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Key Terms: chapter 8

Key TermsDefinition
ecosystem All the living and nonliving things that interact in a particular area
habitat The place where an organism lives and that provides the things that an organism needs
biotic factor A living part of an ecosystem
abiotic factor The nonliving parts of an ecosystem
population All the members of one species in a particular area
society A closely related population of animals that work together for the benefit of the whole group
community All the different populations that live in an area together
ecology The study of how living things interact with one another and with their environment
limiting factor An environmental factor that prevents a population from increasing
carrying capacity The largest population that an area can support
producer Organisms that can produce and store their own food
consumer An organism that obtains food and energy by eating other organisms
decomposer An organism that obtains energy by breaking down wastes and the remains of dead organisms
food chain A diagram that shows the flow of energy from one organism to another organism in an ecosystem
food web A diagram that shows how many food chains are connected in a particular ecosystem
Created by: tavakoliv