Environmental Scienc

Term Definition
environmental science study of how humans interact with the environment
environment the surroundings of an organism that affect its life and development
natural resource any natural substance that humans use such as sunlight, soil, water, plants, and animals.
nonrenewable resources resources that can be used up faster than they can be replenished naturally, such as coal, oil, and natural gas.
renewable resources abundant natural resources that are continually produced , such as trees and sunlight.
biosphere the layer around the earth in which life occurs naturally extending from about 8 km above the earth to the deepest part of the ocean, which is about 8 km deep.
develped countries highly industrialized countries with high incomes and high standards of living.
developing countries less inustrialized countries in which the average income and standard of living are low.
population crisis situation in which the number of people grows so quickly that a region cannot support them.
consumption crisis situation in which natural resources are being used up wasted or polluted faster than they can be renewed, replaced, or cleaned up.
sustainable world world in which human populations can continue to exist indefinitely with a high standard of living and health.
applied science study and activity that uses information engineering and medicine
ecology the study of how living things interact with each other and with their nonliving environments
experiment activity designed to test a hypothesis under controlled conditions
hypothesis a testable explanation for a specific problem or question based on what has already been learned.
pure science study and activity that seek answers to questions about how the world works examples are biology and phsics.

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