Biomes

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abiotic
Pertaining to the absence of life.
aquatic
A major group of biomes - living or growing in water.
biotic
Pertaining to life.
biome
A large naturally occurring community of complex biotic and abiotic factors.
climate
The abiotic conditions prevailing in an area over a long period of time.
desert
Sparse amount of water found in this area (less than 25 cm of precipitation per year).
ecosystem
A biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment.
Rainforest
A large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth with precipitation amounts exceeding 50 inches of precipitation.
grassland
A large open area of country covered with grass.
organism
An individual life form; example - producer or animal.
tundra
A vast, flat, treeless Arctic where the subsoil is permanently frozen.
topography
The arrangement of the natural and artificial physical features of an area.
soil types
Usually refers to the different sizes of mineral particles in a sample. Examples include Clay, Sandy Loom, and Miamian.
solar radiation
Radiant energy emitted by the sun in the form of electromagnetic energy.
precipitation
Examples include: rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground.
temperature
The average amount of kinetic energy resulting in the degree or intensity of heat present.
biodiversity
The variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem.
Taiga
A russian word meaning swampy moist forest. Found in the northern latitudes and covered by coniferous trees.
Limiting Factors
Things in the environment that can limit population growth
Carrying Capacity
Maximum population size that can be supported within a particular area without destruction of a habitat.
Terrestrial
A major group of biomes - living or growing on land.

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