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E.Science Ch.1

Environmental Science Vocab, Chapter One

Environmental Science The study of how humans interact with the environment.
Environment Everything that surrounds you, both natural and man-made.
Natural Resource Any natural substance that living things use.
Nonrenewable Resources Resources that can't be replaced.
Renewable Resources Resources that are continually replaced.
Pollution The introduction of harmful levels of chemicals or waste material into the environment.
Extinction When a species has completely died out, ending its existence.
Biosphere The thin layer of life around the earth.
Developed Countries Highly industrialized countries whose citizens have high-average incomes.
Developing Countries Less industrialized countries with lower average income rates.
Consumption Crisis When a person uses up more than their fair share of resources.
Sustainable World The idea to reach the perfect balance in population and consumption
Pure Science Seeks to answer questions about how the natural world works.
Applied Science Uses information provided by pure science to solve problems.
Ecology The study of how living things interact with each other and with their nonliving environments.
Hypothesis A testable explanation for an observation.
Experiment When a hypothesis is tested under controlled conditions.
Created by: caseymi16