Division Description - Earth and Environmental Science

An Earth and Environmental Sciences project has as its focus either a topic relating to planetary processes or the relationships of organisms to those processes, or between or among organisms.
Projects in this division can include the pursuit of knowledge in any of the following scientific disciplines: Geology, Mineralogy, Physiography, Oceanography, Limnology, Climatology, Seismology, Geography and Ecology. Earth and Environmental science involves the study of pollution (air, water and land), its sources and control. It can also involve studies of biotic and/or abiotic factors in an environment where such studies enhance our understanding of biological relationships and abiotic cycles.
Studies dealing with resource management or sustainable development would fall into this category. Examples of such studies might include capture/recapture studies for estimation of population densities, determination of bioproductivity in a specific ecosystem or niche, studies of plate tectonics and examination of mineral cycles (e.g. salt mills in the oceans).