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6th Grade Science

6th Grade Ecology and the Environment Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Biotic Factor An Interaction that involves a living or one living organism
Abiotic Factor A nonliving part of an environment
Population A group of individuals of the same species that live in the same place at the same time
Species Organisms that are closely related and can mate to produce fertile offspring
Community All the populations of soecies that live in the same habitat and interact with each other
Ecosystem A community of organisms and their nonliving environment
Producer An organism that can make its own food
Decomposer An organism that gets energy and mutrients by breaking gown the remains of other organisms
Consumer An organism that eats other organisms
Food Chain The path of energy transfer from producers to consumers
Food Web A diagram that shows the feeding relationships between organisms in a ecosystem
Carrying Capacity The largest population that an invironment can support
Predator An organism that kills and eats another organism
Prey An animal that is killed and eaten by another animal
Symbiosis A relationship in which two different organisms live in close association with each other
Mutualism A relationship between two species in which both species benefit
Commensalism A relationship between two species in which one species benefits and the other is unaffected
Parasitism A relationship between two species in which one species benefits and the other species is harmed
Renewable Resource A natural resource that can be replaced at the same rate at which the resources is consumed
Nonrenewable Resource A resource that forms at a rate that is much slower than rate at which the resource is consumed
Created by: SSC 8th LA