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Earth Systems and Environment: Chapter 1

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The __________, which is the solid earth, is composed primarily of rock and regolith (the irregular blanket of loose, uncemented rock particles that covers the solid Earth).
Geosphere
The ___________ is the totality of the Earth's water, including oceans, lakes, streams, under- ground water, and all the snow and ice.
Hydrosphere
A scientific investigation provides understanding through ____________________________________________
experimental evidence
Formally, a _________ is defined as a group of interacting, or interdependent, parts that form a complex whole.
System
When a hypothesis has been examined and found to withstand numerous experimental tests and makes a fundamental generalization about nature, the hypothesis is classified as a _____________.
Theory
The __________ is the mixture of gases - predominantly nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide, and water vapor - that surrounds the earth
Atmosphere
A ______________________ is a statement that some aspect of nature is always observed to happen in the same way and no deviations have ever been seen
Scientific Law
A _____________ is a description of a theory or idea that accounts for all known properties
Model
The _________ is part of the Earth System, which lies beyond Earth's atmosphere, including the planets, stars, etc
exosphere
The first step of the scientific method takes place when an ___________ is made regarding some event or characteristic of the world.
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Science advances by the application of the __________________, a systematic approach to answering questions about the Universe
Scientific Method
The ___________ is the totality of the Earth's water, including oceans, lakes, streams, under- ground water, and all the snow and ice.
Hydrosphere
A scientific investigation provides understanding through ____________________________________________.
Experimental evidence
The __________ is the mixture of gases - predominantly nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide, and water vapor - that surrounds the earth.
Atmosphere
A ______________________ is a statement that some aspect of nature is always observed to happen in the same way and no deviations have ever been seen.
Scientific Law