oceans, lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water that make up part of the Earth
Hydrosphere
land that makes up part of earth
Lithosphere
layer of gases extending above the planets surface
Atmosphere
part of Earth that supports life
Biosphere
narrow strip of land
Isthmus of Panama
underwater extention of the coastal plain
Continental shelf
a narrow, underwater canyon
Mariana Trench
continents were once joined and then slowly drited apart
continental drift
the heavier sea plate dives beneath the lighter continental plate
subduction
pieces of the earths crust come together slowly as the sea plates slide under the continental plate
accretion
sea plates that pull apart
spreading
moving plates that sometime squeeze the earths surface until it folds
folds
plates that grind or slide past eachother creating cracks in the earths crust
faults
earthquake prone areas and volvanic activity around perimeter of pacific ocean
ring of fire
breaks down rocks
weathering
wears away earths surface by wind, glaciers, and moving water
erosion
water flow or wind that removes soil, rock, or dissolved material from one location on the earths crust way to another place
water erosion
freshwater that lies beneath the earths surface
groundwater
an underground porous rock layer often satruated by very slow flows of water
aquifer