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Students will learn:
- Impact of the Agricultural Revolution on the environment
- Environmental impacts of the Industrial Revolution
- Consequences of urban land development and suburban sprawl
- Differences between renewable and non-renewable resources
- Biodiversity's relationship to ecosystem stability
- Alteration of ecological balance due to introduced and invasive species
- Connection between pollution and habitat destruction and endangerment and extinction
- Restoring ecosystems
- Atmospheric causes of global warming
- Fossil fuels and greenhouse gases effects on the planet
- Harmful effects of ozone layer thinning
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1. The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment
The Agricultural Revolution was a time of agricultural development that saw many inventions and advancements in farming techniques. Learn about the Agricultural Revolution and how this period impacted society and the environment.
2. The Industrial Revolution: Impacts on the Environment
The Industrial Revolution was marked by the introduction of power-driven machinery and ushered in a time of strong economic development. Learn how advancements made during the Industrial Revolution impacted the environment.
3. Urban Land Development and Suburban Sprawl: Environmental Consequences
In the past, most people lived in rural areas. There has been a shift in recent years towards urban and suburban living. Not only has this shift changed where more people reside, it has also had many environmental consequences.
4. 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.
5. What is Biodiversity? - Definition and Relation to Ecosystem Stability
Imagine making a list of all of the species you have ever heard of; it would be an enormous list! There are many different species on this planet. This lesson will explore the diversity of species, as well as the different types of diversity and how diversity of life is essential for maintaining healthy ecosystems.
6. How Introduced and Invasive Species Alter Ecological Balance
What happens to your block when a new neighbor moves in? Something changes, right? Now think about that on an ecological scale: what happens to an environment when a new SPECIES moves in?
7. Pollution and Habitat Destruction: The Human Factors Contributing To Endangerment & Extinction
In this lesson you will learn about two ways humans contribute to species extinction. We break up habitats by building roads and clearing land, and we pollute both land and water. You will also learn about the specific terms used to describe the processes, habitat fragmentation and anthropogenic pollution.
8. Land Conservation: Preserving and Restoring Ecosystems
Humans have degraded a large portion of natural land. The field of land conservation has become popular as a way to fix this problem. Land conservation attempts to combat land degradation through preservation, restoration, remediation, and mitigation.
9. Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate
Global warming is a multifaceted, complex issue. It involves both natural and human causes that can increase the amount of greenhouse gases. This lesson looks at some of the facts about global warming and how they could contribute to climate change.
10. 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.
11. The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning
In this lesson, you will learn the importance of the ozone layer and how it is depleted. You will also study the research and policy that has been instrumental in its recovery.
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Other chapters within the Prentice Hall Biology: Online Textbook Help course
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 1: The Science of Biology
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 2: The Chemistry of Life
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 3: The Biosphere
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 4: Ecosystems and Communities
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 5: Populations
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 7: Cell Structure and Function
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 8: Photosynthesis
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 9: Cellular Respiration
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 10: Cell Growth and Division
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 11: Introduction to Genetics
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 12: DNA and RNA
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 13: Genetic Engineering
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 14: The Human Genome
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 15: Darwin's Theory of Evolution
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 16: Evolution of Populations
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 17: The History of Life
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 18: Classification
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 19: Bacteria and Viruses
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 20: Protists
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 21: Fungi
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 22: Plant Diversity
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 23: Roots, Stems, and Leaves
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 24: Reproduction of Seed Plants
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 25: Plant Responses and Adaptations
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 26: Sponges and Cnidarians
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 27: Worms and Mollusks
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 28: Arthropods and Echinoderms
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 29: Comparing Invertebrates
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 30: Nonvertebrate Chordates, Fishes, and Amphibians
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 31: Reptiles and Birds
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 32: Mammals
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 33: Comparing Chordates
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 34: Animal Behavior
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 35: Nervous System
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 36: Skeletal, Muscular, and Integumentary Systems
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 37: Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 38: Digestive and Excretory Systems
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 39: Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
- Prentice Hall Biology Chapter 40: The Immune System and Disease