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APES "A" words

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Aa
blocky lava
Abiotic
non-living
Acid rain
precipitation that incorporates anthropogenic acids and acidic materials; ph below 5, H2SO4; HNO3
Active Solar Heating
generally pump at a heat absorbing fluid medium through a small collector, such as air or water
Acute Toxicity
substances that are slightly harmful to your health when ingested or inhaled
Adaptation
modifying slightly to fit a new set of conditions
Amazon River
the largest river; runs through South America
Aerosol
Minute particles or liquid droplets suspended in the air
Aerobic
living or occurring only in the presence of oxygen
Air Mass
large volume of air defined by its temperature and water vapor content
Air pollution
damaging materials released into the environment
Algal Bloom
bloom of algae; caused by excess nutrients (nitrates and phosphates)
Alkalinity
level of alkaline in a substance; pH 7.1-14
Allelopathy
biochemical interactions among all types of plants including microorganisms
Albedo
a description of a surface's reflective properties
Ambient air
the air immediately around us
Ammonia
pungent colorless gas
Ammonification
ammonium compounds in the decomposition of organic matter
Anadromous Species
fresh water fish that swim to ocean, and return to fresh water
Anaerobic
lives or occurs without oxygen
Anthropogenic
human-caused or resulting from the influence of human beings
Aquifer
water-bearing layers of sand, gravel, and rock below Earth's surface
Aral Sea
4th largest lake in the world, no outlet, the evaporation keeps the water from rising
Army Corps of Engineers
provide vital public security, energize the economy, reduce risk for disasters
Arsenic
highly toxic metalloid widely spread through nature; in the soils in the West
Asbestos
fibris mineral that does not burn, utilized for fire protection
Ash
the remains of burned objects
Assimiliation
nitrogen compounds are incorporated into proteins & DNA
Aswan High Dam
It was built in 1956 to control the flooding of the Nile River. The dam gives Egyptian farmers a more dependable source of water for their crops. It also gives Egypt electrical power.
Atmosphere
a gasous layer that envelopes the Earth; N2 78%, O2 20.94%, Argon .9%, CO2 0.38%
Atmospheric inversion
warm layer traps a cool layer beneath it
Automobile emissions
variety of gasses caused by internal combustion engines (VOC, Nitrous Oxides, CO2, CO)