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the larger a population gets, the faster it grows; under ideal conditions with unlimited resources, this will occur
occurs when a population's growth slows then stops, following a period of exponential growth
density-dependent limiting factors
operate strongly only when the population reaches a certain level; include competition, predation, herbivory, parasitism, disease, and stress from overcrowding
density-independent limiting factors
affect all populations in similar ways; unusual weather such as hurricanes, droughts, or floods and natural disasters such as wildfires
the scientific study of human populations; includes birthrates, death rates, and the age structure of a population and serves to predict why some countries have higher growth rates than others
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