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Living Environment

Topic 6: Ecology

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Ecology The study of how living thing interact with each other and with their environment
Biotic The living parts of the environment
Abiotic Nonliving parts of the environment
Competition The struggle between organisms for the same limited resources in a particular area
Limiting factors Any factor in the environment that limits the size of a population
Predator An animal that hunts and kills other animals for food
Prey An animal that is hunted and killed by predators
Carrying capacity The largest population of any single species that an area can support
Niche The specific role played by an organism or a population of organisms in the ecosystem
Autotroph An organism that produces its own food; the source of energy for all other living things on Earth. (starts with an "a")
Producer An organism that makes its own food from light energy and inorganic materials (starts with "p")
Biodiversity The variety of species in an area
Ecological succession The process by which an existing community is replaced by another community
Created by: mbarkley
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