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- Identify the lessons in the ScienceFusion Human Activity & Ecosystems chapter with which you need help.
- Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
- Watch fun videos that cover the human activity and ecosystems topics you need to learn or review.
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Students will be able to learn all the ecology topics in the textbook with this engaging course, including:
- Habitat destruction
- Resource depletion
- Transportation effects on the environment
- Fishing techniques and effects
- Coastal development
- Conservation biology
- Reusing, reducing and recycling solid waste
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1. 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.
2. Resource Depletion & Its Negative Effects on Ecosystems
Let's learn about resource depletion, what it is, and how it affects ecosystems. In this lesson, you will also get to discover some examples of resource depletion.
3. From Highways to Canals: How Transportation Infrastructure Affects Ecosystems
What type of transportation do you use to get around? We use a variety of methods of transportation that all require some form of infrastructure. In this lesson, we will discuss how transportation infrastructure affects the ecosystems.
4. Fishing Techniques & Their Effects on Ecosystems
Certain fishing techniques are used because they are very efficient. However, many of these techniques are also very destructive to ecosystems and the physical environment. In this lesson, you'll learn about some of these techniques and how they affect the ecosystems they are used in.
5. Overfishing: Problems, Statistics, and Solutions
Many of our fisheries are in decline due to overfishing, but human consumption and demand continues to rise. How do we find a balance between allowing fish stocks to recover while still feeding millions of people all over the world?
6. How Coastal Development Impacts Ecosystems
What are coastal developments? And how do they damage coral reefs? Learn what's happening to the rainforests of the sea, and what scientists are doing to help. Take a quiz and see how much your knowledge has developed.
7. What Is Conservation Biology? - Definition & Principles
Conservation biology aims to reduce the human impact on the environment by looking for the causes and possible solutions to these problems. In this lesson, you'll learn about conservation biology and the different types of conservation.
8. The 3 Rs of Reducing Solid Waste: Reuse, Reduce & Recycle
Reduce, reuse, recycle! In this lesson, we will explore the three Rs of reducing solid waste. We will also investigate examples of each of the three Rs, and how people can do their part to help reduce solid waste.
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Other chapters within the ScienceFusion Ecology and the Environment: Online Textbook Help course
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 1.1: Introduction to Ecology
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 1.2: Roles in Energy Transfer
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 1.3: Population Dynamics
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 1.4: Interactions in Communities
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 2.1: Land Biomes
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 2.2: Aquatic Ecosystems
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 2.3: Energy & Matter in Ecosystems
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 2.4: Changes in Ecosystems
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 3.1: Earth's Support of Life
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 3.2: Natural Resources
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 3.3: Nonrenewable Energy Resources
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 3.4: Renewable Energy Resources
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 3.5: Managing Resources
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 4.1: Human Impact on Water
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 4.2: Human Impact on Land
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 4.3: Human Impact on the Atmosphere
- ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 4.4: Protecting Earth's Water, Land & Air