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carnivore meat eater
carrying capacity the least available resource in an environment controls the communities ability to hold the population
competition refers to the way organisms try to get resources at the expense of the other organism
deciduous trees that lose their leaves
deforestation removing trees in large areas - usually to make way for farm lands
ecological footprint damage to the environment as a result of human activity
fossil fuels energy sources that come from dead organisms buried underground for many years
global warming the process of allowing the earth to heat as a result of greenhouse effect
habitable an area that is able to be lived in
herbivores animals that eat only plants
hydrosphere a term used to describe the water layer of the earth surface
infrastructure term used to describe roads, power grids, bridges, water systems, etc. for public use
lichens small lime green colored plants that have an unusual ability to cling to rock surface
lithosphere the solid layer of rock along the earth's surface
mutualism a symbiotic relationship in which both species benefit from the other
parasitism a form of symbiosis in which one species benefits and the other is harmed
phytoplankton a microscopic plant found in water biomes which is often the base of the food chain
population the number of one type of organism within a ecosystem's community
precipitation usually rain or snow
population density how far apart members of a population live
predation the process of one animal that hunts and feeds another animal
predator an animal that hunts another animal
prey the animal being hunted
runnoff water that does not seep into the soil layers, instead traveling along the surface
species diversity variation within a species population.
terrestrial biomes biomes that occur on land territory
urban sprawl when city areas spread out to suburban areas
urbanization the process of making an area more like a city
watershed a large area that drains all into one large drainage basin such as the mississippi river
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