Vocab from chapters 3-12, 15-16 of Living in the Environment 15th edition
Of all the aquatic biomes on earth, we know the least about the _____.
Where are the most biodiversity found?
_____ provide flood control, climate moderation, and nutrients cycling.
____ has the most destructive effects on ocean floor ecosystems.
When fish populations are temporarily reduced due to overfishing, they are said to be _____.
tragedy of the commons
The depletion of the world's marine fish stocks due to overfishing is a classic example of _____.
Whales and porpoises are called _____.
International Whaling Commission
intergovernmental organization that sets quotas for hunting certain whale species
optimum sustainable yield
_____ is the most beneficial to fish populations when estimating marine fish populations.
Ocean areas beyond any country's legal jurisdiction.
The largest wetlands restoration project in the US is in the _____.
US Army Corps of Engineers
The _____ is responsible for undoing the development of the Everglades that the same agency has done since the 1940s.
_____ is considered the single greatest threat to the Great Lakes.
The worlds largest hydroelectric power system is located on the _____.
_____ was introduced into the Great Lakes and has now spread through most of the major river systems in central and eastern U.S.
national wild and scenic rivers act
Under _____ protection can be offered to rivers and river segments with cultural and historic value, wildlife and scenic value, and recreational value.
the genetic, species, and ecological diversity of the organisms in a given area
biodiversity hot spots
Areas with exceptionally high numbers of endemic species
A species considered to be in imminent danger of extinction
Value of an organism, species, ecosystem, or the earth's biodiversity based on its existence, regardless of whether it has any usefulness to us.
The irrevocable elimination of species; can be a normal process of the natural world as species out-compete and kill off others or as environmental conditions change
habitat conservation plan
Agreements under which property owners are allowed to harvest resources or develop land as long as habitat is conserved or replaced in ways that benefit resident endangered or threatened species in the long run. Some incidental "taking" or loss of endangered species is generally allowed in such plans
Organisms that thrive in new territory where they are free of predators, diseases, or resource limitations that may have controlled their population in their native habitat
While still abundant in parts of its territorial range, this species has declined significantly in total numbers and may be on the verge of extinction in certain regions or localities
Naturally rare organisms or species whose numbers have been reduced by human activities that they are susceptible to actions that could push them into threatened or endangered status
the form petroleum takes when in the ground
the capacity to work
a nuclear reaction in which an atomic nucleus, especially a heavy nucleus such as an isotope of uranium, splits into fragments, usually two fragments of com¬parable mass, releasing from 100 million to several hundred million electron volts of energy.
a hydrocarbon deposit, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas, derived from living matter of a previous geologic time and used for fuel.
First Law of Thermodynamics
says that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; it can only be transferred and transformed.
a waste product produced by the burning of coal.
the amount of time it takes for half of a radioactive sample to disappear.
the process of fusing two nuclei.
the rocks and Earth that is removed when mining for a commercially valuable mineral resource.
a hydrocarbon that forms as sediments are buried and pressurized.
devices containing alkaline substances that precipitate out much of the sulfur dioxide from industrial plants.
Second Law of Thermodynamics
when energy is changed from one form to another, some useful energy is always degraded into lower quality energy (usually heat)
involves the removal of the Earth's surface all the way down to the level of the mineral seam.
involves the sinking of shafts to reach underground deposoits. In this type of mining, networks of tunnels are dug or blasted and humans enter these tunnels in order to manually retrieve the coal.
removing shallow deposits such as nonfuel mineral and rock resources and 60% of U.S. coal
is used to create large pits to extract iron, copper, sand, gravel, and stone
used for extracting mineral deposits that lie close to the earth's surface in large horizontal beds
Contour strip mining
used on mountainous terrain; Terraces cut into the sides of hills; highwalls
the material that is extracted from the ground
the waste material left over after the desired metal is extracted
solid waste left over from ore mineral removal
the process of heating ores to remove metals
Cyanide heap extraction
involves spraying toxic cyanide salts on heaps of crushed ore, where it reacts with the material and separates the gold from the ore
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
requires mining companies to restore most surface-mined land by grading and replanting it
the amount of high-quality energy that is available to be used from a resource after subtracting the energy needed to make it usable
a thick liquid hydrocarbon that is extracted from underground deposits and separated into a wide variety of products
made of long chains of carbon atoms bonded together and also bonded to hydrogen, as well as smaller amounts of sulfur, oxygen, and nitrogen
passes when the pressure starts to decline and more and more energy is expended to get oil to the surface (Generally only 35-50% of oil is retrieved from any particular well)
is a mixture of gases, with a majority of methane (CH4)
Conventional natural gas
found above most reservoirs of crude oil
Partially decayed plant matter in swamps and bogs, low heat content
brown coal; coal with a low heat content; low sulfur content; limited supplies in most areas
soft coal; Coal that is extensively used as a fuel because of its high heat content and large supplies; normally has a high sulfur content
hard coal; highly desirable fuel because of its high heat content and low sulfur content; supplies are limited in most areas
the process behind the concept of "clean coal," and is designed to remove carbon dioxide from the emissions produced by burning coal and turn coal into liquid gas fuel
Low, narrow, sandy islands that form offshore from a coastline.
