SCI/256 Week 3 - ORIGINAL / Plagiarism-FREE

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Week Three


Natural Resource and Energy


  1. Identify impacts to ecosystems and wild species from a growing human population.


  1. Compare benefits and risks associated with use of nonrenewable and renewable energy resources.


  1. Identify management practices for sustainability and conservation of natural resources.


Course Assignments


  1. Readings


    1. Read Ch. 11–14 & 17–20 of the text.


    1. Review animation and video clip resources available for these chapters.


    1. Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.


  1. Paper Assignment: Natural Resources and Energy Paper


    1. Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word paper on natural resources and energy. Include the following:


o Choose a specific ecosystem, such as a forest, a grassland, or a marine or freshwater aquatic



oIdentify and discuss the effects that a growing human population may have on that ecosystem’s resources, including loss or harm to populations of wild species.


  1. Discuss one management practice for sustainability and conservation of natural resources in that ecosystem.


    1. Identify the risks and benefits of extracting or using one type of nonrenewable and one type of renewable energy resource from that ecosystem, or in areas near that ecosystem.


    1. Include two outside references.


    1. Format your paper according to APA standards.


  1. Discussion Questions


    1. In your community, what aspects of suburban sprawl and urban blight are evident? Identify how the effects from these might be alleviated.

    2. Is your community people- or car-oriented? Why or why not? How does that affect energy use and sustainability of your community?

    3. Are there personal impacts of having more biodiversity or less biodiversity in your community? Explain.

    4. What is one major cause of present-day species extinction? Explain how this extinction came about and what could have been done to prevent it.

    5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of soft-path energy development compared to hard-path energy development?



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