What is the difference between Earth Science and Environmental Science?

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Mar 15, 2016

Earth science tends to focus on the "geosphere" or the rocks under our feet, while environmental science focuses a bit more on the "biosphere" and the challenges facing life.


However, having said the above, the modern way of looking at the Earth is as a complex system where the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere (frozen ice), atmosphere, and now the anthrosphere (human activities) are all highly integrated and interdependent on our planet. Consequently, the division between earth science and environmental science is becoming more blurred than it used to be - which is a more realistic way to study the planet.