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Biome

Groupings of ecosystems

abiotic factor

non-living

biotic factor

living

ecosystem

a bunch of organisms of different types PLUS living environment, living in the same area

community

a bunch of different organisms of different types living in the same area

population

a bunch of organisms of the same type living in the same area

individual organism

one cell

cells

lowest level of life

3 ecological methods

observation, experimentation, modeling

ecology

study of interactions between organisms

biosphere

emcompaces all areas of life: above and below

species

a specific type of similar organisms

heterotrough

gets food from a different source

chemosynthesis

process of making energy out of chemicals

chemoauto trough

a critter that makes its own food out of chemicals

photoauto trough

plant

photosynthesis

process of changing light energy into chemical energy

primary producer

changes the sun's light energy into chemical energy

decomposter

breaks down food in ditritus

detritivores

breaks down ditritus into smaller particles

phytoplankton

plankton that can feed itself using photosynthesis

zooplankton

animals that provide nutritien to species in water

energy

flows out of system

matter

cycles

aquifer

a pond underground

inflitration

water sinks into ground

root uptake

water from underground goes into trees

biogeochemical cycle

cycles that deal with living things

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