Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Earth Science Week - Monday

Happy Earth Science Week 2014!

What is Earth Science?  The short answer is that Earth Science is the study of the Earth and its neighbors in space.

Earth Science is generally divided into four disciplines:

Geology (the study of the earth) is a science that deals with the study of the Earth's materials, structures, and processes.

Lichen covered granite - Cadillac Mountain, Acadia NP, Maine

Meteorology is a science that deals with the study of atmosphere and how processes in the atmosphere affect weather and climate (long term weather patterns).

Early morning clouds - Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Oceanography is a science that involves the study of Earth's oceans and seas and their composition, patterns, and processes.  This science also includes the study of the organisms that inhabit the oceans.

Atlantic Ocean shoreline - Acadia NP, Maine

Astronomy is the study of the universe.  It includes the study of how nearby celestial bodies influence the Earth.

Night Sky (20 July 2007) - Munising, Michigan

To learn more about Earth Science please check out this series of videos produced by the American Geosciences Institute.

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