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Topics Related to the Natural Sciences Go Back to Index

  • Natural Science - the sciences involved in the study of the physical world and its phenomena
  • Earth Science, geoscience, geology- any of the sciences that deal with the earth or its parts
    • Agronomy - the branch of agriculture dealing with field-crop production and soil management
    • Archaeology, archeology, archaeological geology - the systematic study of past human life and culture by the recovery and examination of remaining material evidence, such as graves, buildings, tools, and pottery
    • Climatology - the study of climate including climatic data, the analysis of the causes of the differences in climate, and the application of climatic data to the solution of specific design or operational problems
    • Economic Geology - the branch of geology that deals with economically valuable geological materials
    • Geochemistry - the study of the chemical elements, their isotopes, and related processes with respect to the abundance and distribution of materials within the Earth’s waters, crust, and atmosphere
    • Geochronology - a system of dating geological events in relationship to the earth's history
    • Geography, geographics - study of the earth's surface; includes people's responses to topography and climate and soil and vegetation
    • Geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
    • Geomorphology - that branch of physical geography which deals with the form of the Earth, the general configuration of its surface, the distribution of the land, water, etc. and the investigation of the history of geologic changes through the interpretation of topographic forms.
    • Geophysics, geophysical science - geology that uses physical principles to study properties of the earth
    • Geothermal - the study of heat generated inside the earth and related processes
    • Hydrogeology - the science of ground water and its interaction with the geologic environment
    • Hydrology - study of the waters of the earth, especially with relation to the effects of precipitation and evaporation upon the occurrence and character of water in streams, lakes, and on or below the land surface.
    • Hypsography - the scientific study of the earth's configuration above sea level (emphasizing the measurement of land altitudes relative to sea level)
    • Limnology - the scientific study of bodies of fresh water for their biological and physical and geological properties
    • Meteorology, weather - the earth science dealing with phenomena of the atmosphere
    • Mineralogy - the branch of geology that studies minerals, their structure and properties, and the ways of distinguishing them
    • Oceanography, marine geology, paleooceanography - the branch of science dealing with physical and biological aspects of the oceans
    • Orology, orography - the science of mountains
    • Paleobiology, palaeobiology - a branch of paleontology that deals with the origin and growth and structure of fossil animals and plants as living organisms
    • Paleobotany - the study of fossil plants
    • Paleoclimatology - the study of past climates throughout geological history, and the causes of the variations among them
    • Paleoecology - the study of the relationship of extinct organisms or groups of organisms to their environments
    • Paleogeography - the study of the geography of ancient times or ancient epochs
    • Paleogeology - the study of geologic features once at the surface of the earth but now buried beneath rocks
    • Paleontology, fossilology, historical geology, palaeontology - the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remains
    • Paleozoology, palaeozoology - the study of fossil animals
    • Petrology - the study of the composition, occurence, and origin of rocks
    • Petroleum Geology - the branch of economic geology that deals with the occurrence and exploitation of oil and gas fields
    • Physiography - physical geography
    • Rocks - naturally formed, consolidated material, composed of grains of one or more mineral
    • Sedimentation - the process of suspended solid particles settling out in water
    • Seismology - the study of earthquakes and of the structure of the Earth by natural and artificial seismic waves
    • Speleology, spelaeology - the scientific study of caves
    • Stratigraphy - the branch of geology concerned with the formation, composition, ordering in time, and arrangement in space of sedimentary rocks
    • Structural Geology - the study of the structural features of rocks, of the geographical distribution of the features, and their causes
    • Tectonophysics - branch of geophysics that deals with the forces responsible for movements in, and deformation of, the Earth’s crust
    • Tectonics - of, pertaining to, or designating the rock structure and external forms resulting from the deformation of the earth's crust, whether the result of warping, or of fracture, or both
    • Volcanology - the branch of geology that studies volcanoes
  • Life Science, biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
    • Agriculture - the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
    • Agronomy - the branch of agriculture dealing with field-crop production and soil management
    • Arthropodal, arthropodan, arthropodous - of or relating to invertebrates of the phylum Arthropoda
    • Biology - The science of life and of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution
    • Bioscience - any of the branches of natural science dealing with the structure and behavior of living organisms
    • Biogeography - dealing with the geographical distribution of animals and plants
    • Botany, phytology - the branch of biology that studies plants
    • Cryobiology - the branch of biology that studies the effects of low temperatures on living tissues or organs or organisms
    • Cytology - the branch of biology that studies the structure and function of cells
    • Ecology, bionomics, environmental science - the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment
    • Embryology - the branch of biology that studies the formation and early development of living organisms
    • Entomology, bugology - the branch of zoology that studies insects
    • Environment - the totality of the surroundings
    • Ethnology - comparative analysis of cultural patterns to explain differences and similarities among societies
    • Ethology - the branch of zoology that studies the behavior of animals in their natural habitats
    • Fauna, wildlife - all the animal life in a particular region
    • Flora, vegetation - all the plant life in a particular region
    • Forestry - the science of planting and caring for forests and the management of growing timber
    • Genetics, Genetic Science - the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms
    • Herpetology - the branch of zoology concerned with reptiles and amphibians
    • Ichthyology - the branch of zoology that studies fishes
    • Invertebrate - an animal, such as an insect or mollusk, that lacks a backbone or spinal column
    • Malacology- the branch of zoology that studies Mollusks and Mollusca
    • Mammalogy - the branch of zoology that studies mammals
    • Microbiology - the branch of biology that studies microorganisms and their effects on humans
    • Molecular Biology - the branch of biology that studies the structure and activity of macromolecules essential to life
    • Morphology - the branch of biology that deals with the structure of animals and plants
    • Neurobiology - the branch of biology that deals with the anatomy and physiology and pathology of the nervous system
    • Ornithology - the branch of zoology that studies birds
    • Paleobiology, palaeobiology - a branch of paleontology that deals with the origin and growth and structure of fossil animals and plants as living organisms
    • Paleobotany - the study of fossil plants
    • Paleozoology, palaeozoology - the study of fossil animals
    • Physiology - a branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms
    • Protozoology - the branch of zoology that studies protozoans
    • Radiobiology - the branch of biology that studies the effects of radiation on living organisms
    • Sociobiology - the branch of biology that conducts comparative studies of the social organization of animals with regard to its evolutionary history
    • Taxonomy - study of the general principles of scientific classification
    • Zoology, zoological science - the branch of biology that studies animals

