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biosphere

[ bahy-uh-sfeer ]

noun

  1. the part of the earth's crust, waters, and atmosphere that supports life.
  2. the ecosystem comprising the entire earth and the living organisms that inhabit it.


biosphere

/ ˈbaɪəˌsfɪə /

noun

  1. the part of the earth's surface and atmosphere inhabited by living things


biosphere

/ ə-sfîr′ /

  1. The parts of the land, sea, and atmosphere in which organisms are able to live. The biosphere is an irregularly shaped, relatively thin zone in which life is concentrated on or near the Earth's surface and throughout its waters.
  2. All the Earth's ecosystems considered as a single, self-sustaining unit.


biosphere

  1. The thin outer shell of the Earth and the inner layers of its atmosphere ; the place where all living systems are found.


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Other Words From

  • bi·o·spher·ic [bahy-, uh, -, sfer, -ik], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of biosphere1

First recorded in 1895–1900; from German Biosphäre; bio-, -sphere

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Example Sentences

“Not very much is known about the deep sea, but it makes up most of the biosphere,” says Craig Smith.

If we were organized around decarbonizing and getting into a good relationship with our biosphere, we could, by the end of this century, have a quite prosperous and successful long-term civilization, a carbon-negative civilization.

It’s time for us to wear our responsibility as a species, as a good citizen within the biosphere.

The only hope would be to run as fast as possible to find new genetic tricks to incorporate into your species or biosphere.

Priscu’s success in finding life in ice and water sometimes miles below the Antarctic surface has helped transform our view of the southernmost continent — a realm that until two decades ago was barely considered part of the biosphere.

There are six UNESCO biosphere reserves and nine UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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