Role of Abiotic Factors

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abiotic factors

non-living organisms in an ecosystem

aerobic respiration

energy releasing biochemical reactions that use oxygen

air

a mixture of gases; mostly nitrogen and oxygen

anaerobic respiration

energy releasing biochemical reactions that do NOT use oxygen

atom

a tiny particle of life

biotic factors

the living things in an ecosystem

carbohydrates

chemical compounds containing carbon, hydrogen, & oxygen

carbon cycle

the movement of carbon atoms through an ecosystem between living and non-living organisms

carbon dioxide/oxygen cycle

the recycling of carbon dioxide and oxygen between organisms & air

carbon dioxide

a chemical compound made from one atom of carbon and 2 atoms of oxygen.(C02)

cellular respiration

the process of releasing energy stored in carbohydrates

chemical compound

a molecule/compound composed of 2 or more different elements

condensation

when water vapor turns into rain or snow

decomposers

organisms that break down the complex chemical compound made by living things

dentrification

the process in which bacteria causes nitrogen gas to be released into the environment

ecology

the study of the interactions & relations that organisms have with the environment

ecosystem

all of the relations that organisms have with the environment

element of matter

a basic type of matter such as the elements of carbon, sulfur, iron, and oxygen

energy

the ability to do work

extinction

the complete destruction of a species

food chain

an energy link between organisms based on feeding habits

food producers

organisms such as plants and algae that create energy rich food using photosynthesis

habitat

the place in which an organism lives

helium

trace element in air

humus

soil material created by decay of organic material

krypton

a trace element in air

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