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Unit 3--Human Environment Interaction

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desertification
process in which arable land is turned into desert
deforestation
the loss or destruction of forests, mainly for logging or farming
desalination
the removal of salt from the seawater to make it usable for drinking and farming
renewable resources
Any natural resource that can replenish itself in a relatively short period of time, usually no longer than the length of a human life.
non-renewable resources
a resource that takes so long to form that it can't be replaced. Oil, which takes millions of years to form, is such a resource.
environment
All of the surrounding things, conditions, and influences affecting the growth or development of living things.
recycle
The process of making new products from materials that were used in another product.
conserve
Protect something (esp. an environmentally important place or thing) from harm or destruction.
consume
to use (fuel, resources, goods, etc.)
sustainability
The ability to keep in existence or maintain. A sustainable ecosystem is one that can be maintained
natural resource
substance from the earth that is not made by people but can be used by them
urban
of, relating to, or designating a city or town
suburban
refers to a residential area existing as a separate residential community within commuting distance of a city
rural
of, relating to, or characteristic of the country, country life, or country people
local
refers to one's immediate surroundings
global
A force or process that involves the entire world and results in making something worldwide in scope.
sovereignty
Ability of a state to govern its territory free from control of its internal affairs by other states.