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Earth science or geoscience includes all fields of natural science related to planet Earth. This is a branch of science dealing with the physical and chemical constitution of Earth and its atmosphere. Earth science can be considered to be a branch of planetary science, but with a much older history. Earth science encompasses four main branches of study, the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, and the biosphere, each of which is further broken down into more specialized fields.

There are both reductionist and holistic approaches to Earth sciences. It is also the study of Earth and its neighbors in space. Some Earth scientists use their knowledge of the planet to locate and develop energy and mineral resources. Others study the impact of human activity on Earth's environment, and design methods to protect the planet. Some use their knowledge about Earth processes such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes to plan communities that will not expose people to these dangerous events. (Full article...)

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16 October 2021 – 2021 Bali earthquake
Three people are killed and seven are injured as a 4.8 earthquake hits Bali, Indonesia. (Al Jazeera)
9 October 2021 – 2021 Cumbre Vieja eruption
The north face of the volcano collapses, generating three new lava flows. No new evacuations have been ordered as authorities call for calm. (El País)
7 October 2021 – 2021 Balochistan earthquake
At least 24 people are killed and around 200 others injured as a 5.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Harnai, Balochistan, Pakistan. (Al Jazeera)
7 October 2021 –
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 hits Tokyo, Japan, and surrounding areas, wounding 41 people and stopping train lines but without any immediate reports of severe damage. According to Japan's system, this was labeled as a "strong-5 earthquake". (Reuters)
5 October 2021 –
Russian actress Yulia Peresild and film director Klim Shipenko launch into space onboard Soyuz MS-19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan. They intend to film scenes for The Challenge, which will be the first feature-length movie filmed in outer space, on the International Space Station over one week before returning to Earth. (AFP via The Moscow Times)
4 October 2021 – 2021 Cumbre Vieja volcanic eruption
The main cone of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma collapses, increasing the lava flow into the Atlantic Ocean. The main lava flow is now 1.2 km across at its widest point. (El Pais)


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Global warming · Rachel Carson · Retreat of glaciers since 1850

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