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APES Ch1 Vocab Lytle

Lytle - APES Ch 1 Vocab

aesthetic justification An argument for the conservation of nature on the grounds that nature is beautiful and that beauty is important and valuable to people
carrying capacity The maximum abundance of a population or species that can be maintained by a habitat or ecosystem without degrading the ability of that habitat or ecosystem to maintain that abundance in the future
ecological justification An argument for the conservation of nature on the grounds that a species, an ecological community, an ecosystem, or Earth's biosphere provides specific functions necessary to the persistence of our life or of benefit to life.
Gaia hypothesis States that the interaction between the physical and biological system on Earth's surface has led to a planetwide physiology that began more than 3 billion years ago and the evolution of which can be detected in the fossil record.
megacities Urban areas with at least 8 million inhabitants
moral justification An argument for the conservation of nature on the grounds that aspects of the environment have a right to exist, independent o human desires, and that is our moral obligation to allow them to continue or to help them persist.
Precautionary Principle the idea ht in spite of the fact that full scientific certainty is often not available to prove cause and effect,we should still take cost-effective precautions to solve environmental problems when th
sustainability Management of natural resources and the environment with the goals of allowing the harvest of resources to remain at or above some specified level, and ecosystem to retain its functions and structure
sustainable ecosystem An ecosystem that is subject to some human use, but at a level that leads to no loss of species or of necessary ecosystem functions.
sustainable resource harvest An Amount of a resource that can be harvested at regular intervals indefinitely.
utilitarian justification A classification of soils, widely used in engineering practice, based on the amount of coarse particles fine particles, or organic material
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