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ecology

vocabulary

TermDefinition
population all the in habitant of a particular town, or country.
parasite an organism that lives in or on another organism and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host's expense.
non renewable resource fossil fuels, such as oil, natural gas and coal are considered nonrenewable resources in that their use is not sustainable because their formation takes billions of years.
autotrophic any organism capable of self-nourishment by using inorganic materials as a source of nutrients and using photosynthesis or chemosynthesis as a source of energy, as most plants and certain bacteria and protists
helerotrophic is an organism that cannot fix carbon and uses organic carbon for growth.
evaporation The changing of a liquid into a gas, often under the influence of heat : The evaporation of water from the oceans is a major component in the hydrologic cycle.
preacipitation the action or process of precipitating a substance from a solution.
industrialization The process in which a society or country transforms itself from a primarily agricultural society into one based on the manufacturing of goods and services.
trade off a balance achieved between two desirable but incompatible features; a compromise
deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses.
fossil fue a natural fuel such as coal or gas, formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms
global warming a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth's atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants.
pollution the presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance or thing that has harmful or poisonous effects.
host a person who receives or entertains other people as guests.
producer a person, company, or country that makes, grows, or supplies goods or commodities for sale.
abiotic physical rather than biological; not derived from living organisms.
scavenger an animal that feeds on carrion, dead plant material, or refuse.
Created by: juan miguel