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Chap2 Sec2

Ecosystems

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ecosystem The interaction of plant life, animal life, and the physical environment in which they live
biome The term used to describe a major type of ecosystem that can be found in various regions throughout the world
deciduous Leaf-shedding; a type of tree that sheds its leaves during one season
coniferous Cone-bearing; a type of tree able to survive long, cold winters, with long thin needles rather than leaves
chaparral A type of natural vegetation that is adapted to Mediterranean climates; small evergreen trees and low bushes, or scrub
savanna A tropical grassland with scattered trees, located in the warm lands near the Equator
herbivore A plant-eating animal
carnivore A meat-eating animal
prairie A temperate grassland characterized by a great variety of grasses
tundra A region where temperatures are always cool or cold and only specialized plants can grow
permafrost A layer of soil just below the earth's surface that stays permanently frozen
Great Plains Part of the prairie or temperate grasslands of North America to the West where it is dry
Created by: mrsbbaum