PowerPoint presentations for Environmental Science - Earth Systems - Environment

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Teaching high school Environmental Science this year? Looking for a place to start? These detailed and highly visual PowerPoint presentations provide content for many traditional environmental topics in a format that's easy to use and engaging for students.

Please note: This PowerPoint Bundle is also part of my Full Environmental Science Curriculum.

These fully animated, EDITABLE PowerPoint presentations are loaded with colorful illustrations, real photographs, and detailed explanations. What a time-saver!

The topics are organized according to the four spheres of the earth (biosphere, geosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere) with an introductory unit and a sustainability unit at the end. Human impacts are woven through every topic.

Included in this resource:

  • Intro to Environmental Science (55 slides)
  • Biosphere 1- Spheres of the Earth, Ecology & Organism Relationships (27 slides)
  • Biosphere 2- Species and Population Growth (20 slides)
  • Biosphere 3- Biomes, Communities, Ecological Succession, & Biodiversity (19 slides)
  • Geosphere 1- Plate Tectonics (19 slides)
  • Geosphere 2- Minerals, Soil Composition & Soil Conservation (39 slides)
  • Geosphere 3- Energy, Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy Sources (17 slides)
  • Atmosphere- Composition & Layers of the Atmosphere, Weather, Global Winds, Coriolis Effect, Nitrogen Cycle, Phosphorous Cycle, Carbon Cycle (49 slides)
  • Hydrosphere 1- Water Cycle, Surface Water, Watersheds, Groundwater & Irrigation (28 slides)
  • Hydrosphere 2- Marine Biomes, Ocean Productivity, Wetlands & Water Pollution
  • Land Use & Sustainability- Urbanization, Land Use, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Forestry (51 slides)

This resource is designed to fit seamlessly into a high school Environmental Science curriculum. The text on every PowerPoint slide is editable. Due to copyright restrictions from the clip artists and photographers I use, some of the images on the PowerPoints are not editable. Thanks for your understanding.

**NOTE: These PowerPoints coincide seamlessly with my guided Cornell Notes to make teaching new content a snap!

Topics covered in the PowerPoints:

Intro to Environmental Science

  • Renewable and nonrenewable resources
  • Tragedy of the Commons
  • Ecological footprints
  • Scientific methods
  • Science v. pseudoscience
  • Ecosystem services
  • Cost-benefit analyses
  • Types of environmental policies (regulatory v. incentive)


  • Hydrosphere, geosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere
  • Organization of living things (organism, population, community, ecosystem, biome, biosphere)
  • Food chains v. food webs, energy pyramids
  • Symbiotic relationships (mutualism, commensalism, parasitism, predation)
  • Endangered v. threatened species
  • Speciation (behavioral, mechanical, temporal, geographic)
  • Linear v. exponential growth, logistic growth, limiting factors, carrying capacity
  • Natality, fecundity, fertility, mortality, life expectancy
  • Survivorship curves (Types 1, 2, & 3), R strategists v. K strategists
  • Age Structure Diagrams (Population Pyramids)
  • 9 different world biomes (tundra, taiga, grasslands, deciduous forest, savanna, chaparral, rainforest, desert, alpine)
  • Climate v. weather, climatograms (or climate diagrams)
  • Keystone species, indicator species, invasive species
  • Primary v. Secondary succession, climax community, pioneer species
  • Types of biodiversity (species, genetic, ecological), biodiversity index


  • Atmospheric composition
  • Layers of the atmosphere (troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, exosphere), ozone layer
  • Local and global weather patterns
  • Global circulation (Polar cells, Ferrel cells, Hadley cells), Coriolis Effect
  • ENSO (El Nino, La Nina)
  • Nitrogen cycle, phosphorous cycle, carbon cycle
  • Greenhouse gases and global warming (climate change)


  • Layers of the Earth
  • Plate tectonics, plate movements, landforms
  • Characteristics and properties of minerals
  • Mining methods and impacts (surface v. subsurface, restoration v. reclamation)
  • Soil composition and soil profiles
  • Porosity and permeability of soil
  • Soil erosion by wind and water, soil conservation methods
  • Fossil fuels
  • Renewable energy sources


  • Unique properties of water, processes in the water cycle
  • Watersheds, estuaries
  • Eutrophication and acidification of aquatic ecosystems
  • Water table, aquifers (confined v. unconfined)
  • Human impacts from groundwater usage (depletion of aquifers, salinization, etc)
  • Types of aquatic biomes (saltwater, freshwater, estuaries)
  • Ocean productivity and nutrients in ocean food webs, ocean zones
  • Point-source v. nonpoint-source pollution
  • Oxygen sag curve and nutrient pollution
  • Effects of pollution on aquatic ecosystems (thermal pollution, sediment pollution, nutrient pollution, chemical pollution, biological pollution)
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
  • Bioaccumulation v. biomagnification, bioassays and LD50
  • Characteristics of wetlands, environmental benefits of wetlands

Land Use & Sustainability

  • Environmental impacts of cities (air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution, light pollution)
  • Human health impacts of cities (obesity from commuting, sanitation issues in developing countries)
  • Heat islands, urban sprawl
  • City planning and smart growth
  • 3 E's of sustainability (economics, environment, equity)
  • Economic and environmental benefits of trees
  • Habitat fragmentation and wildlife corridors
  • The Green Revolution, agricultural impacts on the environment
  • Vertical farming and other future agricultural techniques


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