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ECL-wk01a - Todays Outline General Intro Stuff Components...

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1 1 Today’s Outline • General Intro Stuff • Components of the Earth System • Scientific Method • Open and Closed Systems • Examples of Interactions within Cycles – energy, hydrologic, nitrogen, rock cycles 2 The Earth System and Its Interconnected Parts • Geosphere – solid earth • Atmosphere – nitrogen, oxygen, argon, CO 2 , water vapor • Hydropshere – oceans, lakes, streams, groundwater, snow/ice • Biosphere – organisms, organic matter 3 The Scientific Method 4 The Scientific Method • Make observations • Generate questions • Formulate testable hypotheses • Design experiments to test hypotheses • Formation of a theory – What is a “theory”? • Formation of a law • Continual re-examination
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2 5 The System Concept • Isolated System (imaginary) • Closed System (exchange of energy but not matter) 6 An Open System • Evaporation • Precipitation • Transpiration • Solar radiation Box Models:
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2009 for the course GEOL 109 taught by Professor Surge during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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