Anthropogenic
– resulting from the influence of human beings on nature.
Aquifers
– layers of rock or soil able to hold or transmit much water.
Biodiversity
– diversity of all living organisms.
Biofuel
– any fuel made from nonfossil organic matter, such as vegetable oil or ethanol.
Biogas
– methane obtained from decomposing organic matter.
Biomass
– any organic material.
Biomes
– a given type of environment, such as tundra, forest, or wetlands.
Bioregion
– a specific region containing life.
Catchment
– something that catches rainfall.
Ecological
– the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings (i.e. living things in their environment).
Ecosphere
– region of space with planets where living things can exist.
Gray Water
– washing water
(Black Water = sewage water; Fresh Water = natural or tap water).
Hemp
– a tall, widely cultivated herb of the mulberry family with tough bast fiber used especially for cordage.
Kenaf
– an East Indian hibiscus widely cultivated for its fiber.
Pathogens
– an agent of disease such as a virus or bacterium.
Permacultural
– permanent culture.
Petrochemicals
– a substance industrially obtained from petroleum or natural gas.
Ruminant
– animals that chew their cud and produce methane.
Slab Wood
– rounded edges of trees that cannot be cut for industrial wood.