The bottom of a sea or lake.
A broad, regional type of ecosystem characterized by distinctive climate and soil conditions and a distinctive kind of biological community adapted to those conditions.
An area of waterlogged soil that tends to be peaty; fed mainly by precipitation; low productivity; some are acidic.
A broad band of mixed coniferous and deciduous trees that stretches across northern North America (and also Europe and Asia); its northernmost edge, the taiga, intergrades with the arctic tundra,
Thick, dense, thorny evergreen scrub found in Mediterranean climates.
High mountain forests where temperatures are uniformally cool and fog or mist keeps vegetation wet all the time.
Needle-bearing trees that produce seeds in cones.
Prominent oceanic features composed of hard, limy skeletons produced by coral animals; usually formed along edges of shallow, submerged ocean banks or along shelves in warm, shallow, tropical seas.
Trees and shrubs that shed their leaves at the end of the growing season.
A type of biome characterized by low moisture levels and infrequent and unpredictable precipitation. Daily and seasonal temperatures fluctuate widely.
A bay or drowned valley where a river empties into the sea.
A biome dominated by grasses and associated herbaceous plants.
Trees from a number of genera that live in salt water.
Wetland without trees; in North America, this type of land is characterized by cattails and rushes.
A ridge of rocks or sand, often of coral debris, at or near the surface of the water.
Wetland with trees.
The northernmost edge of the boreal forest, including species-poor woodland and peat deposits; intergrading with the arctic tundra.
The cool, dense rainy forest of the northern Pacific coast; enshrouded in fog much of the time; dominated by large conifers.
Forests in which rainfall is abundant- more than 00 cm (80 in.) per year- and temperatures are warm to hot year-round.
Treeless arctic or alpine biome characterized by cold, harsh winters, a short growing season, and potential for frost any month of the year; vegetation includes low-growing perennial plants, mosses, and lichens.
Ecosystems of several types in which rooted vegetation is surrounded by standing water during part of the year.
pertaining to life; environmental factors created by living organisms
The maximum reproductive rate of an organism when given unlimited resources and ideal environmental conditions.
the maximum number of individuals of any species that can be supported by a particular ecosystem on a long term basis
a population founded when just a few members of a species survive a catastrophic event or create a new habitat geographically isolated from other members of the same species
a sudden decline in population
the movement of members from a given population
all the limiting factors that tend to reduce population growth rates, set the maximum allowable population growth rates and set the maximum allowable population size or carrying capacity of an ecosystem
growth at a constant rate of increase per unit of time; can be expressed as a constant fraction or exponent
the actual physical ability to reproduce
measurement of actual number of offspring produced through sexual reproduction: usually described in terms of number of offspring of females, since paternity can be difficult to determine
the effect on a population founded when just a few members of a species survive a catastrophic event or when they create a new habitat geographically isolated from other members of the same species
the gradual changes in gene frequencies in a population due to random events
a population explosion followed by a population crash
the study of rates of colonization and extinction of species on islands or other isolated areas based on size, shape, and distance from other inhabited regions
a growth curve that depicts exponential growth
the average age that a newborn infant can expect to attain in a particular time and place
the longest period of life reached by a type of organism
growth rates regulated by internal and external factors that establish an equilibrium with environmental resources
death rate in a population; the probability of dying
production of new individuals by birth, hatching, germination, or cloning
the extent to which a population exceeds the carrying capacity of its environment
a sudden population decline caused by predation, waste accumulation, or resource depletion
growth of a population at exponential rates to a size that exceeds environmental carrying capacity; usually followed by a population crash
a curve that depicts logistic growth
the percentage of a population reaching a given age or the proportion of the maximum life span of the species reached by any individual
Any genetically controlled structural, physiological, or behavioral characteristic that helps an organism survive and reproduce under a given set of environmental conditions. It usually results from a beneficial mutation.
