Ecology

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carrying capacity

the maximum amount of individuals an ecosystem can support over a long period of time

limiting factor

a biotic or abiotic factor that prevents a population from growing

immigration

a population of organisms moving into an ecosystem

emigration

a population of organisms moving out of an ecosytem

commensalism

A close relationship where one organism benefits while the other is not affected at all

mutualism

A close relationship in which both organisms benefit

symbiosis

any close relationship between 2 organisms or 2 species. May benefit or harm one of them

estuary

An area of water where salt water and fresh water mix

wetland

an area of land covered by water. An important ecosystem

succession

Changes over time from one type of community to another

biodiversity

The different types of species in a given community

pioneer species

The first species to move into an area, examples are moss and lichens

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