Human Impact on Environment and Resources Vocabulary Unit 2

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Flashcards on Human Impact on Environment and Resources Vocabulary Unit 2, created by Trevor McKeown on 04/22/2024.
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Flashcards by Trevor McKeown, updated 3 months ago
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Resources a physical material that humans need and value such as land, air, and water
Water Pollution the release of substances into bodies of water that makes water unsafe for human use and disrupts aquatic ecosystems
Purification the removal of impure elements from something
Fossil Fuels compound mixtures made of fossilized plant and animal remnants from millions of years ago
Greenhouse Gases gases in the earth's atmosphere that trap heat
Carbon Cycle the process that moves carbon between plants, animals, and microbes; minerals in the earth; and the atmosphere
Carbon Dioxide Colorless and non-flammable gas at normal temperature and pressure. Produced from breathing and from burning certain substances called fossil fuels
Biosphere the region of the earth that encompasses all living organisms: plants, animals and bacteria
Atmosphere A blanket of gases that surrounds Earth. It is held near the surface of the planet by Earth's gravitational attraction.
Smog air pollution that reduces visibility
Combustion a chemical process in which a substance reacts rapidly with oxygen and gives off heat
Respiration The process by which organisms exchange gases, especially oxygen and carbon dioxide, with the environment
Decomposition the process by which dead organic substances are broken down into simpler organic or inorganic matter
Recycling the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products
Floodplain a generally flat area of land next to a river or stream
Gradient a measurement of how much something changes as you move from one region to another
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