earth science


Definition of 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

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Bridenstine has since acknowledged a human influence and has sounded support for NASA’s $1.9 billion in earth science research—a major buttress of climate science in the United States. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Bridenstine confirmed to serve as NASA administrator," 19 Apr. 2018 An adventurous traveler to the Americas at the beginning of the 19th century, Humboldt was obsessively interested in many of the earth sciences, including volcanology. John Wilmerding, WSJ, "Nature’s Explosive Power," 28 Dec. 2018 The Trump administration’s first two budget requests to Congress have targeted a range of NASA earth science projects for elimination. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "NASA’s Bridenstine signals reprieve for endangered climate missions," 6 June 2018 Over the longer term, a robust monitoring program would need aircraft from NASA and other agencies, said Jack Kaye, associate director for research at NASA’s earth science division. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "The Next Big Volcano Could Briefly Cool Earth. NASA Wants to Be Ready.," 1 Feb. 2018 Pat Druckenmiller, earth sciences curator at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, said mammoths generally died out at the end of the Pleistocene Era 11,000 to 12,000 years ago. Washington Post, "Theft of mammoth proportions: Agency seeks stolen tusk," 19 June 2018 The earth science allocation includes money to reinstate the Carbon Monitoring System, a $10-million-a-year research program that studies how sinks and sources of carbon can be remotely monitored from space. Eric Hand, Science | AAAS, "NASA science and NSF do well in Senate spending bill," 13 June 2018 And as mainlanders who planned to take cruises, guided tours and earth science workshops bail, Birch said, some businesses that cater to them are closing or laying off workers. Dennis Romero /, NBC News, "Kilauea eruption that destroyed homes also putting hurt on tourism," 27 May 2018 The city is home to a small tech business park with a Microsoft data center and supercomputer dedicated to earth sciences. Mead Gruver, The Christian Science Monitor, "Wyoming tries to attract blockchain business," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of earth science

1873, in the meaning defined above

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