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  1. The area or region where a particular type of plant or animal lives and grows. Source: NASA (http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Glossary)
  2. A dangerous phenomenon, substance, human activity or condition that may cause loss of life, injury or other health impacts, property damage, loss of livelihoods and services, social and economic disruption, or environmental damage. Hazards arise...
  3. Severe tropical storms whose winds exceed 74 mph. Hurricanes originate over the tropical and subtropical North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans, where there is high humidity and light wind. These conditions prevail mostly in the summer and early...
  4. The study of fluid motion and fluid-boundary interaction. Source: NASA (http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Glossary)
  5. The process of evaporation, vertical and horizontal transport of vapor, condensation, precipitation, and the flow of water from continents to oceans. It is a major factor in determining climate through its influence on surface vegetation, the clouds...
  6. The science that deals with global water (both liquid and solid), its properties, circulation, and distribution, on and under the Earth's surface and in the atmosphere through evapotranspiration or is discharged into oceans. Source: NASA (http://...
  7. The totality of water encompassing the Earth, comprising all the bodies of water, ice, and water vapor in the atmosphere. Source: NASA (http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Glossary)
  8. describes a sensor that observes hundreds or thousands of virtually continuous wavelengths of electromagnetic energy, or imagery from such a sensor. Source: NASA (http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Glossary)