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Chapter 3 Environmental Science

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atmosphere
the mass of air surrounding a planet
deforestation
The removal of trees
degrade
to lower in dignity or esteem; insult
depleting
reducing something to an insufficent amount
disrupt
to break up, disturb
ecosystems
All the living and non-living things that interect in an area.
emissions
pollutants that are released into the air
energy-efficient
Energy efficient homes are composed of a network of elements working together to reduce the overall amount of energy consumption.
erosion
the wearing away of soil and rock particles by waves, wind, running water, or glaciers
fossil fuels
coal, oil, natural gas, and other fuels that are ancient remains of plants and animals.
glacial melts
a large persistent body of ice (glacier) that is melting
greenhouse gases
Gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, water vapor, and ozone in the atmosphere which are involved in the greenhouse effect.
habitats
places where animals or plants naturally live and grow
incineration
The burning of solid waste
industrialized
an economy based on industry, not agriculture
mitigate
To make less severe
ozone
atmospheric gas (O3) that absorbs ultraviolet radiation, shielding organisms from its damaging effects
precipitation
rain, snow, sleet, or hail
ramifications
consequences
renewable
resource that can be replaces relatively quickly by natural process