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Chapter 3 "Environmental Science" Terms

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Atmosphere
The whole mass of air surrounding the earth.
Deforestation
The act of cutting don trees.
Degrade
To damage something.
Disrupt
To keep something from moving or growing.
Ecosystem
The complex of a community of organisms and its environment functioning as an ecological unit.
Depleting
Reducing something to an insufficient amount.
Emissions
Something sent out or given off.
Energy-efficient
Energy efficient homes are composed of a network of elements working together to reduce the overall amount of energy consumptions.
Erosion
The process of slowly destroying the surface through wind and rain.
Fossil Fuels
Fuels (as coal, oil, or natural gas) formed in the earth from planet or animal remains.
Glacial Melts
A large persistent body of ice (glacier) that is melting.
Greenhouse effects
warming the surface and lower atmosphere of a planet ( as earth or venus) that is caused by conversion of solar radiation into heat in a process invovling selective transmission of short wave solar radiation by the atmosphere, its absorption by the planets surface, and reradiation as infrared which is absorbed and partly reradiated back to the surface by atmospheric gases.
Habitats
Places where plants and animals are found.
Incineration
The process of causeing to burn to ashes.
Industrialize
To build operate factories and businesses in a city, region, country, etc.
Mitigate
To make something less harmful.
Ozone
A form of oxygen that is found in a layer high in the earth's atmosphere.
Ramifications
Unexpected results or consequences of an action.
Renewable
That can be replaced naturally.
Precipitation
The amount of rain or sno that falls.