Introduction to the Earth System. Ellen Metzger Bay Area Earth Science Institute July 28-30, 2009 San Jose State University. The Earth System.
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Bay Area Earth Science Institute
July 28-30, 2009
San Jose State University
“Earth is a complex system of interacting physical, chemical and biological processes, and provides a natural laboratory whose experiments have been running since the beginning of time.”
with many separate, but
highly interacting parts or
studies Earth as a system
composed of numerous
parts, or subsystems.
Earth system science
Source : Dr. Rick Behl
CSU Long Beach
"The organizing power of the evolutionary paradigm...
is paralleled by the organizing power of an Earth system
Panel 1, Shaping the Future of Undergraduate Earth Science
1. Interactions of Spheres
Earth is made of several subsystems or spheres that interact to form a complex and continuously changing whole called the Earth system.
Scale of processes operating in the Earth system
vary from fractions of millimeters to thousands of
kilometers and from milliseconds to billions of
Rocks, minerals, and soils and the processes
that affect them
The Universe surrounding the Earth system