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Unit 4-6 Study Vocab

Mr. Gaul's vocab stack due Thursday Feb 15th

TermDefinition
closing the loop A link in the circular chain of recycling events that promotes the use of products made with recycled materials.
non-renewable resources Substances (e.g., oil, gas, coal, copper, gold) that, once used, cannot be replaced in this geological age.
renewable A naturally occurring raw material or form of energy that will be replenished through natural ecological cycles or sound management practices (e.g., the sun, wind, water, trees).
recycling Collecting and reprocessing a resource or product to make into new products.
composting The process of mixing decaying leaves, manure and other nutritive matter to improve and fertilize soil.
fact A fact is a statement that is true or can be proven with evidence.
theory A supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained.
hypothesis A supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.
law Generalized formulation based on a series of. events or processes observed to recur regularly under certain conditions; a widely. observable tendency.
model Ecological modelling is the construction and analysis of mathematical models of ecological processes, including both purely biological and combined biophysical models.
inquiry An act of asking for information.
patterns A repeated decorative design.
regulation A rule or order issued by an executive authority or regulatory agency of a government and having the force of law.
evolution The gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form.
extinction The complete elimination of a species from the earth.
endangered species A species that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.
equilibrium The ability of an ecosystem to maintain stability among its biological resources (e.g., forest, fisheries, crops) so that there is a steady optimum yield.
sustainability The ability to keep in existence or maintain. A sustainable ecosystem is one that can be maintained.
succession The series of changes that occur in an ecosystem with the passing of time.
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