AP Human Geography Resource Issues
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Sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides, emitted by burning fossil fuels, enter the atmosphere-where they combine with oxygen and water to form sulfuric acid and nitric acid-and return to Earth's surface
Conversion of sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides to acids that return to Earth as rain, snow or fog.
Active solar energy systems
Solar energy systems that collect energy through the use of mechanical devices like photovoltaic cells or flat-plate collectors
Concentration of trace substances such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, and solid particulates, at a greater level than occurs in average air.
Power supplied by people or animals.
The number of species within a specific habitat.
A gas used as a solvent, a propellant in aerosols, a refrigerant, and in plastic foams and fire extinguishers.
The sustainable use and management of a natural resource, through consuming at a less rapid rate than it can be replaced.
Metals, including iron ore, that are utilized in the production of iron and steel.
Energy source formed from the residue of plants and animals buried millions of years ago.
Anticipated increase in Earth's temperature, caused by carbon dioxide (emitted by burning fossil fuels) trapping some of the radiation emitted by the surface.
Metals utilized ro make products other than iron and steel.
Pollution that originates from a large, diffuse area.
A source of energy that is a finite supply capable of being exhausted.
A gas that absorbs ultraviolent solar radiation, found in the stratosphere, a zone between 15 and 50 kilometers (9 to 30 miles) above Earth's surface
Passive solar energy systems
Solar energy system that collects energy without the use of mechanical devices
An atmospheric condition formed through a combination of weather conditions and pollution, especially from motor vehicle emissions.
Solar energy cells, usually made from silicon, that collect solar rays to generate electricity.
Pollution that enters water from a specific source.
Addition of more waste than a resource can accommodate.
The amount of energy in deposits not yet identified but thought to exist.
Maintenance of a resource in its present condition, with as little human impact as possible.
The amount of a resource remaining in discovered deposits.
The separation, collection, processing, marketing, and reuse of unwanted material.
A resource that has theoretically unlimited supply and is not depleted when used by humans
A substance in the environment that is useful to people, is economically and technologically feasible to access, and is socially acceptable to use.
A place to deposit solid waste, where a layer of earth is bulldozed over garbage each day to reduce emissions of gases and odors from the decaying trash, to minimize fires, and to discourage vermin.
The use of Earth's limited resources by humans in ways that do not constrain resource use by people in the future.
The level of development that can be maintained in a country without depleting resources to the extent that future generations will be unable to achieve a comparable level of development.