Process in which numerous new species evolve to fill vacant and new ecological niches in changed environments, usually after a mass extinction. Typically, this takes millions of years.
Process by which humans select one or more desirable genetic traits in the population of a plant or animal species and then use selective breeding to produce populations containing many individuals with the desired traits. Compare genetic engineering, natural selection.
Normal extinction of various species as a result of changes in local environmental conditions. Compare mass depletion, mass extinction.
Change in the genetic makeup of a population of a species in successive generations. If continued long enough, it can lead to the formation of a new species. Note that populations not individuals evolve. See also adaptation, differential reproduction, natural selection, theory of evolution.
Use of genetically engineered animals to act as biofactories for producing drugs, vaccines, antibodies, hormones, industrial chemicals such as plastics and detergents, and human body organs.
Formation of the earth and its early crust and atmosphere, evolution of the biological molecules necessary for life, and evolution of systems of chemical reactions needed to produce the first living cells. These processes are believed to have occurred about 1 billion years before biological evolution. Compare biological evolution.
Evolution in which two or more species interact and exert selective pressures on each other that can lead each species to undergo various adaptations. See evolution, natural selection.
Phenomenon in which individuals with adaptive genetic traits produce more living offspring than do individuals without such traits. See natural selection.
Wild species tamed or genetically altered by crossbreeding for use by humans for food (cattle, sheep, and food crops), pets (dogs and cats), or enjoyment (animals in zoos and plants in gardens). Compare wild species.
Total way of life or role of a species in an ecosystem. It includes all physical, chemical, and biological conditions a species needs to live and reproduce in an ecosystem. See fundamental niche, realized niche.
Species that is found in only one area. Such species are especially vulnerable to extinction.
Complete disappearance of a species from the earth. This happens when a species cannot adapt and successfully reproduce under new environmental conditions or when it evolves into one or more new species. Compare speciation. See also endangered species, mass depletion, mass extinction, threatened species.
Skeletons, bones, shells, body parts, leaves, seeds, or impressions of such items that provide recognizable evidence of organisms that lived long ago.
The full potential range of the physical, chemical, and biological factors a species can use if there is no competition from other species. See ecological niche. Compare realized niche.
The sum total of all genes found in the individuals of the population of a particular species.
Species with a broad ecological niche. They can live in many different places, eat a variety of foods, and tolerate a wide range of environmental conditions. Examples are flies, cockroaches, mice, rats, and human beings. Compare specialist species.
Changes in the genetic makeup of organisms of a species that allow the species to reproduce and gain a competitive advantage under changed environmental conditions. See differential reproduction, evolution, mutation, natural selection.
Insertion of an alien gene into an organism to give it a beneficial genetic trait. Compare artificial selection, natural selection.
Separation of populations of a species for long times into different areas.
Animals that have no backbones.
Long-term, large-scale evolutionary changes among groups of species. Compare microevolution.
Widespread, often global period during which extinction rates are higher than normal but not high enough to classify as a mass extinction. Compare background extinction, mass extinction.
A catastrophic, widespread, often global event in which major groups of species are wiped out over a short time compared with normal (background) extinctions. Compare background extinction, mass depletion.
The small genetic changes a population undergoes. Compare macroevolution.
Random change in DNA molecules making up genes that can alter anatomy, physiology, or behavior in offspring. See mutagen.
Process by which a particular beneficial gene (or set of genes) is reproduced in succeeding generations more than other genes. The result of natural selection is a population that contains a greater proportion of organisms better adapted to certain environmental conditions. See adaptation, biological evolution, differential reproduction, mutation.
Parts of the fundamental niche of a species that are actually used by that species. See ecological niche, fundamental niche.
Long-term geographic separation of members of a particular sexually reproducing species.
Species with a narrow ecological niche. They may be able to live in only one type of habitat, tolerate only a narrow range of climatic and other environmental conditions, or use only one type or a few types of food. Compare generalist species.
Formation of two species from one species because of divergent natural selection in response to changes in environmental conditions; usually takes thousands of years. Compare extinction.
Individuals of a species that live in a habitat patch.
theory of evolution
Widely accepted scientific idea that all life forms developed from earlier life forms.
