Natural environment

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Natural environment means all living and non-living things that are naturally on Earth.

In a narrow sense, it is an environment that is not influenced. The environment that is influenced by humans can be called "the built environment" or cultural landscape.

Terminology[change | change source]

For some, there is a difficulty with the term "natural environment" in that nearly all environments have been directly or indirectly influenced by humans at some point in time. In order to address this concern, some level of human influence is thus allowable without the status of any particular landscape ceasing to be "natural." Many natural environments are the product of the interaction between nature and humans. For this reason, the term ecosystem has been used to describe an environment that contains nature, and includes people. It follows then that environmental problems are human or social problems. Some also consider it dangerously misleading to regard "environment" as separate from "people."

Etymology[change | change source]

The roots of Natural Environment can be simply defined. 'Natural' can be described as something that occurs naturally, or of its own accord, on Earth. 'Environment' can be described as the surroundings of an object.

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