When we study Earth science, what we are really studying is a vast jumble of interconnected systems that function together.
For example, rivers transport water from inland mountains to coastal plains, but they also carry sediments to be deposited on the sea floor as part of the rock cycle … dissolved nitrogen to fertilize (or over-fertilize) the river deltas … organic carbon to nourish the deep ocean bottom…
The way in which the various components interact is staggering to comprehend even for the initiated scientist. It is through the understanding of these cycles that environmental professionals are able to make predictions about the condition of the biosphere in the future.
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Carbon is the building block of life. Without it, there would be no organic chemistry, and therefore no life as we know it.
IBIS stands for the Integrated Biosphere Simulator and it is a computer model used to model the Earth’s biosphere.
Ozone is gas that natually occurs in our atmosphere. Chemically speaking, it is a molecule containing three oxygen atoms.
Like any budget, the Earth’s radiation budget represents a balance between incoming and outgoing stuff. In this case that stuff is radiation.