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Chapter 16 Vocab

TermDefinition
nonrenewable resources natural resource that is used more quickly than it can be formed
renewable resources 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 effect 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 of rain to decrease
greenhouse effect normal warming effect produced when gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, trap heat in Earth's atmosphere
global warming worldwide trend of increasing average temperatures
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 organism's preferred habitat range becomes inaccessible
introduced species species that is not native and was brought to an area as a result of human activity.
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 organisms in its community
Created by: mbaker36