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Seashores and Estuaries Seashore biomes do not have a specific ________. . _____ are a characteristic of a seashore with harder grounds. . An Estuary is a highly productive ________, just as a seashore. . A seashore with temperate waters and hard rock grounds are highly ___________.. Estuaries can have the characteristics of marine and ___________ biomes. . Big
Seasons Moon Phases & Tides more than half but less then fully illuminated . the appearance of the illuminated portion of the moon as seen by an observer on Earth. either of the two moments of the year when the sun crosses the celestial equator. the motion of an object around its own axis. the phase of the moon in which it is visible as a fully illuminated disk; occurs when the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth. Hard
Sedimentary Rock The dropping of rock when wind or water slows down or ice melts.. A fine-grained, clastic sedimentary rock composed of mud and a mix of flakes of clay minerals and tiny pieces.. Forms from the remains of plants and animals.. Rock made by sediments that are mechanically weathered, transported and deposited.. The movement of sediments to a new location.. Big
Shoreline Erosion and Depostion Form when a sea cliff is worn back. An exposed sandbar that is connected to the shoreline. Offshore columns of resistant rock that were once connected to the mainland. Form when wave action continues to erode a sea cave. An underwater or exposed ridge of sand, gravel, or shell material. Big
Soil Animal that helps break down soil. Fungi that helps break down compost. Rock layer that is partially broken down. Rich in minerals but has a few dead plants. Lowest layer of soil. Older Children
Soil and Plants the male part of flower where pollens made. roots keep soil in place. leave old crop on field to cover soil. contains eggs. female part of flower contains ovules devolps into fruit. Big
Soil Conservation Used to loosen surface soil prepare the seed bed and control weeds and pest. What percent is cropland?. What percent of public water supplies contains atrazine. what are depressions in the land called?. If waterways are maintained correctly what does it speed up?. Big
Soil Layers soil made up of about equal parts of clay, sand, and silt; ideal for most plants. the loose layer of dead plant leaves and stems on the surface of the soil. solid layer of rock beneath the soil, soil is always being formed whenever it is exposed. decayed matter in soil. It adds nutrients to soil it is located in the topsoil. clay and other particles washed down from the A horizon, little humus; the B horizon. Older Children
Soil Nutrient Management the macronutrients nitrogen, phosphorus and/or potass. application of liquid fertilizers alongside each plant without disturbing plant roots or surface residue cover left by conservation tillag. a slurry of manure and sewage sludge . the growth factor (temperature, nitrogen or water supply) that limits the amount of growth that can occur in a plant . nutrients in the runoff water coming from the landscape. Hard
Soil Organisms Group of soil organisms with the largest numbers in the soil. Organism that feeds on the debris of dead tissues left by plants on the soil surface. Microscopic, unsegmented roundworms. Highly toxic chemicals produced by some fungi. Group of filamentous bacteria that are often branched (look like tiny fungi). Hard
Soils Fungi, protazoa, and _________ are components of life in the soil. This soil makes up over 500,000 acres of prime farmland in Ky.. This is a desirable soil which combines the three textural classification of the soil. We discussed how soils are classified by their. The drainage component of Crider. Big
Soils the breaking down of rock material. the study of soil formation. the ease with which soil may be tilled and the timing of working the soil after a rain. a small section of soil extending from the surface to the depth of root penetration. the ability of a soil to retain water for use by plants. Big
Solar Energy scatter incident light and absorb some of the sun's energy. around 15% to 18% efficient at converting solar energy to electricity. invisible waves of heat. heat engine operated by cylinder expansion that provides mechanical energy or produces electricity. most effecient solar technology. Hard
Sustainability a natural resource rich in biodiversity. protecting resources for the future generations. if we destroy this it will be very difficult to live. a beautiful place full of nature. an example of a fossil fuel. Big
Sustainable Forms of Energy Hydro power that converts the energy obtained from tides into useful forms of power, mainly electricity.. A panel designed to absorb the sun's rays as a source of energy for generating electricity or heating.. Electricity obtained by harnessing the power of water flowing down from a high level. Ecological _________.. To supply with mechanical or electrical energy.. Big
Systems: Earth the geological process in which sediments, soil and rocks are added to a landform through wind or ice. the weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long period of time. a limited supply of a resource. The supply comes from the earth itself, and it takes millions of years to develop. the solid part of the earth consisting of the crust and outer mantle. a natural fuel such as coal or gas, formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms. Big
