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.