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Environment

Words Definition
Ecology is the study of the interactions of organisms with one another and with their environment
Biotic All of the organisms that live together and interact with one another make up part of the environment
Abiotic abiotic part of the environment consists of the nonliving factors such as water, soil, light, and temperature
Organism a living things , anything that can carry out life processes independently
Habitat the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or another organism
Population a group of organisms of the same species that live in a specific geographical area
Community all of the populations of species that live in the same habitat and interact with each other
Ecosystem a community of organisms and their abiotic, or a nonliving, environment
Biosphere The part of Earth where life exists
Producer an organism that can make its own food by using energy from its surrounding
Consumer an organism that eats other organisms or a type of organic matter
Decomposer an organism that gets energy by breaking down the remains of dead organisms or animal wastes and consuming or absorbing the nutrients
Herbivore an organism that eats only plants
Carnivore an organism that eats animals
Omnivore an organism that eats both plants and animals
Food chain the pathway of energy transfer through various stages as a result of the feeding patterns of a series of organisms
Food Web a diagram that shows the feeding rela- tionships between organisms in an ecosystem
Energy pyramid a triangular diagram that shows an ecosystem’s loss of energy, which results as energy passes through the ecosystem’s food chain
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