Chapter 1 Basics of Geography


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Unformatted text preview: Impacts – Dynamic Changes • Earth system responds • to continuous short­term changes i.e.) Seasons, ocean tides, earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions – Long­term Changes • i.e.) World climates, drought cycles, rise or fall in sea levels, erosion of coastlines, the human factor The Environmental Science The Environmental Science Perspective • • • Environment, Ecosystems Life support systems Human – environmental interaction The Environmental Science Perspective • Physical Environment: surroundings defined by all physical, social, and cultural elements • Ecology: study of the relationship between organisms and their environments. • Ecosystem: community of organisms and their relationship to each other and the surrounding environment. – Example: The interaction of plants, animals, atmospheric patterns and water runoff in a tropical rainforest. The...
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