Natural Environment

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Natural Environment

The living and nonliving things in an area of the Earth. The natural environment both enables human life and is affected by human activity. That is, whether a human builds a house, grows a crop or mines a mineral, the natural environment is changed. The natural environment is necessary for commerce to take place. See also: Sustainability.
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The term environmental quality cuts a wide swath here, encompassing not only the built and natural physical environment, but also non-material factors such as public opinion and corporate behavior.
Harline, we look toward a deeper, future understanding that will use physical models to implement theories of biological information processing in natural physical environments.