Ch 5: Rocks, Minerals & Geologic Energy Resources

About This Chapter

Use this interesting chapter on minerals, rocks and geologic energy resources to review these topics at your convenience before a taking an important test. Designed by professional instructors, the video lessons and quizzes will boost your confidence on test day.

Rocks, Minerals & Geologic Energy Resources - Chapter Summary

With this collection of video lessons, you'll review topics related to minerals, geologic energy resources and rocks. These include the rock cycle, fossil fuels and geothermal energy, among others. When you complete this chapter, you should be able to achieve the following goals:

  • Discuss the types and properties of minerals
  • Outline the three major rock groups
  • Detail the rock cycle for different types of rocks
  • Highlight the process associated with the carbon cycle
  • Recognize the role of the lithosphere in the cycling of carbon
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels and geothermal energy
  • Provide examples of nuclear energy

Our learning materials are accessible to you 24 hours a day on any mobile device or computer so you can review whenever you need to. You can watch a video in its entirety or use the video tabs feature to navigate to a specific section that you'd like to see. If you want to study offline, our printable lesson transcripts make great study guides.

8 Lessons in Chapter 5: Rocks, Minerals & Geologic Energy Resources
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What Are Minerals? - Types, Properties & Examples

1. What Are Minerals? - Types, Properties & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about minerals and their properties. You will also understand the importance and everyday use of different types of minerals found on Earth.

Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups

2. Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups

Did you know that lava is molten rock that reaches the earth's surface? Furthermore, did you know that rocks exist in three general forms: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic? This lesson describes these rock types and examples of each.

Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

3. Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

In this lesson, we will discuss the three main types of rocks and how they are formed. The lesson also gives an introduction into how matter locked in rocks can be cycled through the earth.

What Is the Carbon Cycle? - Diagram, Process & Definition

4. What Is the Carbon Cycle? - Diagram, Process & Definition

The carbon cycle is the process by which carbon moves from the atmosphere into the Earth and its organisms and then back again. Gain a deeper understanding of how the carbon cycle works in this lesson.

The Role of the Lithosphere in the Cycling of Carbon

5. The Role of the Lithosphere in the Cycling of Carbon

In this lesson we'll be learning what the lithosphere is and its role in the carbon cycle for cycling both inorganic and organic carbon. We'll also examine how climate change is altering the lithosphere.

What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

6. 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.

Geothermal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

7. Geothermal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

Geothermal energy is heat energy that is stored within the earth. Learn the methods being used to tap into this thermal energy to heat buildings and generate electricity as well as the advantages and disadvantages of this renewable energy source.

What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples

8. 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.

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