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chap 18 vocab

key words ms Lee

ecology the study of the interactions of living organisms with one another and with their enviorment
biotic describes living factors in the environment
abiotic describes the nonliving part of the environment,including water,rocks,light,and temperature
organism a living thing;anything that can carry out life processes independently
habitat The natutral home or enviorment of a animal,plant.or other organism
population a group of organisms of the same species that can live in a specific geographical area
community all of the populations of species that live in the same habitat
ecosystem a community of organisms and their abiotic,or nonliving environment
biosphere the part of the earth where life exist
producer an organism that can make its own food from its surroundings
consumer an organism that eats other organisms or organic matter
decomposer an organism that that gets energy by breaking down the remains of dead organisms or animal waste and consuming or absorbing the nutrients
herbivore a organism that eats only plants
carnivore a organism that eats only animals
omnivore a 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 relationship between organisms in a ecosystem
energy pyramid a triangular diagram that shows an ecosystem's loss of energy,which results as energy passes through the ecosystems's food chain
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