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Carrying Capacity

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population size
number of individuals of the same species living in one area
births
new individuals born; increases population size
deaths
individuals die; decreases population size
immigration
movement of individuals into a population from another population
emigration
movement of individuals out of a population into another population
limiting factor
something that has the greatest impact on keeping the population size down (weather, competition, disease, etc.)
abiotic
nonliving factor in an ecosystem; soil, water, air, etc.
biotic
living organisms in an ecosystem
carrying capacity
largest number of individuals of a population that a given environment can support
succession
sequence of biological changes to an ecosystem
invasive species
species that enter new ecosystems and multiply, harming native species and their habitats
biodiversity
variety of life in an area
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