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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 Media ) 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 to view film.

audio icon "Is Global Warming Nurturing Parasites?" All Things Considered June 20, 2002.

video icon Earth Revolution NASA JPL



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