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Title: What is Whole Earth System Science?


1
What is Whole Earth System Science?
2
Whole Earth System Science Is
  • The concept that the earth is comprised of
    interacting components or subsystems.

3
The Main Systems
  • Biosphere the realm of all living things on
    earth, including humans.
  • Geosphere the realm of all non-living aspects
    of the earth. The geosphere is divided into 3
    subsystems
  • The lithosphere
  • The atmosphere
  • The hydrosphere

4
The 4 Spheres
Lithosphere
Biosphere
Atmosphere
Hydrosphere
5
The BiosphereLife sphere
  • The biosphere consists of the totality of life
    forms on earth.
  • This includes all plants, animals, and humans.

6
The LithosphereLand sphere
  • The lithosphere is the rigid outer layer of the
    earth that includes the crust and uppermost part
    of the mantle.

7
The AtmosphereAir sphere
  • The atmosphere is the gaseous portion of the
    planet, the planets envelope of air.

8
The HydrosphereWater sphere
  • The hydrosphere is the water portion of the
    planet.
  • This includes all oceans, lakes, rivers, streams,
    ponds, snow, ice.

9
The CryosphereFrozen sphere
  • The cryosphere is the collective term for all the
    ice and snow on the earth.
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