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20 terms

chapter 3

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atmosphere
the mass of air surrounding the Earth
deforestation
the removal of trees
degrade
lower the grade of something
depleting
reducing something to an insufficient amount
disrupt
interfere in someone else's activity
ecosystems
communities of living species and their physical environments
emissions
gases released into the air, especially by cars and factories
energy-efficient
provide less
erosion
erosion by chemical action
glacial melts
Melting glaciers
greenhouse gasses
the gases in the atmosphere that trap and radiate heat; water vapor, co2, chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's), methane, nitrous oxide
habitats
places where animals or plants naturally live and grow
fossil fuel
fuel consisting of the remains of organisms preserved in rocks in the earth's crust with high carbon and hydrogen content
incineration
Burning of waste
industrialized
having industries for the machine production of goods
mitigate
make less severe or harsh
ozone
a colorless gas (O3) soluble in alkalis and cold water
precipitation
the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)
ramifications
consequences
renewable
capable of being renewed