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Earth Systems Overview - Chapter Summary
This overview simplifies the process of understanding Earth systems. Examine the closed system, the four spheres of Earth and their interactions by exploring our fun and engaging lessons. When finished with this chapter, you will have the knowledge to:
- Define a closed system and explain why Earth is this type of system
- Describe the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere
- Explain how and why the four spheres of Earth interact with each other
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1. Why is Earth a Closed System?
After completing this lesson, you'll understand why the earth is a closed system inside the universe, but an open system inside the earth's atmosphere. You'll learn the one defining characteristic that makes a closed system.
2. The Four Spheres of Earth: Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Atmosphere
Earth is made up of four distinct yet connect spheres. In this video lesson, you will learn about where each sphere is found on Earth, as well as some features commonly found in each.
3. Interactions of Earth's Spheres: Purpose and Examples
The four spheres of Earth drive all of its processes and support life on our unique planet. In this video lesson, you will see examples of how Earth's spheres interact with each other to form an overall complex and connected system.
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- Human Impacts on Earth Systems
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- The Interior of the Earth
- Plate Tectonics Theory
- Earthquakes & Volcanoes Overview
- Hydrogeology Overview
- Oceans & Climate
- Weather and Storms
- The Earth & Sun as a Part of a Galaxy
- Basics of Earth History & Geologic Time
- Climate Change
- Transformation of Matter & Energy in Cells
- Living Organism Composition
- Interdependence of Living Systems & the Environment
- Ecosystems & Populations
- DNA & Mutations
- Mitosis & Meiosis
- Evolution & Biodiversity
- Physics & the Motion of Objects
- The Physics of Forces & Motion
- Forms of Energy
- Basics of Waves
- Light, Electricity & Nuclear Reactions
- Energy Transfer & Conservation
- Properties & States of Matter
- Chemical Changes in Matter
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