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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