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Ch 32: Praxis Biology & General Science: Non-Renewable Resources

About This Chapter

Let this chapter teach you about non-renewable resources. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes in this chapter can help you correctly answer questions about science, technology and society on the Praxis II Biology and General Science test.

Non-Renewable Resources - Chapter Summary

Learn to differentiate between renewable and non-renewable resources through this set of video lessons. This chapter is designed to prepare you for the Praxis II Biology and General Science test, which is used as part of the teacher certification process in a number of states. Lessons in this chapter also cover nuclear energy, as well as safety and health concerns related to nuclear power plants and radioactive waste. Additionally, you'll examine advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels. Other topics addressed in our brief videos include the following:

  • Differences in energy consumption between developing and developed nations
  • Environmental impacts of coal mining and technologies used to make cleaner coal
  • Availability, extraction and use of oil and natural gas
  • Hydraulic fracturing and environmental concerns regarding shale gas
  • Fossil fuels, greenhouse gases and global warming
  • Extraction and processing of minerals
  • Environmental impacts of mineral use

Non-Renewable Resources Objectives

To work as a science teacher at a public high school, you might have to pass the Praxis II Biology and General Science test. This 2-hour exam features 120 multiple-choice questions covering eight content categories. Questions about non-renewable resources might be included in the section on science, technology and society, which makes up roughly ten percent of the exam.

The video lessons in this chapter on non-renewable resources are engaging and easy to follow. If you'd rather read the material than watch it, you can utilize the accompanying transcripts. Round out your study of non-renewable resources by taking our self-assessment quizzes, which feature multiple-choice questions similar to those you'll encounter on the Praxis II.

10 Lessons in Chapter 32: Praxis Biology & General Science: Non-Renewable Resources
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

1. 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.

What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

2. What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

Fossil fuels are sources of energy that have developed within the earth over millions of years. Because fossil fuels - oil, natural gas, and coal - take so long to form, they are considered nonrenewable. Learn more about these fuels, including the pros and cons of using them.

Energy Consumption of The World: The Differences in Consumption Between Developing and Developed Nations

3. Energy Consumption of The World: The Differences in Consumption Between Developing and Developed Nations

Energy consumption is greater in developed nations than in developing nations. However, as the economy of a developing nation improves, the global energy consumption increases. Learn more about the differences in energy consumption around the world.

Coal Mining: Environmental Impacts and Technologies Used To Make Cleaner Coal

4. Coal Mining: Environmental Impacts and Technologies Used To Make Cleaner Coal

Coal is an abundant fuel source, but burning coal is problematic for the environment. In this lesson, you will learn about clean coal technologies, such as coal washing, flue gas desulfurization systems, low-NOx burners, gasification, and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use

5. Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use

Oil and natural gas reserves are found underground and must be extracted using a drilling method. In this lesson you will learn about the many uses of oil and natural gas, the availability of these valuable resources and how they are extracted.

Shale Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Concerns

6. Shale Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Concerns

Shale gas is a type of natural gas that is found trapped within sedimentary rock. It is extracted using a procedure called hydraulic fracturing. In this lesson, you will learn about hydraulic fracturing and the environmental concerns raised by use of this extraction technique.

What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples

7. What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples

You've probably heard of nuclear energy. But what is it? And what is the difference between fusion and fission? This lesson will answer your questions about this exciting form of energy that involves atoms and their nuclei.

Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns

8. Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns

Nuclear power can generate electricity without greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are concerns about its safety. Learn about the safety and health concerns associated with the threat of nuclear meltdowns, as well as the challenges involved in storing radioactive waste.

Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, and Global Warming

9. Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, and Global Warming

In this video lesson, you'll learn what roles fossil fuels and greenhouse gases play in global warming, as well as what life on Earth can expect due to rising carbon dioxide levels within Earth's atmosphere.

Extraction and Processing of Minerals & the Environmental Impacts of Mineral Use

10. Extraction and Processing of Minerals & the Environmental Impacts of Mineral Use

In this lesson, you will learn about the different methods used to extract minerals from the ground and gain an understanding about how different types of mining affect the environment.

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