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APES McClellan QUIZ #1
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a body of permeable rock that can contain or transmit groundwater.
production of electric current at the junction of two substances exposed to light
seriously at risk of extinction.
a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding
a synthetic organic compound used as an insecticide. Like other chlorinated aromatic hydrocarbons, DDT tends to persist in the environment and become concentrated in animals at the head of the food chain. Its use is now banned in many countries.
a combustible black or dark brown rock consisting mainly of carbonized plant matter, found mainly in underground deposits and widely used as fuel.
a hard crystalline metamorphic form of limestone, typically white with mottlings or streaks of color, that is capable of taking a polish and is used in sculpture and architecture.
another term for cougar.
a large open area of grassland, especially in the Mississippi River valley.
the study of statistics such as births, deaths, income, or the incidence of disease, which illustrate the changing structure of human populations.
a viscous liquid derived from petroleum, especially for use as a fuel or lubricant
a storm with a violent wind, in particular a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean.
a bloodsucking bug that is a parasite of birds and mammals.
a barrier constructed to hold back water and raise its level, the resulting reservoir being used in the generation of electricity or as a water supply.
relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.
a single-celled marine flagellate that secretes a calcareous shell, forming an important constituent of the phytoplankton.
of, containing, or of the nature of bitumen.
Similar in structure and size to Earth, Venus spins slowly in the opposite direction most planets do. Its thick atmosphere traps heat in a runaway greenhouse effect, making it the hottest planet in our solar system with surface temperatures hot enough to melt lead. Glimpses below the clouds reveal volcanoes and deformed mountains.
A J curve is any of a variety of J-shaped diagrams where a curve initially falls, then steeply rises above the starting point (human population)
a gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect by absorbing infrared radiation, e.g., carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons.
relating to the natural world and the impact of human activity on its condition.
moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity.
land as opposed to the sea or another body of water.
graze (grassland) so heavily that the vegetation is damaged and the ground becomes liable to erosion
any of the almost spherical concentric regions of matter that make up the earth and its atmosphere, as the lithosphere and hydrosphere.
the process or industry of obtaining coal or other minerals from a mine.
a psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation.
any organic compound whose molecule contains one or more phosphate ester groups, especially a pesticide of this kind.
process in which sediments compact under pressure, expel connate fluids, and gradually become solid rock.
relating to the ideas, customs, and social behavior of a society
the study of human societies and cultures and their development.
the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property.
One of the world's largest aquifers, spanning 8 states but starting to run dry due to overuse
a soft brownish coal showing traces of plant structure, intermediate between bituminous coal and peat.
perceptible by comparison; relative
is the scientific study of planets (including Earth), moons, and planetary systems (in particular those of the Solar System) and the processes that form them.
bird of prey, national bird, began to die as DDT build up in the food hierarchy
a device that converts the wind's kinetic energy into electrical energy
the branch of science concerned with the processes and phenomena of the atmosphere, especially as a means of forecasting the weather.
materials or substances such as minerals, forests, water, and fertile land that occur in nature and can be used for economic gain.
the process of dealing with or controlling things or people
American ecologist and philosopher who warned of the dangers of overpopulation.
the using up of a resource.
a hard sedimentary rock, composed mainly of calcium carbonate or dolomite, used as building material and in the making of cement.
old sunlight that grew plants which turned into coal and oil to be used as fuel
a large American wild cat with a plain tawny to grayish coat, found from Canada to Patagonia
a substance used for destroying insects or other organisms harmful to cultivated plants or to animals.
Overfishing is a form of overexploitation where fish stocks are reduced to below acceptable levels.
the science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products.
avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.
two exclusively Asian species of extant great apes.
a natural fuel such as coal or gas, formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms
the concentration of toxins in an organism as a result of its ingesting other plants or animals in which the toxins are more widely disbursed
a medium-sized or large wild cat, especially a cougar.
geologic time scale
a system of chronological dating that relates geological strata (stratigraphy) to time, and is used by geologists, paleontologists, and other Earth scientists to describe the timing and relationships of events that have occurred during Earth's history.
growth whose rate becomes ever more rapid in proportion to the growing total number or size.
coal of a hard variety that contains relatively pure carbon and burns with little flame and smoke
the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture.
alteration of the composition or structure of a rock by heat, pressure, or other natural agency
earth systems science
is the application of systems science to the Earth sciences. In particular, it considers interactions between the Earth's "spheres"—atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, pedosphere, biosphere, and, even, the magnetosphere—as well as the impact of human societies on these components.
relating to or concerned with the relation of living organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.
the impact on the environment of human activity in terms of pollution, damage to ecosystems, and the depletion of natural resources.
the process by which plant remains become coal
the gaseous envelope surrounding the earth; the air.
the process of change from an agrarian and handicraft economy to one dominated by industry and machine manufacturing
any of a large group of pesticides and other synthetic organic compounds with chlorinated aromatic molecules.
relating to or denoting the generation of electricity using flowing water (typically from a reservoir held behind a dam or other barrier) to drive a turbine that powers a generator.
preservation, protection, or restoration of the natural environment, natural ecosystems, vegetation, and wildlife.
any geological formation that absorbs and holds water but does not transmit it at a sufficient rate to supply springs, wells, etc.
"better living through chemistry"
variant of a DuPont advertising slogan, "Better Things for Better Living...Through Chemistry." DuPont adopted it in 1935 and it was their slogan until 1982 when the "Through Chemistry" part was dropped. Since 1999, their slogan has been "The miracles of science
type of coal whose properties range from those of lignite to those of bituminous coal and are used primarily as fuel for steam-electric power generation.
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