earth science


: any of the sciences (such as geology, meteorology, or oceanography) that deal with the earth or with one or more of its parts compare geoscience
earth scientist noun

Examples of earth science in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Gary Griggs, a professor of earth sciences at UC Santa Cruz, explained, that is mainly because California is young — in a geological sense — and still settling in. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2024 After graduating from the State University of New York at Geneseo, Moriarty began teaching earth science as a 22-year-old at a junior high school in Webster, N.Y. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2024 Leslie Sonder, an associate professor of earth sciences at Dartmouth specializing in geodynamics, said the eastern U.S. typically experiences small and moderate earthquakes — and far less frequently than the West — because the nearest plate boundary is way off in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2024 Meet the experts: J. Matthew Davis, PhD, is an associate professor at University of New Hampshire’s department of earth sciences, and an expert in groundwater hydrology. Sophia Panych, Allure, 2 Apr. 2024 Andrea Thompson is an associate editor covering the environment, energy and earth sciences. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 23 Jan. 2024 Far fewer students take the electives than take biology, chemistry or physics, but the earth science and environmental science course standards were the only ones that already mentioned climate change. Katie Worth, Scientific American, 20 June 2022 Years ago, Jessica Blotter was an earth science teacher, and as such, someone who regularly thought about the health of the planet and all the living things that call it home. Chelsee Lowe, Travel + Leisure, 6 Sep. 2023 Heritage studies, sleep, earth sciences, engineering, education, oncology, sociology, climate change, and disability studies are some of the other areas that the scholars will explore. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earth science was in 1873

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“Earth science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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earth science

: any of the sciences (as geology, meteorology, or oceanography) that deal with the earth or with one or more of its parts
earth scientist noun
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