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A system is an organized group of related components that work together to carry out functions that the individual parts cannot do alone. The Earth System, like the human body system, are similar in that they comprise diverse parts that interact in complex ways. NASA scientists, as well as Eart
Perceiving Earth as a system begins when we first feel warmth from sunshine or get wet standing in the rain.
This photo of Earth taken in December 1968 by the Apollo 8 astronauts was the first time humans were able to see our home planet as an isolated sphere in space.
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.
Please consider using this graphic organizer to help students analyze the processes and components of Earth System phenomena.
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.
Our Earth is a dynamic system w
NASA visualizers take data – numbers, codes – and turn them into animations people can see and quickly understand. You can become a data visualizer by creating your own flipbook animations using maps of science variables that NASA scientists commonly study to better understand the Earth System.
The processes comprising the Earth’s environment are interconnected.