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Ecology

TermDefinition
Compost A mixture of decayed or decaying organic matter used to fertilize soil.
Biomass Total amount of living tissue within a given trophic level
Ecology the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings
Energy Pyramid a triangular diagram that shows an ecosystem’s loss of energy, which results as energy passes through the ecosystem’s food chain
Trophic Levels steps in a food chain or energy pyramid
Cycles Processes that repeat themselves over and over again.
Decomposition A chemical reaction that breaks down compounds into simpler products.
Compost Bin a container in which garden refuse and other organic waste is deposited in order to produce organic rich soil.
Carrying Capacity The largest population that an area can support
Limiting Factors any biotic or abiotic factor that restricts the existence, numbers, reproduction, or distribution of organisms
Energy Transformation A change from one form of energy to another
Food Web A community of organisms where there are several interrelated food chains
Food Chain A series of steps in which organisms transfer energy by eating and being eaten
Primary Consumer An organism that eats producers
Secondary Consumer An organism that eats primary consumers
Tertiary Consumer An organism that eats secondary consumers
Created by: mvanderb