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Enviormental Science

Vocab. Chapter 1

applied science uses information provided by pure science to solve problems.
biosphere the thin layer of life around the Earth.
consumption crisis when people use up, waste, or pollute natural resources faster than those resources can be renewed, replaced, or cleaned up.
developed countries the highly industrialized countries whose citizens have high average incomes
developing countries are less industrialized and their citizens have a much lower average income.
ecology one of the most important foundations of environmental science.
environment everything that surrounds us
environmental science the study of how humans interact with the environment.
experiment a hypothesis is tested under controlled conditions.
hypothesis a testable explanation for an observation.
natural resource any natural substance that living things use such as, sunlight, air, water, soil, minerals, plants, animals, forests, and fossil fuels.
nonrenewable resources resources that can not be replaced such as copper
population crisis when some regions on Earth the human populations are growing too quickly for the regions to support.
pure science seeks to answer questions about how the natural world works.
renewable resources resources that are continually being replaced even as they are being used. Ex: solar energy and sunlight
sustainable world a world in which human populations can continue to exist indefinitely with high standards of living and health.
Created by: ethanheiges