Fixing the global nitrogen problem
-denitrifying bacteria and nitrogen fixing bacteria
-78% Nitrogen in the air; 21% oxygen in the air
-Non-point pollution: agriculture; point pollution: industry
What is the Haber-Bosch process and what is it credited wit
Describe 4 Ecosystem services
1. Bacteria and microbes that transform waste into useable products
2. Insects that pollinate crops
3. Coral reefs protect coastlines
4. Running the hydrological cycle that supplies fresh water
5. Natural stora
A LOOK AT THE CONSEQUENCES OF
APPALACHIAN COAL USE AND EXTRACTION
Coal has been a large source of energy for the past two hundred years, and
continues to be today. Even though mankind now knows about the environmental
Natural Resource: Anthracite Coal
Anthracite coal has the highest carbon content of all types of coal, and is the most
expensive. It is the most sought after type of coal because of its high quality. Coal is an
GEO 271: Humans and Natural Resources
Assignment #1: Secrets beneath the ice [16 points]
1. How much of the world's ice is held in Antarctica? [1 pt]
2. What impacts would a 10% melting of Antarctica ice have on sea level? [1 pt]
Andrews, Thomas G. Killing For Coal: America's Deadliest Labor Wars. Cambridge:
Harvard University Press, 2008.
Burns, Douglas A, Tamara Blett, Richard Haeuber, and Linda H. Pardo. "Critical Loads
as a Policy Tool for Protecting Ecosystems fro
Megan Carter, Writing Assignment #2: Annotated Bibliography, Feb. 22, 2011
How Fossil Fuels were Formed, U.S. Department of Energy, last modified October 9,
The United States D
Lauren Rooney GLG 307 10/23/2012 Human Error Leading to Human and Environmental Destruction New Orleans is a city that began built upon high ground. As the population increased and urban sprawl occurred, city planners sought more space for the people of N
Lauren Rooney GEO 271 3/6/13 New Developments in the Field of Hydropower Water has been used as a source of electricity since the late 19th century. (National Geographic) Prior to its use for electricity, people utilized water's natural motion for centuri
Why did Malthus predictions not materialize?
o Synthetic fertilizers
Use to depend on Nitrogen fixing bacteria
Pollution of ground water waterways ocean
Nitrogen & Phosphorous
o High-yielding seeds
Cheap Energy (Coal)
The end of deforestation in the Brazilian
1. What are the main drivers of deforestation in Amazon?
Beef and Soy industries
o Cutting more trees down for land for grazing, cattle farms, soy bean farms, and grains to feed
2. What developments in
The geography of poverty and wealth
1. How does geography affect economic development?
2. What geographic factors does Jeffery Sachs identify
a. Ease of transportation
i. Costs are higher for land locked countries and places that are
farther from oceans r
Economy and Society / Population Study Questions for 3/29/11
Why are we talking about GMCs?
Demand for food has increased
o Number of people suffering from malnutrition
o Increased food prices
In what ways is traditional crop breeding different from d
What are our best energy options for reducing impacts on global warming,
pollution, water supply, land use, and wildlife (among other concerns)?
What is the current world-wide maximum power consumption, and what is it
projected to grow to by 2030? W
Splitting the difference between oil pessimists and optimists
1.What is the 'middle course' between oil optimists and oil pessimists?
Conventional peak will come before 2030, pushing up prices leading to
more use of unconventional oil sources, such as ta
What is nuclear energy?
Uranium Isotope: different number of neutrons
What are the essential ingredients in nuclear power generation?
U235 (U238 is most commonly found, @ 99.28%) (Canada, parts of Africa)
Control rod abso
1. Why do we need to value ecosystem services?
without a value for the service, the only cost attached to them is the value of the goods taken from the
area, e.g. wood, land, etc.
2. What are the arguments against valuing ecosystem services?
You cant tr
Global environmental outlook
1. What are the reasons for the higher GDP recorded between 1987 and 2007? What
characterizes this growth?
Lower transportation costs
Human population & ec
GEO 271: Humans & Natural Resources
Study Guide for Exam #2
Final Exam: Thursday, 12/11/14, 12:45 - 2:45 pm
1) What are the reasons for deliberate introductions of new animals to new areas?
e. Control of other Pest