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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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