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Ch 3: Overview of Human-Environmental Interaction

About This Chapter

This chapter gives an overview of how humans interact with the environment. You will be prepared to answer exam questions on topics such as natural resources, environmental sustainability, and types of land use.

Overview of Human-Environmental Interaction - Chapter Summary

You'll begin this chapter on human-environmental interaction by reviewing the types of natural resources that humans use. The lessons go on to examine environmental sustainability and the human behavior that threatens it. You'll also explore various types of land uses, such as recreational, agricultural, and residential, as well the use of land conservation in preserving ecosystems. By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Define natural resources and provide examples
  • Explain how the concept of environmental sustainability can be applied
  • Describe human behaviors that create issues with sustainability
  • List types of land use
  • Detail efforts to restore damaged ecosystems
  • Relate the theory of environmental determinism and give examples

Each lesson in this chapter is presented in a fun and engaging video format. By clicking on the timeline below the video, you can directly jump to the topic you need wish to review. You also have access to printable transcripts and worksheets for offline study.

6 Lessons in Chapter 3: Overview of Human-Environmental Interaction
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types

1. What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types

Natural resources are materials provided by the Earth that humans can use to make more complex (human-made) products. In this lesson, you will learn some examples of natural resources and how to classify them.

Environmental Sustainability: Definition and Application

2. 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

3. 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.

Types of Land Uses: Recreational, Transport, Agricultural, Residential & Commercial

4. Types of Land Uses: Recreational, Transport, Agricultural, Residential & Commercial

Humans use land for lots of different things. Today you'll learn about the types of land use, why it's important, and how that relates to zoning. You can finish by completing a quiz on the topic.

Land Conservation: Preserving and Restoring Ecosystems

5. Land Conservation: Preserving and Restoring Ecosystems

Humans have degraded a large portion of natural land. The field of land conservation has become popular as a way to fix this problem. Land conservation attempts to combat land degradation through preservation, restoration, remediation, and mitigation.

Environmental Determinism: Definition, Examples & Theory

6. Environmental Determinism: Definition, Examples & Theory

In this lesson, we will discuss the theory of environmental determinism and its argument for the effect the environment has on the human behavior and social development. Following this, you'll be able to test your knowledge with a quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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