Animals that have backbones.
any heritable trait that enables an organism to survive through natural selections and reproduce better under prevailing environmental conditions
occurs when species crossbreed to produce fertile offspring
horizontal gene transfer
When some species can exchange genes without sexual reproduction
zone of earth where life is found, abiotic and biotic factors
communities with different species interacting with each other and the environment
populations of different species occupying an area
a group of the same species occupying a specific region
any form of life- cells (prokaryotic and eukaryotic)
same appearance, chemical and genetic composition, able to reproduce
range of tolerance
the extent to which an organism can handle a specific factor in a ecosystem
abiotic factors that limit an organisms ability to survive in an area according to their range of tolerance and genetic makeup
habitat destruction and degradation-(deforestation, land development)
Invasive species- deliberately or accidentally take away from the natives
Population growth- crowds out wildlife and degrades their lives
Pollution-putting nondegradeable materials into the environment, chemicals into the waters, burning fossil fuels, leads to climate change
Overexploitation- overhunting of species and overconsumption of resources that the wildlife needs
biological and chemical processes such as energy flow and mater recycling needed for the SURVIVAL of ORGANISMS (species, communities, and ecosystems)
variety of terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems found in an area of the earth
variety of genetic material within a species or population
number of species present in different habitats
nutrients cycling in a continuous flow in various forms from the environment to organisms and back to the environment
chemicals and compounds
evaporation + transpiration-->condensation-->precipitation->infiltration+peroculation-->ground water movement+surface runoff-->evaporation + transpiration
mixture of decomposed organic matter, organic matter, inorganic minerals (rocks, sand, clay, insects), water and air
when solid rock is decomposed then moved as sediment
the process by which the surface of the earth is worn away
fertile soil. partially decomposed bodies of dead plants and animals that the topsoil (a horizon) is a porous mixture of.
determined by the amounts, size, and texture of sand, clay, and silt particles
the volume of all open spaces between the solid grains of soil
the property of the soil pore system that allows fluid to flow
surface litter layer- forest litter leaf mold
topsoil layer- humus-minteral mixture
subsoil- light grayish brown, silt loam
parent material- dark brown firm clay
Any method used to reduce births, including celibacy, delayed marriage, contraception; devices or medication that prevent implantation of fertilized zygotes, and induced abortions
Crude birth rate
The number of live births yearly per thousand people in a population
Crude death rate
The number of deaths yearly per thousand people in a population
The process by which a country moves from relatively high birth and death rates to relatively low birth and death rates
Controlling reproduction; planning the timing of birth and having as many babies as are wanted and can be supported
Total fertility rate
The average number of children born to a woman during her childbearing years
Total growth rate
The net rate of population growth resulting from births, deaths, immigration, and emigration
Land along a coastline, extending inland from an estuary, that is covered with salt water all or part of the year. Examples are marshes, bays, lagoons, tidal flats, and mangrove swamps.
Warm, nutrient-rich, shallow part of the ocean that extends from the high-tide mark on land to the edge of a shelflike extension of continental land masses known as the continental shelf.
Single-celled, prokaryotic, microscopic organisms. Before being reclassified as monera, they were called blue-green algae.
Partially enclosed coastal area at the mouth of a river where its fresh water, carrying fertile silt and runoff from the land, mixes with salty seawater.
Upper layer of a body of water through which sunlight can penetrate and support photosynthesis.
Lake with a large or excessive supply of plant nutrients, mostly nitrates and phosphates.
Flat valley floor next to a stream channel. For legal purposes, the term often applies to any low area that has the potential for flooding, including certain coastal areas.
freshwater life zones
Aquatic systems where water with a dissolved salt concentration of less than 1% by volume accumulates on or flows through the surfaces of terrestrial biomes. Examples are standing (lentic) bodies of fresh water such as lakes, ponds, and inland wetlands and flowing (lotic) systems such as streams and rivers.
Land away from the coast, such as a swamp, marsh, or bog, that is covered all or part of the time with fresh water.
The area of shoreline between low and high tides.
Large natural body of standing fresh water formed when water from precipitation, land runoff, or groundwater flow fills a depression in the earth created by glaciation, earth movement, volcanic activity, or a giant meteorite.
Swamps found on the coastlines in warm tropical climates. They are dominated by mangrove trees, any of about 55 species of trees and shrubs that can live partly submerged in the salty environment of coastal swamps.
Lake with a moderate supply of plant nutrients.
Strongly swimming organisms found in aquatic systems.
Lake with a low supply of plant nutrients.
The part of an ocean that is beyond the continental shelf.
Small, drifting plants, mostly algae and bacteria, found in aquatic ecosystems.
