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Artforms of Nature (1904) by Ernst Haeckel The 49th plate from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur of 1904, showing various sea anemones classified as Actiniae.
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Artforms of Nature (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
The 49th plate from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur of 1904, showing various sea anemones classified as Actiniae.

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Environment refers to a complex of surrounding circumstances, conditions, or influences in which a thing is situated or is developed. Environment is the external forces affecting living things, while nature is the inner force.

It may also refer to:

  • Natural environment, all living and non-living things that occur naturally on Earth.
  • Built environment, manmade surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, ranging from the large-scale civic surroundings to the personal places.
  • Environmentalism, a concern with the preservation of the natural environment.
  • Social environment, the culture that an individual lives in, and the people and institutions with whom they interact.

Etymology

From Middle English, from Old French enviruner, environner (“to surround”), from environ (“around”), from en (“in”) + viron (“a turn”), from virer (“to turn, veer”).




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