involves both natural and human causes that can increase the amount of greenhouse gases. This lesson looks at some of the facts about global warming and how they could contribute to climate change.

Factors Influencing Geographic Patterns in the United States

9. Factors Influencing Geographic Patterns in the United States

After watching this video, you will be able to explain how colonization, westward expansion, immigration, transport, and communication have influenced geographic patterns in the U.S. historically. A short quiz will follow.

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