Ch 15: ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 4.1: Human Impact on Water

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The Human Impact on Water chapter of this ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with the human impact on water. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Human Impact on Water textbook chapter.

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  • Identify the lessons in the ScienceFusion Human Impact on Water chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the human impact on water topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, re-watch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Ground and surface water facts
  • The purpose and design of aquifers
  • Factors that affect the supply and quality of water
  • Different types of water pollution
  • Examples of chemical, thermal, physical, and biological pollution
  • Causes of eutrophication
  • The treatment and purification of water
  • How legislation and the EPA regulate water usage and purification
  • Water storage issues
  • Water supply concerns
  • Effects of overuse on the water supply

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12 Lessons in Chapter 15: ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 4.1: Human Impact on Water
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Ground and Surface Water: Effects On Landscapes

1. Ground and Surface Water: Effects On Landscapes

In this lesson, you will learn how groundwater and surface water form features on Earth and cause changes in landscapes. You will also learn about the different types of features formed by each type of water.

Aquifer: Definition, Types & Facts

2. Aquifer: Definition, Types & Facts

Did you know that when you drink water from a well you may be drinking ancient water? In this lesson you will learn the definition of an aquifer and learn why aquifers are important. In addition, you will learn how humans have impacted aquifers. At the end, test your knowledge with a quiz.

Water Quality & Water Supply: Definition & Purpose

3. Water Quality & Water Supply: Definition & Purpose

Learn the difference between water quality and supply, including the factors that make up good quality of water, and why it's important for humans and other animals alike. Check the quality of your learning by finishing with a quiz.

Water Pollution: Definition, Types, and Sources

4. Water Pollution: Definition, Types, and Sources

In this lesson, you will learn about the different types and sources of water pollution. You will gain an understanding of both surface water and groundwater pollution and the similarities and differences between them.

Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

5. Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

Pollution is the presence of unwanted substances in an environment. It is often the result of human interference. Learn about physical, chemical and biological pollutants and see examples of each.

What is Thermal Pollution?

6. What is Thermal Pollution?

Pollution is one of the greatest threats against our environment. We often overlook the fact that pollution isn't simply smoke and industrial waste. In this lesson, we'll take a look at a lesser-known type of pollution: thermal pollution.

Human Causes of Eutrophication

7. Human Causes of Eutrophication

Eutrophication occurs when a body of water becomes overly enriched with nutrients. While this can happen naturally, accelerated eutrophication is typically the result of human activities. Learn about the human causes of eutrophication.

Water Treatment: Improving Water Quality

8. Water Treatment: Improving Water Quality

In this lesson, you will learn how water is purified for drinking, and how wastewater is treated before being put back into the environment. You will also learn about water purification issues in developing countries.

The Clean Water Act & Safe Drinking Water Act: Legislation for Clean Water

9. The Clean Water Act & Safe Drinking Water Act: Legislation for Clean Water

In this lesson, you will learn about the Clean Water Act of 1972 and the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. You'll discover how both laws help keep our waters free of pollution and safe for everyday use.

Water Storage: The Pros and Cons of Dams & Reservoirs

10. Water Storage: The Pros and Cons of Dams & Reservoirs

In this lesson, you will contrast the benefits and drawback of water storage. You will learn about how and why water is stored and how this affects the surrounding ecosystems and human communities.

Water Resource Issues: Activities Affecting the Water Supply

11. Water Resource Issues: Activities Affecting the Water Supply

This video lesson describes water resources issues such as aquifer depletion, overdrawing surface waters and salinization of irrigated soil. You will also learn about the impacts of activities affecting water resources.

Aquifer Depletion and Overdrawing of Surface Waters: Effects on Water Resources

12. Aquifer Depletion and Overdrawing of Surface Waters: Effects on Water Resources

This video lesson describes the effects of overuse on two major water resources in the U.S.: the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and the overdrawing of the Colorado River.

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