Small plant organisms (phytoplankton) and animal organisms (zooplankton) that float in aquatic ecosystems.
Fresh water from precipitation and melting ice that flows on the earth's surface into nearby streams, lakes, wetlands, and reservoirs.
Flowing body of surface water. Examples are creeks and rivers.
Precipitation that does not infiltrate the ground or return to the atmosphere by evaporation or transpiration.
Zone of gradual temperature decrease between warm surface water and colder deep water in a lake, reservoir, or ocean.
Process in which water is absorbed by the root systems of plants, moves up through the plants, passes through pores (stomata) in their leaves or other parts, and evaporates into the atmosphere as water vapor.
Photosynthetic bacteria no more than 2 micrometers wide.
Land area that delivers water, sediment, and dissolved substances via small streams to a major stream (river).
Animal plankton. Small floating herbivores that feed on plant plankton (phytoplankton).
an uncut or regenerated primary forest that has not been seriously disturbed by human activities or natural disasters for 200 years or more
a stand of trees resulting from secondary ecological succession
managed tracts with uniformly aged trees of one or two genetically uniform species that usually are harvested by clear-cutting as soon as they become commercially valuable
mature trees in an uneven-aged area are cut down separately
loggers remove all the trees from an area
clear-cutting a strip of trees along the contour of land within a corridor narrow enough to allow natural regeneration
good; usually burn only undergrowth and lead litter on forest floor; spare most mature trees; help prevent worse fires, allow vegetation to flourish
bad; extremely hot, leaps from treetop to treetop, destroy vegetation, kill wildlife, damage human structures
the temporary or permanent removal of large expanses of forest for agriculture, settlements, or other uses
fast growing plant that can be harvested for pulp to make paper, sparing trees
controlled fires that get rid of excess
provide soil formation, erosion control, nutrient cycling, storage of atmospheric Co2 in biomass, and maintenance of biodiversity
unfenced grasslands in temperate and tropical climates that supply vegetation for grazing or browsing animals
managed grasslands or enclosed meadows usually planted with domesticated grasses or other forage
occurs when too many animals graze for too long and exceed the carrying capacity of a rangeland area; reduces grass cover, exposes the soil to erosion by water
absence of grazing for long periods can reduce the NPP of grassland vegetation
cattle are confined by portable fencing to one area for a short time and then moved to a new location
especially thin strips of lush vegetation along streams or rivers
deed restrictions that bar future owners from developing the land
land trust groups
private nonprofit groups in the US that protect large areas of land
buffer zone concept
protecting the inner core of a preserve by establishing 2 buffer zones in which local people can extract resources sustainably without harming the inner core
protected areas between isolated reserves, help support more species and allow migration for vertebrates that need large ranges
large areas of undeveloped land
allows the government to protect undeveloped tracts of public land from development
a federal regulation that put undeveloped areas of national forests off-limits to road building and logging while they were evaluated for wilderness protection
returning a particular degraded habitat to a condition as similar as possible to its natural state
turning a degraded ecosystem into a functional ecosystem without trying to restore it to its original state
replacing a degraded ecosystem with another type of ecosystem
working together, compromising, finding ways to share land; inventing, establishing and maintaining new habitats to conserve species diversity in places where people live, work, or play
live and thrive in a particular community.
migrate to/are deliberately or accidentally introduced into a community.
warn us of damage to a community or ecosystem
help main the structure of/play a critical role in sustaining other communities
when 2 species interact in a way that they both benefit.
an interaction that benefits one species but has little/no effect on the other.
when a parasite feeds on part of the host (usually by living on or inside of them). Promotes biodiversity and controls population by keeping one species from being too plentiful that they eliminate other species
the ability of one species to become most efficient in acquiring resources leading another species to 1)migrate and therefore change its feeding habits through natural selection or 2) population decline or 3) extinction in that area.
the biological change in communities over time due to changing environmental conditions
the gradual establishment of various biotic communities in lifeless areas
the establishment of various communities in places that contain soil or bottom sentiment, life was there prior
when the species of a community modifies/changes the environment by creating beneficial conditions for another species to move in
natural (earth quakes, plate tectonics, climate change) and human made environmental changes that leads ecosystems to readjust theirselves
sustainable environments have greater biodiversity. the ability of the earth's various systems to survive and adapt to changing environmental conditions.
when an ecosystem adapts/changes in order to survive changing environmental conditions
ability of a system to resist change
ability of a system to keep its number over time throughout change
ability to recover after a disturbance
agreement to ban/limit trade in endangered species