Geo1 - Chapter 1: The Earth System - Geology science that...

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Chapter 1: The Earth System - Geology – science that studies Earth: how it was born, evolved, works, and how we can help preserve its habitats for life - 4.5 billion years ago- earth and other planets formed - 3 billion years ago- living cells developed on Earth’s surface - Geosystems I. The Scientific Method a. General plan based on methodical observations and experiments b. Hypothesis- tentative explanation based on data collected through observations and experiments c. Theory- set of hypotheses that has survived repeated challenges and accumulated a substantial body of experimental support i. Can never be considered finally proved d. Scientific model- knowledge based on many hypotheses and theories e. “In science…the work of the individual is so bound up with that of his scientific predecessors and contemporaries that it appears almost as an impersonal product of his generation.” – Einstein II. Earth’s Shape and Surface a. Geodesy- a very old branch of Earth science that
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course GEOL 1301 taught by Professor Karlsson during the Fall '07 term at Texas Tech.

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Geo1 - Chapter 1: The Earth System - Geology science that...

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