Environment refers to all living and nonliving elements surrounding living organisms. Abiotic elements include elements like weather, climate and natural resources while biotic ones include all living species with interrelationships that have an effect on survival and growth of any living creature; all these aspects make up what is known as an abiotic environment characterized by energy flows, food chains and water cycles in addition to different geographic areas called biomes.
Environment can refer to various things depending on its context; for instance, working environment refers to an office where one works while home environment refers to living spaces of families. Furthermore, environment often refers to natural and built spaces like rivers or forests.
Furthermore, “environment” may refer to both the overall state of an area as well as specific conditions in which something occurs – for instance if someone describes their feelings about an unfamiliar situation as “being in an environment of fear”. These different contexts all depend on how this term is being applied.
In physiology, “environment” refers to all physical and chemical characteristics that comprise an organism’s surroundings. Environment plays an essential role in supporting life by providing homeostasis; additionally physiologists often refer to “environment” when discussing internal milieu of cells.
Individuals’ personal and social environments are important components of their environment. An individual’s social environment comprises all the people, places and situations with which he or she interacts; personal environments influence a person’s self-image by shaping how he or she reacts in different situations.
Other environmental terms used to refer to social and physical conditions a person interacts with are milieu, setting, and surroundings. These phrases refer to conditions which people interact with on a daily basis: social as well as physical.
Marine environments encompass all aquatic ecosystems on Earth. They are distinguished by a high concentration of salt water and serve to provide essential food and minerals. While vital for human survival, marine environments face threats like pollution and climate change that threaten their existence.
Terrestrial environments, on the other hand, are defined by land masses in which they exist and their surrounding environments. Terrestrial environments boast abundant biodiversity and provide ample opportunity for human recreation as well as raw materials for industry such as wood for furniture production. Renewable resources replenish themselves continuously while non-renewable ones deplete over time due to human consumption.
Environmental activism seeks to preserve nature while minimizing human impacts on it, which includes protecting ocean ecosystems and endangered species. Understanding and appreciating the natural world are crucial in protecting it – the more we learn, the better able we are at protecting it!