Earth Science and Society
1. Discuss your understanding of how photosynthesis has made the earth’s atmosphere unique in the solar system. What effects would decreasing levels of photosynthesis have on human society over time, and what could we do to stabilize photosynthesis over the long-term?
2. What are the positive and negative effects of wildfires? Are the effects primarily restricted to rural areas, and therefore, of little importance to the bulk of society? Defend your statement.
3. Why do geographers study plants more than they study animals (outside of humans anyway)? Why would the study of one tend to benefit human society more than the other? Justify your answer.