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Unit 7 Vocab

Ecology

TermDefinition
Abiotic Factor A non-living thing in an environment.
Biotic Factor A living organism in an environment.
Biome A community containing plants, animals, and other organisms that have common characteristics to each other.
Biodiversity The variety of life in a certain ecosystem or habitat.
Population(in regards to ecology) A group of individuals of the same species living in the same area.
Ecosystem A community of plants, animals and other organisms that interact with each other.
Community(in regards to ecology) Group or association of populations of two or more species occupying the same geographical area.
Invasive Species A species that does not belong to that specific location.
Threatened Species Any species vulnerable of becoming endangered.
Endangered Species Any species vulnerable of becoming extinct.
Symbiotic Relationships Interaction of two or more organisms in an environment.
Mutualism A relationship between two or more organisms that benefits everyone.
Parasitism A relationship between two or more organisms that hurts one organism while the other is being benefited.
Commensalism A relationship between two or more organisms where one organism is benefited while the other is neither harmed or benefited.
Producers An organism that makes its own food through biochemical processes.
Decomposers An organism that recycles nutrients through decomposition.
Genetic Variations Total number of genetic characteristics in the make-up of a certain species.
Habitat Variation The diversity of habitats(swamps, rivers, lakes).
Overharvesting The harvesting of a renewable resource to the point of that resource being depleted.
Ecological Footprint The measuring and tracking of human impact on nature.
Carrying Capacity The maximum number of organisms an environment can support based off of the natural resources.
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