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Cole.Unit #14

You Be the Teacher-Environmental Chemistry

TermDefinition
Environmental Chemistry The scientific study of chemical phenomena that occur in natural places.
Photosynthesis A process used by plants to convert light energy into chemical energy that can later be released to fuel the organism's activities.
Decomposition The natural process of dead animal or plant tissue being rotted or broken down.
Global Warming/Climate Change The idea that the Earth is changing climate due to the greenhouse effect in the Earth's atmosphere.
The greenhouse effect The greenhouse gasses trap the sun's heat inside our atmosphere, making the Earth warm enough for us to live on it.
Greenhouse Gasses The gasses in the Earth's atmosphere that trap the sun's heat, making Earth warmer. Carbon Dioxide, Methane, and water vapor.
Alternative Energy Different sources of energy such as wind energy and solar energy, that do not hurt the environment as much as fossil fuels.
Fossil Fuels The most used source of energy today, the burning of fossils that creates energy but supposedly causes global warming.
Wind Energy Comes in the form of wind turbines, an alternative energy source that uses the wind to create energy.
Solar Energy Comes in the form of solar panels, an alternative energy source that uses the sun to create energy rather than the burning of fossil fuels.
Environmental Chemist Chemists that have to understand how chemicals move through the environment and their effect on the environment.
Putrescine and Cadaverine The chemicals released during the putrefication of a dead plant or animal that causes the horrible odor of a rotting corpse.
Autolysis One of the two factors of decomposition. The breaking down of tissue by the body's own enzymes and internal chemicals.
Putrefication One of the two factors of decomposition. The breaking down of tissue by the bacteria.
Pollution The introduction of contaminants in the natural environment that causes adverse change.
Chloroplast The part of plant cells that contains chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll The chemical that turns sunlight into energy during photosynthesis.
Methane, CO2 and Water vapor Common greenhouse gasses that are in the atmosphere of the Earth.
Hydraulic Fracking A technique designed to recover gas and oil from shale rock.
Why drill horizontally? Because it can create new pathways to more shale rock. More shale rock means more gas and oil.
Supposed effects of Fracking? Tremors in the area of the drilling.
Created by: SchuckCole