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Serengeti Vocab

Serengeti Vocabulary

TermDefinition
population group of individuals of the same species that live in the same area
serengeti a geographical region in Africa. It is located in northern Tanzania. It spans approximately 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi).
savanna a grassy plain in tropical and subtropical regions, with few trees.
grassland characterized as having grasses as the dominant vegetation. Trees and large shrubs are absent. Temperatures vary more from summer to winter, and the amount of rainfall is less
biodiversity total of the variety of organisms in the biosphere.
landscape the visible features of an area of land, its landforms, and how they integrate with natural or man-made features.
ecosystem all the organisms that live in a place, together with their nonliving environment.
community assembly of different populations that live together in a defined area.
productivity the rate of production of new biomass by an individual, population, or community; the fertility or capacity of a given habitat or area.
competition interaction between organisms, populations, or species, in which birth, growth and death depend on gaining a share of a limited environmental resource.
biomass total amount of living tissue within a trophic level
diet diversity the number of different foods or food groups consumed over a given reference period.
carrying capacity largest number of individuals of a particular species that a particular environment can support.
producer organisms that can make their own energy through biochemical processes, which are just processes in living things that involve chemical reactions. Also called autotrophs.
predator an animal that naturally preys on others.
prey an animal that is hunted and killed by another for food.
food scarcity A shortage of food may happen when not enough food is produced, such as when crops fail due to drought, pests, or too much moisture.
limiting factor factor that causes population growth to decrease.