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PSSA Vocab part 2

fact information that has been objectively verified
theory organized knowledge to explain the nature or behavior of a specified set of phenomena.
hypothesis an assertion subject to verification or proof as a premise from which a conclusion is drawn.
law statement of experimental facts that has been tested many times and is accepted as true.
model a description, analogy or a representation of something that helps us understand it better.
inquiry a systematic process for using knowledge and skills to acquire and apply new knowledge.
patterns repeated processes that are exhibited in a wide variety of ways.
regulation a rule or order issued by a regulatory agency of a government and having the force of law.
closing the loop a link in the circular chain of recycling events that promotes the use of products made with recycled material
non-renewable sources substances (e.g., oil, gas, coal, copper, gold) that, once used, cannot be replaced in this geological age
renewable a naturally occurring raw material or energy replenished through nature (e.g., the wind, water)
recycling collecting and reprocessing a resource or product to make into new products
composting the process of mixing decaying leaves, manure, and other nutritive matter to improve and fertilize soil
evolution a process of change that explains why what we see today differs from what existed previously.
extinction the complete elimination of a species from the Earth
endangered species a species that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range
equilibrium the ability of an ecosystem to maintain stability among its biological resources (e.g., forest, fisheries, crops) so that there is a steady optimum yield
sustainability ability to keep in existence or maintain. An ecosystem is one that can be maintained.
succession the series of changes that occur in an ecosystem with the passing of time
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