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The solid surface layer of the planet. It is a cool crust that surrounds the liquid and solid interior of Earth.
the water component of the Earth. It includes the oceans, seas, lakes, ponds, rivers and streams
all ecosystems. It can also be termed as the zone of life on Earth
Is the layer of gases surrounding planet Earth that is retained by Earth's gravity.
is the layer that makes up most of Earth's material. Deeper in the Earth
the outermost and thinnest layer. The two types are continental and oceanic
The Rock Cycle
continuous process by which rocks are created, changed from one form to another,destroyed, and then formed again.
formed by the deposition of sediment
produced under conditions involving intense heat, as rocks of volcanic origin or rocks crystallized from molten magma
Pertaining to or exhibiting structural change or metamorphism. Heat and pressure transforms rocks deep within the earth
The liquid and solid water particles that fall from clouds and reach the ground are known as precipitation
Air that has acquired a fairly uniform temperature and humidity over a large area of Earth's surface
The process by which oxygen released into the atmosphere by photosynthetic organisms taking up carbon dioxide and releasing the by-product of respiration.
all the living things and nonliving things in an area
The Water Cycle
the cycle of processes by which water circulates between the earth's oceans, atmosphere, and land, involving precipitation as rain and snow, drainage in streams and rivers, and return to the atmosphere by evaporation and transpiration
molten material beneath or within the earth's crust, from which igneous rock is formed.