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Unformatted text preview: Click to edit Master subtitle style 10/8/10 Science of Natural Systems NSC2004C Introduction to Earth Systems Science Instructor: Melissa Farrell Email: farrellm@dowling.edu 10/8/10 Outline What is a system (general definition) How is the Earth a system? What is a system (scientific definition) Types of systems: isolated, closed, and open What type of system is Earth? Environmental sustainability Energy and the Laws of Thermodynamics 10/8/10 What is a system? an assemblage or combination of things or parts forming a complex or unitary whole dictionary.com unabridged a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole Merriam-Webster dictionary 10/8/10 Understanding how the body works as a system helps to diagnose problems. Relate this idea to Earth (as a system) 10/8/10 10/8/10 Outline What is a system (general definition) How is the Earth a system? What is a system (scientific definition) Types of systems: isolated, closed, and open What type of system is Earth? Environmental sustainability Energy and the Laws of Thermodynamics 10/8/10 The Earth as a system What are the Earths main interacting parts? 10/8/10 10/8/10 Earths 4 main reservoirs 1. Atmosphere the mixture of gases surrounding the earth (e.g., N2, O2, CO2, H20, and Ar) 2. Hydrosphere Earths water supply (e.g., lakes, oceans, snow, ice, groundwater, etc.) 3. Lithosphere ( aka Geosphere ) nonliving solid matter (e.g., rock and regolith) *Flow of ENERGY and MATTER* 10/8/10 Outline What is a system (general definition) How is the Earth a system?...
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