 

  • Social Science - any of the sciences that deal with the earth or its parts
    • Anthropology - the scientific study of the origin, the behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of humans
    • Archaeology - the systematic study of past human life and culture by the recovery and examination of remaining material evidence
    • Culture - the totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought
    • Ethnology, branch of anthropology - the science that analyzes and compares human cultures
    • Ethology - the scientific study of animal behavior, especially as it occurs in a natural environment
    • History - chronological record of events
    • Society - the totality of social relationships among humans
    • Sociology - the study of human social behavior

Classification of Living Organisms Go Back to Index

  • Taxonomy - study of the general principles of scientific classification
  • Animal Kingdom - organisms that usually move around and find their own food
    • Annelid Phylum - segmented worms. Includes: Earthworms and Leeches
    • Arthropod Phylum - all the "jointed legged" animals. All of these animals have an exoskeleton, meaning the skeleton is on the outside of the body. Include: Insects, Arachnids, and Crustaceans
    • Chordate Phylum - all the animals that have a backbone. Includes: Fish, Reptiles, Birds, Amphibians, and Mammals
    • Cnidarian Phylum - soft-bodied, jelly-like animals with tentacles and venom glands. Includes: Hydra, Jellyfish, Anemones, and Coral
    • Echinoderm Phylum - often-spiny animals, with several "arms" reaching out from the center of its body. Includes: Starfish and Sea Urchins
    • Mollusk Phylum - soft-bodied animals that sometimes have a hard shell. Includes: Snails, Slugs, Octopus, Squid, Clams, Oysters, and Mussels.
    • Nematode Phylum - very tiny worms with no segments in their bodies. Also called Roundworms
    • Platyhelminthes Phylum - soft, flat-bodied worms. Includes: Planarians and Tapeworms
    • Rotifer Phylum - tiny, microscopic animals with a wheel-shaped mouth and tiny hairs
    • Tardigrade Phylum - tiny, slow-moving animals with four body segments and eight legs. Includes Water Bears
  • Plant Kingdom - organisms that make their own food and do not actively move around
    • Bryophyta Division - plants with very small leaves and stems, with no roots and no flowers. Usually grow very low to the ground. Includes: Mosses
    • Coniferophyta Division - plants that bear cones. Includes: Pine Trees and Cedars
    • Magnoliophyta Division - all "flowering" plants. These plants have leaves, stems, and roots. After flowering, they form fruits with seeds. Includes most crops, trees, shrubs, grasses, garden plants, and weeds
    • Lycopodiophyta Division - small plants with green, branched stems, scale-like leaves, and no flowers. Usually grow very low to the ground. Includes: Club Mosses, Quillworts, and Spikemosses
    • Pteridophyta Division - plants that have roots and stems, but do not have flowers or seeds. Instead, they spread with spores. Includes Ferns
  • Protist Kingdom - organisms that have single, complex cells
    • Euglenophyta Phylum - tiny, microscopic organisms that have a flagella (tiny hair-like thing that helps them move through water). Some eat algae and keep it inside their bodies, using it to make food. Includes Euglena
    • Protozoa Phylum - tiny, microscopic organisms that reproduce by splitting in half to become two new organisms. Includes: Amoeba, Paramecium, and Sporozoa
  • Moneran Kingdom - organisms that have single, simple cells
    • Bacteria Phylum - these organisms are extremely important and can also be very dangerous. They live anywhere there is moisture, including inside animal's bodies. Some carry disease
    • Cyanobacteria Phylum - these organisms are also known as Blue-green Algae. These algae are different from the Green Algae found in the Plant Kingdom

Classification of Rocks Go Back to Index

  • Petrology - the study of the composition, occurence, and origin of rocks
  • Igneous Rocks - a rock formed, or apparently formed, from the solidification of a magma. Includes intrusive or plutonic rocks, such as granite, and extrusive or volcanic rocks such as basalts
  • Sedimentary Rocks - a rock that formed from lithification of any type of sediment, chemical precipitation from solution, or consolidation of the remains of plants or animals
  • Metamorphic Rocks - a rock formed through the transformation of preexisting rock into texturally or mineralogically distinct new rock as a result of high temperature, high pressure or both, but without the rock melting in the process. The depth and temperature of the metamorphism define the grade of metamorphism

Geographical Locations of Interest in the Earth Sciences and Natural History Go Back to Index

Geological Ages of Interest in the Earth Sciences and Natural History Go Back to Index

Subjects of Interest in the Earth Sciences and Natural History Go Back to Index

 

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