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The Nonliving Environment

Biotic Living
Abiotic Nonliving
Atmosphere The air that surrounds the earth
Hydrologic Referring to water
Soil A mixture of mineral and rock particles, the remains of dead organisms, water, and air
Latitude Distance north or south of the equator
Elevation Distance above sea level
Climate Average weather conditions over time
Vaporization Phase change from liquid to gas
Condensation Phase change from gas to liquid
Freezing Phase change from liquid to a solid
Melting Phase change from solid to liquid
Sublimation Phase change from solid to gas
Deposition Phase change from gas to solid
Water Cycle A model that describes how water moves from the surface of the earth to the atmosphere and back to surface again
Nitrogen Fixation The "fixing" of Nitrogen from the air into chemical compounds that can be used by plants
Nitrogen Cycle A model that describes how nitrogen moves from the atmosphere to the soil, to living organisms, and back to the atmosphere
Carbon Cycle A model that describes how carbon moves from living to non-living parts of the ecosystem and back again
Chemosynthesis The production of energy-rich compounds from energy of chemicals
Photosynthesis The production of energy-rich compounds from energy of sunlight
Energy Pyramid A model that shows the amount of energy available at each trophic level in an ecosystem
Nitrification The turning of nitrogen found in ammonium compounds into nitrogen in more useful compounds like nitrates
Exergonic A process that gives energy to the environment
Endergonic A process that absorbs energy from the environment
Created by: MrGross
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