Hi, I am confused as to the difference between geosphere and lithosphere – could anyone enlighten me please? Thanks
The geosphere is specifically defined as the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere taken together as a whole. However, geosphere is commonly misused in place of lithosphere. I don’t blame you for being confused.
In keeping with categorizing matter as solids, liquids, and gases, the whole Earth is commonly categorized as four “spheres:” the hydrosphere (all the waters on Earth); the atmosphere; and the lithosphere (all the solid “rock” portions). Then, the biosphere (all living things) is usually added in. Learning and understanding the innumerable ways in which these “spheres” move among and interact with one another (without the technical names of the “spheres”) are the real lessons.