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An environment is a collection of all the animals and plants in
a specific area of land or water. Examples of environments are wetlands, deserts,
grasslands, forests, and oceans. Scientists also refer to environments as ecosystems.
Many people use the two terms interchangeably, for example, “desert
environment” or “desert ecosystem.” Each environment has
its own characteristics such as climate,
soil or water make-up, and plant and animal life. Sometimes people just talk
about “the environment.” They might say, “We need to help
protect the environment.” What they mean is everything on Earth — the
whole Earth environment.