The three major global uses of fresh water are agriculture, industry and domestic use. Among those, agriculture accounts for 70 percent of all the fresh water used globally. Industries around the world use 20 percent of ... More »

A standing water ecosystem is also known as a lentic ecosystem, and it is defined as a body of fresh water, such as a pond or lake. A lentic ecosystem is characterized by still water and contains organisms such as algae,... More »

North America has plentiful oil and mineral deposits and fertile soils and fresh water that promote forest growth and the timber industry and highly successful agriculture. It is the third-largest continent and has the m... More »

Human activity affects ecosystems in a wide variety of ways, but it primarily does so through agriculture, habitat destruction, water use and fishing. Whenever humans enter a habitat, they tend to reshape it to fit their... More »

The uses of water include drinking, washing and cleaning, cooking, transportation, providing hydroelectric power, irrigation and recreation. Living beings need water to move nutrients into their cells and to help them ex... More »

Atomic energy, also referred to as nuclear energy, is used to generate electricity, and has applications in the fields of agriculture, medicine, research and industry, too. Atomic energy contains highly active radioisoto... More »

Land use refers to the use and regulation of land by humans for any purpose, such as agriculture, industry and residences. Governments have regulated land use for centuries, though common land-use regulation schemes, suc... More » Science Earth Science Landforms