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According to Princeton University Cognitive Science Labratory's WordNet, nature is defined as

"the natural physical world including plants, animals, and landscapes."

In other words, nature is the natural world of all features that are not man-made. This includes plants, animals, bacteria, natural disasters, weather, climate, and much more. It is the phenomena of the universe.

Word Derivation[edit | edit source]

The word nature originated from the Latin word natura. This word was a translation of the Greek word physis (φύσις), which originally related to the intrinsic characteristics that plants, animals, and other features of the world develop of their own accord.

Misperception[edit | edit source]

Commonly, nature is thought of as beauty that does not harm anything.

Tornadoes (above, a wall cloud) and lightning are perfectly natural occurrences that can cause harm and much damage.

A common misperception among people is that nature is all beautiful and doesn't hurt anything. This is not true. In fact, many of the phenomenons of the natural world cause damage to landscapes, humans, and animals. One example is a tornado.

Tornadoes can wipe out entire cities, sometimes stretching as wide as 200 miles wide. Many other natural disasters exist, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and flooding.

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