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Environmental Science Vocabulary Terms

Applied Science Uses information provided by pure science to solve problems. Examples: engineering & medicine.
Biosphere The layer around the Earth in which life occurs naturally to the deepest part of the ocean.
Consumption Crisis Situation in which natural resources are being used up, wasted, or polluted faster than they can be replaced, renewed, or cleaned up.
Developed Countries Highly industrialized countries within high incomes and high standards of living Example: USA.
Ecology The study of how living things interact with each other and with nonliving environments.
Environment The surrounding of an organism that affect its life and development.
Environmental Science The study with how humans interact with the environment.
Experiment Activity designed to test a hypothesis under controlled conditions.
Hypothesis A testable explanation for a specific problem or question, based on what is already learned; an educated guess
Natural Resource Any natural substance that humans use, such as sunlight, soil, water, plants and animals.
Nonrenewable resource Resources that can be all used up faster than they can be replenished naturally, such as coal, natural gas, and oil.
Population Crisis Situation in which the number of people grows so quickly that a region cannot support them.
Pure Science study or activity that seek answers to questions about how the world works; examples are biology and physics.
Renewable Resource Abundant natural resources that are continually produced, such as trees and sunlight.
Sustainable World World in which human populations can continue to exist indefinitely with a high standard of living and health.
Developing Countries Less industrialized countries in which the average income and standard of living are low.
Created by: Westberg3