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Mar Bio Mod 8 Vocab

Module 8: Marine Ecology

Ecology The study of the relationship between an organism and it's environment
Abiotic The nonliving part of the environments
Biotic The living part of an environment
Carrying capacity The largest population size that can be supported by a specific area with its available resources
Limiting resource A factor required for a population to grow, but present in small quantities in an ecosystem.
Detritus Dead organic matter and the decomposing organisms living among it
Productivity The rate of photosynthesis carried on in an ecosystem
Carbon fixation The converting of inorganic carbon into useful organic carbon substances
Nitrogen fixation The converting of gaseous nitrogen into useful organic nitrogen substances
Benthic Describing organisms that live on the ocean bottom
Pelagic Describing organisms that live in the water column away from the ocean bottom
Created by: mrpicard