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Overview of Humans & the Environment - Chapter Summary
This chapter provides a basic overview of the relationship between human beings and the natural environment. You'll watch a series of short video lessons that examine ecosystems, natural resources, the ways in which humans have impacted the environment and vise versa. When you're finished with the chapter, you'll be able to:
- Define and explain the components of an ecosystem
- Recognize effects that the environment can have on human settlements and activities
- Evaluate the impact that humans have had on the environment
- Differentiate between renewable and non-renewable resources
You can use any computer or mobile device to access this chapter. The lessons come with short self-assessment quizzes that go over important human and environment terms and concepts. You can also work through the chapter at your own pace and submit questions to our instructors.
1. What Is an Ecosystem? - Definition & Explanation
Similar to a car engine that is made up of multiple parts working together, an ecosystem has interacting parts that support a whole. But how do we define an ecosystem and what are the components they consist of?
2. Environmental Influences on Human Settlements & Activities
After watching this video, you will be able to explain the environmental reasons why humans settled where they did, both historically and more recently. A short quiz will follow.
3. 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.
4. Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences
We use a variety of Earth's resources, but not all of them will be around forever. This lesson explains the difference between resources that can be regenerated for our use and those that are gone after they are used once.
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