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Review and Resources

ReviewSpace shuttle picture of the Hawaiin Islands

Use the links below to review and assess your learning. Start with the "Important Terms and Concepts" to ensure you know the terminology related to the topic of the chapter and concepts discussed. Move on to the "Review Questions" to answer critical thinking questions about concepts and processes discussed in the chapter. Finally, test your overall understanding by taking the "Self-assessment quiz".

Additional Resources

Use these resources to further explore the world of geography


video icon "The Precious Envelope" (Annenberg/CPB) The World of Chemistry video series  "The Earth's atmosphere is examined through theories of chemical evolution; ozone depletion and the greenhouse effect are explained. (Material is somewhat dated but still useful.) 

Go to the The World of Chemistry site and scroll to "The Precious Envelope". One-time free registration may be required.

video icon The Ozone Layer: Closing the Gap (NASA, 2019) "In the 1980s, scientists began to realize that ozone-depleting chemicals, such as chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs), were creating a thin spot—a hole—in the ozone layer over Antarctica. Through an international effort to decrease the use of CFCs, the ozone layer is starting to mend, and scientists believe it should mostly recover by the middle of the 21st century. This series of satellite images shows the ozone hole on the day of its maximum depth from 1979 through 2018."


 "The Ozone We Breathe" NASA Earth Observatory

Ultra-Violet radiation: Effect on Life (NASA) 

Why monitor air quality? (NASA) 



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