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Ch 57: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Physical Geography

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Use this chapter to brush up on your knowledge of physical geography as part of your preparation for the corresponding sections of the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam. This comprehensive study guide includes videos, quizzes, and chapter tests.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Physical Geography - Chapter Summary

The Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam includes questions on geography as one of its content areas. Study this chapter as part of your exam preparations. Our lessons on physical geography explore the interactions between geographical features, environmental elements, geological phenomena, and weather and climate.

By completing all the lessons and passing all the quizzes in this chapter, you can attain these learning objectives:

  • Describe the direct and indirect geographical impacts of Ice Age glaciers
  • Explain how natural elements can determine local climates
  • Assess the evidence Alfred Wegener used to construct his continental drift theory
  • Define the components of an ecosystem and characterize various terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
  • Describe how land is considered a resource
  • Discuss the management of renewable and nonrenewable resources

This study guide aligns with major topics covered by the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam, so it can help you prepare effectively. The chapter is designed so that you can move from component to component quickly and easily. The transcripts mirror the lessons, the quizzes link to the videos, and you have ready access to subject-matter specialists. The dashboard keeps everything organized, so that your study plan becomes a neat, well-designed and functional package.

6 Lessons in Chapter 57: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Physical Geography
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The Effect of Ice Age Glaciers: Formation of Pluvial Lakes

1. The Effect of Ice Age Glaciers: Formation of Pluvial Lakes

Ice age glaciers caused erosion and deposition, which resulted in unique features such as horns, cirques, lakes, U-shaped valleys, moraines and drumlins. Indirect effects include pluvial lakes, isostatic depression and a change in sea level.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

2. Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

Climate is influenced by factors like atmosphere, ocean currents, landforms and plate tectonics. This lesson explains how these effects affect our weather patterns, which determine climate.

Alfred Wegener's Theory of Continental Drift

3. Alfred Wegener's Theory of Continental Drift

People used to think that Earth was static, and that it never changed. Gradually, a body of evidence was gathered that made no sense in this model. Alfred Wegener, Geologic Supersleuth, laid the groundwork for a whole new theory for the large-scale changing nature of the earth.

Major Plates of the Lithosphere: Earth's Tectonic Plates

4. Major Plates of the Lithosphere: Earth's Tectonic Plates

The outer shell of the earth, the lithosphere, is broken up into tectonic plates. The seven major plates are the African plate, Antarctic plate, Eurasian plate, Indo-Australian plate, North American plate, Pacific plate and South American plate.

What Is an Ecosystem? - Definition & Explanation

5. 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?

Land & Natural Resources: Scarcity & Allocation

6. Land & Natural Resources: Scarcity & Allocation

This lesson explores the importance of two very unique resources to economic development: land and natural resources. It explains how land can last forever, while some natural resources can run out. That said, both require expert management.

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