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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 1 Philosophy and Fundamental Concepts The Story of Easter Island Easter Island located off the coast of South America was settled about 1500 years ago. However, over-population coupled with a massive over-use of the natural resources resulted in quick loss of sustenance With deforestation, they did not have the raw materials to build boats or houses and the loss of top-soil resulted in barren land surface with no agricultural capability Very soon, villages began fighting with each other and everything came to an end. Are we on the same path on a global scale? Definitions Geology Science of processes related to the composition and structure of the Earth and its life Interdisciplinary science relying on aspects of chemistry, physics and biology Environmental Geology It is the use of geologic information to help us solve conflicts in land use, to minimize environmental degradation and maximize the beneficial uses of our natural and modified environment. How geologists work? The steps in the scientific method 8 Fundamental concepts of Environmental Science • Human population growth • Sustainability • Earth as a system imitation of resources • Limitation of resources • Uniformitarianism • Hazardous Earth processes • Geology as a basic environmental science • Our Obligation to the future 1. Human Population Growth 7 billion people How can we preserve resources?...
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2011 for the course GEOL 103 taught by Professor Lakshmi during the Spring '10 term at South Carolina.

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