Chapter 3 "Environmental Science" Terms

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Atmosphere

The whole mass of air surrounding the earth.

Deforestation

The act of cutting don trees.

Degrade

To damage something.

Disrupt

To keep something from moving or growing.

Ecosystem

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

Depleting

Reducing something to an insufficient amount.

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 consumptions.

Erosion

The process of slowly destroying the surface through wind and rain.

Fossil Fuels

Fuels (as coal, oil, or natural gas) formed in the earth from planet or animal remains.

Glacial Melts

A large persistent body of ice (glacier) that is melting.

Greenhouse effects

warming 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 invovling selective transmission of short wave solar radiation by the atmosphere, its absorption by the planets 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 causeing to burn to ashes.

Industrialize

To build 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 layer high in the earth's atmosphere.

Ramifications

Unexpected results or consequences of an action.

Renewable

That can be replaced naturally.

Precipitation

The amount of rain or sno that falls.

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