Temperate Deciduous Forest An ______ is a common type of tree found in the forest.. The trees loose there leaves in _________ as it is hard the trees to absorb water as the group is frozen.. The ____________ temperate deciduous forest is the only unique one.. Some of the animals that live in the forest _____________ in winter.. The largest threat to the temperate deciduous forest is ________________.. Hard
Temperate Deciduous Forests The _____ is a common type of tree found in the forest.. A __________ temperate deciduous forest is found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.. Some of the animals that live in the forest ___________ in winter.. Temperate deciduous forets recieve 750 - 1,500 ml of rain _________.. The largest threat to the temperate deciduous forest is ___________.. Older Children
Temperature Four divisions of a year marked by weather patterns. A piece of equipment that controls the temperature of a building. You can do this to get from fahrenheit . The average temperature of a certain place over time. The mercury _ _ _ _ _ when it gets warmer. Older Children
The Carbon Cycle The name given to an animal that feeds on other animals. This human activity involves removing large amounts of plant life. The scientific term for burning. Due to the ability of carbon dioxide to hold heat, it is known as a ______________ gas. Fossil fuels from due to a lack of this. Big
The Carbon Cycle Complete the crossword using the clues relating to the carbon cycle An animal that breaks down dead plant and animal material. The burning of fossil fuels. A gas containing carbon. The organelle where respiration takes place. The break down of glucose inside cells to release energy. Hard
The Dynamic Earth Match the definitions with the correct vocabulary word. The solid part of the Earth that consists of all rock, as well as the soils and loose rocks on Earth's surface.. The process where larger droplets fall from clouds as rain, snow, sleet, or hail.. Earth's innermost layer.. Earth is surrounded by a mixture of gases known as the __________.. The removal and transport of surface material.. Hard
The Earth inner layer of earth. top layer of mantle made of hard rock. middle layer of mantle made of soft, hot rock. bottom layer of mantle made of hard rock. outside layer of the earth. Big
The Environment General weather conditions in a particular place.. To use again. A chemical or natural substance added to soil . Destruction of forests . Rubbish or waste. Older Children
The Environment the action of clearing a wide area of trees.. a luxuriant, dense forest rich in biodiversity, found typically in tropical areas (2 words). a combustible black or dark brown rock consisting chiefly of carbonized plant matter used as fuel. a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a shortage of water.. the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organization, or community (2 words). Hard
The Environment To remove something from the earth, like a tree. Causing little or no damage to the environment, therefore able to continue for a long time. To return to your usual state or activities after having a problem. The general weather conditions usually found in a particular place. To provide the money for an event, organization or activity. Big
The Geosphere the mostly solid rocky part of the Earth extends from the center of the core to the surface of the crust. The central part of the Earth below the mantle . a mixture of gases that surrounds a planet or moon. : The process by which wind, water, ice, or gravity transports soil and sediment from one location to another . The thin and solid outermost layer of the Earth above the mantle . Older Children
The Rainforest The loss or destruction of trees.. 1,800 species of insects were found in only 2.5 acres of forest in this country. . Destroying rainforests can increase __________ _________.. Mining companies cut down trees in search of this.. This is one of the most important rainforest products.. Big
The Restless Earth The second wave that arrives after an earthquake; can only pass through solid. Magma that reaches the surface . A crack in the Earth's crust. Crust that is under the ocean . Seismic wave that occurs at or near the surface of the Earth. Hard
The Restless Earth Please Complete the Puzzle Below Seismic waves are a result of. break in a body of rock. ________ boundry, formed by collision of 2 plates. ________ boundry, space between 2 plates moving apart. Center of the Earth. Hard
The Rock Cycle when the rock stops. a piece of ice. the study of rocks. contains fossils. when weathering and this work together to form a sedimentary rock. Older Children
The Sea im squishy and have the same name as what you use in the kitchen sink. my tail has a poison spike. i have 8 legs. my name is like something you use in a salad. dangerous in the sea. Older Children
The Soil Scoops the rock formation that is the source of mineral fragments. this is what soil particles are made out of. this has a grayish brownish color and is less than .002 mm wide. this is the layer of rock below the soil. this has a grayish color and is less than .05 mm wide . Older Children
