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Earth's Resources - Chap test on Thursday, March 13
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Any natural resource (as wood or solar energy) that can be replaced at the same rate at which the resource is consumed
A natural resource that cannot be replaced or that can be replaced only over thousands or millions of years.
Coal, oil, natural gas, and other fuels that are ancient remains of plants and animals.
An underground sand deposit permeated with a thick, asphalt-like oil known as bitumen. The bitumen can be separated from the sand by heating.
a soft, fine-grained sedimentary rock from which oil and natural gas are obtained.
An oily, dark-colored, flammable liquid found in the earth, consisting mainly of a mixture of various hydrocarbons. Gasoline, kerosene, fuel oil, paraffin, and lubricants are made from petroleum.
Sediment that leaves heavy minerals in places where the river slows down.
Energy from the sun
Energy stored in the nucleus of an atom
non-point source pollution
water pollution that does not have a specific point of origin
point source pollution
Pollutants discharged from a single identifiable location (e.g., pipes, ditches, channels, sewers, tunnels, containers of various types).
water that flows over the ground surface rather than soaking into the ground
Gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, water vapor, and ozone in the atmosphere which are involved in warming the Earth.
Change in the statistical properties of the climate system when considered over periods of decades
An increase in the average temperature of the earth's atmosphere (especially a sustained increase that causes climatic changes)
Conserving energy to lessen the amount of resources used.
Clean Air Act
Set emission standards for cars, and limits for release of air pollutants
Safe Drinking Water Act
(SDWA, 1974) set maximum contaminant levels for pollutants in drinking water that may have adverse effects on human health
Clean Water Act
(CWA, 1972) set maximum permissible amounts of water pollutants that can be discharged into waterways; aims to make surface waters swimmable and fishable
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
The CAA interrelates with many other Federal laws, including, management of non-hazardous and hazardous solid waste including landfills and storage tank
Convert waste into reusable material.
Harvesting only mature trees of certain species and size; usually more expensive then clear-cutting but it is less disruptive for wildlife and often better for forest regeneration
Plowing fields along the curves of a slope to prevent soil loss
cultivation of crops in strips following the contours of the land to minimize erosion
a mixture of decaying vegetation and manure
cutting all the trees in an area down at once
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