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Lab 1: Think Globally, Act Locally


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Much like a car or the human body, Earth is a complex system of interacting parts. Air, water, soil, and living things make up four overlapping, interconnected "spheres": the atmosphere, hydrosphere, pedosphere, and biosphere. The study of the processes that move energy and matter among these four spheres is called Earth system science.

In the first part of this lab, you will learn more about Earth system science and the four interconnected spheres that make up the Earth system. In the second part of the lab, you will visit and observe a local study site to familiarize yourself with the components of the Earth system and ways in which they interact and influence one another.

After completing this investigation, you should be able to:

Keeping Track of What You Learn

Throughout these labs, you will find two kinds of questions. Your teacher will let you know which answers you should record and turn in.

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