AP Environmental Science

Vocabulary Definitions

-Geysers: a hot spring that intermittently sends up fountain like jets of water and steam into the air.

-Landslides: The downward falling or sliding mass of soil, detritus or rock on or from a steep slope

-Subduction: The process by which collision of the earth crustal plates result in one plate being drawn down or overridden by another.

-Eruption: The ejection of molten rock and steam, etc. From a volcano or geyser.

-Hydrothermal: Noting or pertaining to the action of hot aqueous solutions or gases within or on the surface or the Earth.

-Hot spots: A region of molten rock below and within the lithosphere that persists long enough to leave a record of uplift and volcanic activity at the Earth's surface.

-Converging Plates: A pair of tectonic plates that push together.

-Divergent Plates: A pair of tectonic plates that push away from each other.

-Tectonic Plates: The various landmasses that shape the Earth.

-Haze Effect: The dust and ash that has blocked out the Earth's sunlight.