Greeks and Romans once thought a "genius loci" or spirit of place inhabited every hill, grove, and stream. The modern counterpart is panpsychism, the idea that all things possess qualities of mindfulness or psyche.
With the coming of heavy industry, such ideas gave way to the financially convenient reduction of the Earth to the status of a lifeless resource.
Some key assumptions: Angiosperms: flowering plants that place their seeds in fruits.
The monocots have an embryo with a single cotyledon (seed leaf), three-part flowers, parallel leaf veins, and adventitious root growth.
Abandoned Wells: a hazard because wells left on vacated lands can channel water contaminated by pesticides and fertilizer straight down into the water table. Abrasion: the wearing away of rock surfaces by small particles moved by air or water.
Abrasiveness also seems to be the one quality currently shared by most political appointees and prominent heads of state. Acid: a substance with a p H less than 7 due to prevalent hydrogen ions. The human stomach contains hydrochloric acid with a p H of 1; battery acid is stronger, but not by much. Acid Rain: precipitation heavy with nitric and sulfuric acid.
(By some accounts, the now-denuded Zagros Mountains in western Iran hosted this revolution.
The Agricultural (Neolithic) Revolution began ten thousand years ago in the Fertile Crescent, where extensive irrigation turned once-fertile croplands into barren salt pans.Because the life sciences messily overlap (that's life), terms from botany, biology, geology, chemistry, meteorology, and agriculture are included as well.Although designed for technical correctness and clarity, this glossary follows the practice in the Jung and Freud glossaries at this site of letting in a bit of humor here and there: for levity, for anecdote, and for an occasional thumb in the puritanical eye that closes itself to any information not dressed up in stiff, Latinized nomenclature (see the entry for English, Latinized). offer incentives for sealing off these unused wells.Is there any reason they too should not have somewhat the feeling I do there of coming suddenly out of the mountains into an alpine meadow, or a clearing in dense woods, or a plain after traversing rugged broken country?Animism: a derogatory anthropological term for what most human cultures have believed throughout prehistory: that the Earth is alive and reactive, as are its many places.
The glossary that follows assumes a definition of ecology--the study of interactions between organisms and their environment--much wider than what fits under the field's habitual statistical persona.