HS-ESS2-7: Coevolution of Life and Earth's Systems
Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth’s systems and life on Earth.
Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the dynamic causes, effects, and feedbacks between the biosphere and Earth’s other systems, whereby geoscience factors control the evolution of life, which in turn continuously alters Earth’s surface. Examples include how photosynthetic life altered the atmosphere through the production of oxygen, which in turn increased weathering rates and allowed for the evolution of animal life; how microbial life on land increased the formation of soil, which in turn allowed for the evolution of land plants; or how the evolution of corals created reefs that altered patterns of erosion and deposition along coastlines and provided habitats for the evolution of new life forms.
Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms of how the biosphere interacts with all of Earth’s other systems.
Earth’s systems (hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, biosphere)
Atmospheric gases (carbon dioxide and oxygen)
Stability and Change
Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth’s systems and life on Earth. (Stability and Change)
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