Posted: September 21, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Population Growth WebQuest


Visit the following websites below and answer the questions pertaining to each website on a separate sheet of paper.


Human Numbers Through Time:

Click on the following website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/worldbalance/numbers.html

Launch the Interactive (click the map on the left)

Copy the following chart on your paper and fill in the information:


Human Population

Growth Rate, Where People Lived

(include percentages when possible)

0 A.D.









Answer the following questions about the information that you read:

  1. In the 18th century what raised the living standards and spurred population growth?
  2. In the mid 1900s, what profoundly increased human life expectancy?
  3. When did the growth rate reach its all-time peak?  What was the growth rate?
  4. In the 1970s, where did most of the population explosion happen?
  5. When was the 6-billionth baby born?
  6. Where will nearly all of the further human population growth take place in the world?  What is a foreseeable problem with this?


Developed vs. Developing Countries:

On the Wikipedia website, look up the following information:


  1. What is a “developed” country?
  2. Characterize a developed country in terms of GDP per capita (income per capita), and Human Development Index.
  3. List 5 countries that are considered “developed.”


  1. What is a “developing” country?
  2. Characterize a developing country in terms of standard of living (under “Measure and Concept of Development”).
  3. What is the relationship between industrialization and population of an undeveloped nation?
  4. List 5 countries that are considered to be “developing.” (hint: Check out the maps on the right side of the page.)


Go to the WorldMapper website: http://www.worldmapper.org/posters/worldmapper_map170_ver5.pdf

  1. List the top 5 countries in terms of GDP per capita.
  2. List the bottom 5 countries in terms of GDP per capita.
  3. What does purchasing power refer to?


  1. Which country has the most percentage people that live under $10 a day?
  2. Which country has the least percentage people that live under $10 a day?


  1. What does HDI measure?
  2. Where does the United States rank in terms of HDI?
  3. Which country has the highest HDI?
  4. Which country has the lowest HDI?



Global Trends Quiz:

Click on the following link http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/worldbalance/trends.html

Start the quiz (click the picture on the left)

While taking the quiz, answer the following questions:

  1. What is replacement-level fertility?  What is the fertility rate in European countries vs. less developed countries?
  2. What is the average life expectancy for men and women in the developed world?
  3. If the fertility rates in developing countries does not change, what will be the population in the developing world?
  4. What is the correlation between women’s education and family size?
  5. How many children under 15 are in the world?
  6. Most environmental damage caused by people in the developed world is attributable to what? (Be specific.)
  7. North Americans use how much more energy than Africans?
  8. How many cars per 1,000 people are there in China?  How will this change by 2025 and what will be the environmental impact?
  9. How many people in the world are undernourished? Where do most of the people live?
  10. What is “carrying capacity”?  What is the carrying capacity for humans?


Last, but not least:

Go back to the the WorldMapper website:  http://www.worldmapper.org


  1. Look through the website and write down the 10 most interesting statistics that you can find.

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