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methane, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, and water vapor.
Traps heat by absorbing and releasing energy that warms the earth's temperature
Consists of the stratosphere (global sunscreen) and the troposphere (air we breathe and where weather occurs). It is the spherical envelope of gases surrounding earth's surface
contains all of the water on or near the earth's surface... ice, water vapor, and liquid water
does not cycle through the atmosphere
obtained from terrestrial rock formations and ocean bottom sediments
biologically important for producers and consumers
building block of life on earth
major cycle processes: aerobic respiration, photosynthesis, fossil fuel combustion and deforestation
powered by the sun
collects, purifies, and distributes water on our planet
evaporation, precipitation, transpiration
nutrients that continually move through air, water, soil, and living things in cycles within ecosystems
temporary STORAGE SITES where nutrients accumulate and remain for an extended amount of time
Net Primary Productivity (NPP)
The rate at which producers use photosynthesis to produce and store chemical energy minus the rate at which they store chemical energy through aerobic respiration... it measures how fast producers can produce and store chemical energy that other consumers need.
organic matter used as a fuel... the total quantity or weight of organisms in a given area/volume
pyramid of energy flow model
assumes that 90% energy loss occurs with each transfer for a simple food chain
invisible organisms that can either be bad (cause disease) or good (purify water, used in food, breakdown food, etc.)
bacteria, fungi, protozoa, phytoplankton
auto-trophs- feed themselves
make the nutrients they need from the compounds and energy in their environment... plants and algeas use sunlight and produce glucose
hetero-trophs (don't make their own food)
tertiary- higher meat-eaters
What are the three factors that sustain life on earth?
1. one-way flow of energy from the sun to living things
2. cycling of matter through different parts of the biosphere
contains parts of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.
very thin layer of intersection
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