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1. The physical earth; a term for the solid mass (lithosphere) of the planet, or for the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere as a whole.
2. The solid matter of the earth, as distinct from the seas, plants, animals, and surrounding atmosphere.
3. The soils, sediments, and rock layers of the earth's crust, both continental and beneath the ocean floors.
4. Also known asgeophysiology or the study of the interaction among living organisms on the earth operating under the hypothesis that the earth itself acts as a single living organism.
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