The Value of Upcycling very big; enormous. the long, dried stems of plants such as wheat; also a thin plastic or paper tube used to drink. something of value. how useful or important something is; how much money something could be sold for. a picture made with small pieces of colored stones, glass, tiles, etc.. Teenage
The Water Cycle Water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes . Rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. A visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere. The journey water takes as it circulates from the land to the sky and back again.. Water entering the ground. Older Children
The Water Cycle Water in the form of gas. frozen or partly frozen rain. Flakes of frozen water. Water not able to soak into the soil. When the sun's heat changes liquid water into a gas. Older Children
The Water Cycle Where water is stored in the sky. Water in gas form. Water caught by builings and vegetation before reaching the ground. The movement of water between stores. The transfer of water droplets to the land. Big
The Water Cycle Water Cycle water in the form of a gas. water that flows over the surface of the land but does not evaporate or soak into the ground. water in the atmosphere that falls to Earth as rain, snow, hail or sleet. the constant movement of water between Earth's surface and the atmosphere. when a liquid changes slowly into a gas . Older Children
Tissues Plants and Animal tissue Blood,bones,cartilage,ligaments and tendons are examples of this type of tissue. Transportation of soluble organic compounds made during photosynthesis. Presence of this chemical in cork cells makes them impervious to water and gases. Bone cells are also known as. Cells which perform functions like protection,secretion and absorption. Hard
Tornados Use each hint to solve the word indicates that tornadoes may occur in the next several hours in a specific area . a dangerous windstorm whose clouds are shaped like a funnel. a whirling mass of air. a scale that tells how severe a tornado is based on wind speed and damage being caused. a cone shaped cloud. Older Children
Toxins red water from toxins. poisonous material. very toxic mud. chimmneys that produce air pollution. toxins in air. Older Children
Trees orange pigments that exist in some plants. red pigments that are produced by leaves of some trees in the fall. a chemical that shows as a color. a seed with a papery covering that can be carried by the wind. a hard, woody part of a cone that protects a developing seed. Big
Trees & Forests the top of a tree which forms the canopy. growing part of a tree where cells form wood. the non living wood making up most of a tree stem which strengthens the stem. living components of an environment. a tree which bears cones and has needles (ie pine, spruce, fir) aka evergreens. Hard
Tropical Grassland and Savanna Complete the crossword below by answering the clues and filling the letter in the boxes Tropical grasslands and Savannah can support great seasonal abundance of large, migratory................... as well as substantial populations of resident animals.. ......................... can turn a forest into a savanna by stripping the bark from the trees, knocking over trees, and tramping on tree seedlings.. Another word for the two star signs that run parallel on Earth. Plants must................. in order to survive the dry season and periodic fires. Savannas exist in areas where there is a................... wet summer season and a dry winter season. Big
Tropical Rain Forest Lakes, ponds, and rivers. Dense covering formed by the leafy tops of tall rain forest trees.. The largest number of species lives in this biome.The temperature remains around 30 degrees C throughout the year.This biome receives the most rainfall.. This biome receives no more than 25 centimeters per year.The temperature is extreme,being blazing hot during the day,and cold at night.. A layer of soil just below the earth's surface that stays permanently frozen found in tundra. Hard
Tropical Rainforests What is the biggest rainforest ?. What leaves have a waxy surface and pointed tips at the end?. How man seasons does the rainforest have.. Fallen leaves, dead animals and plants decay very quickly here.. Thick waxy leaves are found in the...layer.. Older Children
Tropical Rainforests a person, animal or plant belonging to a place . a protective cover. making little or no noise, carried out secretly. the main supporting stem of a tree. a cold-blooded animal that breeds in water eg. frogs, toads, salamanders. Big
Tsunami Another word for destroy. Where you find seashells. Eathquake, Tsunami, Flood, wildfire. A big wave. a sport where you make 2 or 3 points per score. Big
Tundra It is the______ place on earth. The tundra is the____ place on earth. There is a layer of permanently frozen soil called ____. Most tundras receive little____. Tundra with mountains is called______. Hard
Under the Sea Layer of the ocean that gets filtered light. A vessel used to explore the ocean. Ocean on the west coast of the U.S.. Ocean on the east coast of the U.S.. Percent of the earth covered with oceans. Older Children
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