Environmental Impacts of
Resource Exploitation and Use
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Exploiting Resources Affects the Environment
and Quarrying-The Methods
Impact of Mining and Quarrying
of Mining Wastes
and Ocean Wastes and Methods and Environmental
Drilling and Production: Environmental Impact || Impacts Processing and
Smelting of Ores
Using Resources Affects the Environment: Burning of Fossil Fuels || Acid
Rain || Disposing of Nuclear Waste Products || Other Industrial Processes-Waste
Products and Pollution
or Recycling of Industrial and Domestic Waste Products: Disposal of Solid
Waste || Recycling || Disposal of Liquid Waste
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(things you must do):
Chapter four of your textbook
the map and reports on acid rain, atmospheric deposition and precipitation
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on this link <http://www.epa.gov/acidrain/>
to learn more about acid rain.
you understanding of the effects of acid rain by view
effects on Washington, D.C.
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Acquired (what you learned):
By the end
of this chapter you should be able to:
Briefly describe underground mining methods.
Discuss the environmental impacts of dredging.
Briefly describe surface mining methods.
Summarize the atmospheric impacts of smelting.
Explain the "greenhouse effect"
Discuss radioactive waste disposal.
List three processes through which materials that cannot be reused must
be broken down into raw materials.
Describe the main causes of atmospheric pollution, and how can they be
eliminated or reduced?
Explain the current status of nuclear waste disposal. Why is this, and
how should the problem be tackled?
Identify the amounts and kinds of solid wastes (garbage) produced by the
average citizen of a country like the U.S.A. How can these wastes be disposed
of, and can they be used in any way to save energy and raw materials?
List the kinds of liquid wastes generated by mankind, and how is their
disposal carried out?
Discuss the technical problems involved in recycling: (a) domestic trash;
(b) aluminum cans; (c) an automobile.
Describe the benefits of recycling to technologically advanced societies.
Explain why recycling is not undertaken on a larger scale at the present
Explain the relationship of mercury (as mineral commodity) to Minamata
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