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Human Impact

TermDefinition
Atmosphere The layer of gas that surrounds the earth
Biofuel A fuel derived directly from living matter such as corn
Biologic Controls Importing and using one species to control the population growth of another species
Conservation The preservation and protection of an environment
Consumption To use up, especially natural resources
Deforestation Complete removal of a forest in an area
Exotic Species A plant or animal introduced into an area where they do not naturally occur
Fossil Fuel A source of energy from organic remains of a past geologic time resulting in oil, coal and gas
Global Warming Increase in Earth's temperature from an increase in greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide
Harvesting To gather a crop
Heavy Metals Specific metals from the periodic table that are poisonous in the environment
Herbicide Any chemical that destroys a plant
Hydroelectric Energy Production of energy by using running water
Industrialization When a country develops a large manufacturing capacity
Insecticide A chemical that specifically destroys insects
Invasive Species A plant or animal not native to an area that has a tendency to spread, causing damage to the environment, human economy or human health
Ozone Layer Layer of ozone in the upper atmosphere that absorbs ultraviolet light
Pesticide Any chemical that destroys a pest
Pollution Introduction of a substance by humans into the environment that has harmful or poisonous effects
Recycling Reusing materials instead of discarding them as wastes
Sewage Treatment When liquid and solid wastes are purified
Solar Energy Energy that comes from the sun
Created by: hhazzard