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Lee 1Yujun LeeProfessor Steven BelindaGEOG 22 March 2017Earth is closed system or open systemTo determine whether Earth qualifies as an open or closed system is to first delineatethe set of elements that constitute Earth and then discern whether qualities attributable to itmore closely align with those qualities of open or closed systems. Depending on themethodology by which criteria is validated for consideration, Earth can satisfy the definitionsof both open and closed systems; for an overwhelming majority of both history and thepresent day, Earth has functioned and functions as a closed system—but with respect tostatistical minutiae, in the form of both human-generated activity and naturally occurringevents, Earth occasionally manages to function as an open system as well.In the generalized, planetary sense, i.e. when regarding Earth as a system definedonly by naturally occurring, non-engineered processes, the attributes of a closed system mostaccurately describe the relationship governing the transfer of mass and energy between the

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