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Human population Worksheet

Use Chapter 5 for Reference


Outline Grading Criteria:


Human Population

1.      Define the following terms:

a) Total Fertility rate:


b)  Growth Rate


c) Replacement-level fertility


b)      Population momentum:



2.      Know and understand figure 5-1 on page 125 in its entirety.

3.  Historically the human population looked like an S curve, until recently (about 1830) when it entered exponential growth.  Why was growth stable before 1830? 






3.    Why did it enter exponential growth?  What was Pasteur’s role?






4.   What kinds of environmental resistance act on the human population during stable growth?  Exponential growth?


5.  Describe developed and developing nations.



6.   What are similarities and differences between developed and developing nations in terms of resource consumption?


7.      What is the growth rate in developed nations?  Developing?



8.      What is the total fertility rate in developed nations?  Developing?



  1. Explain how the fertility rate has decreased yet the population continues to increase dramatically.



  1. What does the I = PAT equation calculate?





a.      Using the ‘big footprints’ section in this chapter, describe why both developed and developing nations are not sustainable.



    1. How can stewardship influence the equation?




  1. Describe subsistence farming (made a living in terms of food, clothing, and shelter) before the human population exploded.



12.  What is the land reform that has taken place in developing nations?



  1. Explain how subdividing farms to intensify agriculture helps people cope with the population explosion.  Explain the environmental concerns with utilizing this method.





  1. Discuss the environmental concerns with opening up new lands for agriculture.





  1. Discuss the problems associated with migration to cities for migrants and for cities.





  1. Some people make their living using illegal activities.  What are the environmental concerns with these methods of making a living?  People in developed nations drive these markets.  Why?




  1. Discuss emigration and immigration in terms of population growth. 




  1. Why do women and children feel the brunt of poverty in developing nations?



  1. Using the previous for support, describe how poverty and environmental degradation are related.




  1. Explain why countries continue to grow for 50 -60 years (or the limits of life expectancy in your nation) after their fertility rate reaches 2.0.








  1. Describe each phase of the demographic transition.










  1. Why is the demographic an important tool for those studying human population.