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Earth & Environmental Sciences
EESC 1175
Alan Kafka

Geoscience and Public Policy Chapter 1: Introduction to Earth Science • Earth Science: all sciences that collectively seek to understand Earth and its neighbors in space. o Geology: “study of Earth”  Physical Geology  examines material composing Earth and understands the processes that operate beneath and upon the surface.  Historical Geology  studies the origin of Earth and the development of the planet throughout its history. o Oceanography: the study of oceans with the combination of all sciences (chemistry, physics, etc.) o Meteorology: the study of the atmosphere and the processes that produce weather and climate o Astronomy: the study of the universe • Natural Hazards o Volcanoes, floods, tsunami, earthquakes,
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