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Energy from the Sun is the driver of many Earth System processes. This energy flows into the Atmosphere and heats this system up It also heats up the Hydrosphere and the land surface of the Geosphere, and fuels many processes in the Biosphere.
The Earth acts as a giant engine that uses solar power to move air in the atmosphere and water in the ocean.
Helping students build their understanding of Earth's spheres and how they are connected is difficult. Review the graphics below to help identify the parts of the Earth System and the processes that connect them at the local, regional, and global scales.
The processes comprising the Earth’s environment are interconnected.
NASA Worldview is a free online visualization tool that is a great launchpad for learners who are new (or