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7th Unit 1b

Ecology Key Terms

TermDefinition
Abiotic Nonliving
Biotic Of or having to do with life or living organisms.
Biosphere The part of the earth and its atmosphere in which living organisms exist or that is capable of supporting life.
Biodiversity The number and variety of organisms found within a specified geographic region.
Carrying capacity The maximum number of individuals that a given environment can support without detrimental effects.
Community A group of plants and animals living and interacting with one another in a specific region under relatively similar environmental conditions.
Ecology The science of the relationships between organisms and their environments.
Ecosystem An ecological community together with its environment, functioning as a unit.
Extinct No longer existing or living.
Limiting factor The success of an organism is limited by the presence or absence of the factors necessary for survival.
Population All the organisms that constitute a specific group or occur in a specified habitat.
Succession The gradual and orderly process of ecosystem development brought about by changes in community composition and the production of a climax characteristic of a particular geographic region.
Created by: darrin_evans