20 terms

chapter 3 "Environmental science" terms p.128

atmosphere (noun)
the whole mass of air surrounding the earth
deforestation (noun)
the act of cutting down trees
degrade (verb)
to damage something
reducing something to an insufficient amount
disrupt (verb)
to keep something from moving or growing
the complex of a community of organisms and its environment functioning as an ecological unit
emission (noun)
something sent out or given off
energy-efficient (adj)
energy efficient homes are composed of a netwok of elements working together to reduce the overall amount of energy consumption
erosion (noun)
the process of slowly destroying the surface through wind or rain
fossil fuels(noun)
fuels (as coal,oil,or natural gas) formed in the earth from plant or animal remains
glacial melts (noun)
a large persistent body of ice (glacier) that is melting
greenhouse effect (noun)
warming of the surface and lower atmospher of a planet (as earth or venus) that is caused by conversion of solar radiation into heat in a process involving selective transmission of short wave solar radiation by the atmosphere, its absorption by the planet's surface and reradiation as infrared which is absorbed and partly rera diated back to the surface by atmospheri gases
places where plants and animals are found
incineration (verb)
the process of causing to burn to ashes
to build and operate factories and businesses in a city,region, country, etc
mitigate (verb)
to make something less harmful
ozone (verb)
a form of oxygen that is found in a layer high in the earth's atmosphere
precipitation (noun)
the amount of rain or snow that falls
ramifications (noun)
unexpected results or consequences of an action
renewable (adj)
that can be replaced naturally