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Science - ecology

TermDefinition
Ecosystem group of organisms in an area that interact with one another and with the environment. An ecosystem includes the living and non-living factors in a given
Abiotic the non-living factors that contribute to an ecosystem
Biotic the living factors that contribute to an ecosystem
Interdependence the way in which all living things in an ecosystem depend on all the other things - both living and non-living for continued survival
ecology the study of the relationship and interactions of living things with one another, together with their non-living environment.
habitat place in which organism lives
predator animal that kills and eats other animals (the hunter)
prey animal that is killed and eaten by a predator (the hunted)
adaptation a change that increases an orgaisms chances of survival (physical or behavioral)
producer an organism (plant) that can make its own food
photosynthesis the process by which organisms use energy from sunlight to make their own food
consumer an organism that gets energy by eating other things (therefore it doesn't make its own food)
herbivore an organism that eats only plants
omnivore an organism that eats both plants and animals
carnivore a flesh eating animal that eats only other animals for food energy
energy pyramid a scientific model that shows how food is passsed through an ecosystem
Created by: NateLange