The Physical Environment
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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".

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Additional Resources

Use these resources to further explore the world of geography


video icon "White Sands" (National Archives/Google) a 1938 National Park Service video describing White Sands National Monument. Interesting (and somewhat comic) from a modern-day perspective.

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readings icon "From the Dust Bowl to the Sahel" (NASA Earth Observatory)



  Web Sites

web site icon FAO Desertification site - "The Web site contains technical and scientific data and information, available at FAO, as well as links to a number of highly informative Web sites on desertification" (Web site)



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For Citation: Ritter, Michael E. The Physical Environment: an Introduction to Physical Geography.
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