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Ch 12: Physical Features of the Earth & the Environment

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It's easy to study the physical feature of the earth and the environment with this informative chapter. Prepare for a test or refresh your knowledge using these mobile-friendly lessons and quizzes.

Physical Features of the Earth & the Environment - Chapter Summary

This chapter contains short lessons on the physical features of the earth and the environment. The lessons clearly outline topics such as landforms, ecosystems and climates, including their patterns and characteristics. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Detail the earth's seas, gulfs and oceans
  • Outline different types of boundaries, such as physical and cultural
  • Discuss climate classifications and their global distribution
  • Identify internal and external forces that shape the earth's surface
  • Explain the distribution, uses and location of natural resources worldwide
  • Describe the ways humans impact the environment
  • Detail how humans have adapted to their environments
  • Relate how technology impacts society and the environment

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9 Lessons in Chapter 12: Physical Features of the Earth & the Environment
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Landforms, Climates & Ecosystems of the Earth: Patterns & Characteristics

1. Landforms, Climates & Ecosystems of the Earth: Patterns & Characteristics

Landforms, climates, and ecosystems of the Earth all interact with one another and back onto the climate in different ways. In this lesson we explore the characteristics and patterns of these features and the processes involved in their formation.

The Earth's Oceans, Seas & Gulfs

2. The Earth's Oceans, Seas & Gulfs

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what oceans, seas and gulfs are and point out some of the most well-known ones on a world map. A short quiz will follow.

Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural

3. Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural

This lesson will seek to explain physical, political, and cultural boundaries. In doing so, it will identify differences in socio-economics, language, and religion as foundations for boundaries.

Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

4. Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

Earth has many climates, but we can categorize them based on common characteristics. In this video lesson you will identify the 5 major climate classifications on Earth, as well as where on Earth these climates are found.

The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface

5. The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface

There are many geologic processes that shape the surface of the Earth. Not only do they build and destroy a variety of landscapes, but they also give us clues to the interior of the Earth and the forces that exist there.

Location, Distribution & Uses of Natural Resources Worldwide

6. Location, Distribution & Uses of Natural Resources Worldwide

In this lesson, learn about natural resources as well as the location and distribution of some of them. Examine some of the uses humans have for natural resources. Explore their influence on human populations and some consequences of their use.

Human Impacts on the Environment

7. 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.

How Humans Adapted to Their Environments

8. How Humans Adapted to Their Environments

In this lesson, you will explore the impact of early humans on their environments and discover how these first communities survived. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

How Technology Impacts Society & the Environment

9. How Technology Impacts Society & the Environment

What is technology? And how has it changed society over the last couple of centuries? Discover how different our lives would be without technology, but also how the benefits come with harms to our environment.

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