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Ecology 8th vocab

A community of organisms and their abiotic (nonliving) environment Ecology
The movement of carbon from the nonliving environment into living things and back Carbon cycle
The process by which green plants use energy from sunlight to produce sugar and oxygen from carbon dioxide and water Photosynthesis
The process in which an organism uses oxygen for its life processes and gives off carbon dioxide Respiration
The breakdown of dead organisms and organic wastes which releases carbon dioxide and water into the atmosphere Decomposition
The process of burning fossil fuels which releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere Combustion
The movement of nitrogen from the nonliving environment into living things and back again Nitrogen cycle
The process in which bacteria or lightening change nitrogen gas into a form that plants can use. Nitrogen fixation
The variety of living things in a given area Biodiversity
The process of clearing forests Deforestation
Created by: jsteffek