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Professional Paper 1386–A

Chapter A–1 (Figure 1)

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Figure 1.—Conceptual diagram of the Earth System showing the four subcomponents of the geosphere (lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and cryosphere), the biosphere (terrestrial and marine), climatic processes, hydrologic cycle, biogeochemical cycles, and solar energy. Designed by Jim Tomberlin, U.S. Geological Survey.

Figure 1. Conceptual diagram of the Earth System showing the four subcomponents of the geosphere (lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and cryosphere), the biosphere (terrestrial and marine), climatic processes, hydrologic cycle, biogeochemical cycles, and solar energy. Designed by Jim Tomberlin, U.S. Geological Survey.



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