Ch 10: Overview of the Hydrosphere

About This Chapter

If you need to review hydrosphere concepts for an upcoming exam, homework assignment or class project, check out this convenient online chapter. These short lessons and quizzes can be accessed any time that fits your schedule.

Overview of the Hydrosphere - Chapter Summary

This science chapter provides a high-level overview of the hydrosphere. Follow along with our expert instructors to review the water cycle, the biological diversity of water, maritime climates, oceans and much more. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Summarize the processes that occur during the water cycle
  • Assess the biological diversity of salt water and freshwater
  • Differentiate between continental and maritime climates
  • Interpret facts about oceans
  • Describe ocean circulation patterns and their effects on climate
  • Recognize the characteristics of drainage basins

The bite-sized and entertaining nature of these lessons helps you quickly move through the chapter and remember important hydrosphere concepts. You can further your understanding of the information by taking the included lesson quizzes and chapter exam. Finally, you can access these resources any time using your computer or mobile device.

6 Lessons in Chapter 10: Overview of the Hydrosphere
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The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

1. The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

This lesson discusses the processes water takes as it moves around the Earth in the water cycle. You'll get an in-depth look at condensation, precipitation, and evaporation.

Ecosystems of Oceans and Freshwater: Biological Diversity and Water

2. Ecosystems of Oceans and Freshwater: Biological Diversity and Water

In this lesson, you'll learn about the biodiversity of ecosystems based on water. You will discover that marine, freshwater and a mixture of salt and freshwater create very different ecosystems, which in turn influence the amount of biodiversity that is found in these habitats.

Differences Between Maritime & Continental Climates

3. Differences Between Maritime & Continental Climates

The temperature in California is perfect! How did Californians get so lucky? Read about maritime and continental climates to find the answer, then test your understanding with a short quiz.

Oceans: Facts & Information

4. Oceans: Facts & Information

Over fifty percent of the world's population lives near a coastline. The oceans of the world affect our everyday lives, from recreation to resources, to climate. Learn some fun facts about this unique feature of our planet!

Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

5. Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

The ocean waters are always in motion and as they travel around the globe they carry and distribute heat, which affects the global climate. Learn about the ocean circulation patterns and how they impact the climate.

Drainage Basins: Definition & Characteristics

6. Drainage Basins: Definition & Characteristics

Do you know where the water in your area flows? In this lesson, we will explore the system of drainage basins and how they help develop river systems. We will also investigate some extreme examples of drainage basins.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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