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Biology Vocab

Chapter 16

TermDefinition
Nonrenewable Resource Natural resource that is used more quickly than it can be formed.
Renewable Resource Resource that replenishes itself quickly enough so that it will not be used faster than it can be produced.
Ecological Footprint Amount of land necessary to produce and maintain enough food, water, shelter, energy, and waste.
Pollution Anything that is added to the environment and has a negative affect on the environment or its organisms.
Smog Air pollution in which gases released from burning fossil fuels form a fog when they react with sunlight.
Particulate Microscopic bits of dust, metal, and unburned fuel produced by industrial processes.
Acid Rain Precipitation produced when pollutants in the atmosphere cause the ph in rain to decrease.
Greenhouse Effect Normal warning effect produced when gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, trap heat in Earth;s atmosphere.
Global Warming World wide trend of increasing average temperature.
Indicator Species Species whose presence in an ecosystem gives clues about the condition of that ecosystem.
Biomagnification Condition of toxic substances being more concentrated in tissues of organisms higher on the food chain than ones lower on the food chain.
Habitat Fragmentation Process by which part of an organisms preferred habitat range becomes inaccessible.
Introduced Species Species that is not native and was brought to an area as a result of human activities.
Sustainable Development Practice of not using natural resources more quickly than they can be replenished.
Umbrella Species Species whose being protected under the Endangered Species Act leads to the preservation of its habitat and all of the other organisms in its community.
Created by: 58knasims