Chapter 3 Environmental Science Terms

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atmosphere

the whole mass of air surrounding the earth

deforestation

the act of cutting down trees

degrade

to damage something

depleting

reducing something to an insufficient amount

disrupt

to keep something from moving or growing

ecosystem

the complex of a community of organisms and its environment functioning as an ecological unit

emissions

something sent out or given off

energy -efficient

Energy efficient homes are composed of a network of elements working together to reduce the overall amount of energy consumption.

erosion

the process of slowly destroying the surface through wind or rain

fossil fuels

fuels (as coal, oil, or natural gas) formed in the earth from plant or animal remains

glacial melts

a large persistent body of ice (glacier) that is melting

greenhouse effect

warming of the surface and lower atmosphere of a planet (as Earth or Venus) that is caused by conversion of solar radiation into heat in a process involving selective transmission of short wave solar radiation by the atmosphere, its absorption by the planet's surface, and reradiation as infrared which is absorbed and partly reradiated back to the surface by atmospheric gases

habitats

places where plants and animals are found

incineration

the process of causing to burn to ashes

industrialize

to build and operate factories and businesses in a city, region, country, etc.

mitigate

to make something less harmful

ozone

a form of oxygen that is found in a loyer high in the earth's atmosphere

precipitation

the amount of rain or snow that falls

ramifications

unexpected results or consequences of an action

renewable

that can be replaced naturally

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