22 terms

ES Topic 1 Vocab

Based on Prentice Hall Brief Review for Earth Science
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Classification
Grouping of similar characteristics together to make more meaningful
Measurement
Expressing an observation with greater accuracy or precision
Observation
Perception of some aspects of the environment by using senses
Inference
Interpretation, conclusion
Mass
Amount of matter in an object
Cyclic change
Repeating pattern, orderly repetition
Prediction
Inference about the future
Dynamic equilibrium
Balance of opposing forces, balancing out
Volume
Space an object occupies
Rate of change
Change in field value over some time period
Density
Concentration of matter, ratio of mass to volume
Natural hazard
Non-human process which may cause loss of life
Pollution
Concentration of material having an adverse effect
Percent deviation
Measurement differed from standard or accepted value
Instrument
Device used to extend the senses
Interface
Boundary where energy is exchanged
Universe
Totality of all things that exist
Natural resource
Material found in environment that humans can use
Geology
the study of the physical nature, structure, and history of the earth
Oceanography
the scientific study of the oceans and oceanic phenomena
Meteorology
Science dealing with the atmosphere and weather
Astronomy
the branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole.
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