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Environmental Science Chapter 7 Desert/Tundra Vocab
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a plant like organism that is made of a fungus and an algae.
a desert found on the Eastern side of mountains in the Western United States that is dominated by sagebrush.
the factor that slows the growth of the population and keeps a biome from being any other biome.
all the communities that live in an area together with the abiotic factors.
changes that occur in a species so that it can survive in an environment.
a desert in the U.S. southwest that is dominated by cacti.
the process of changing semiarid land into desert as a result of human activity.
rainwater moving though the soil carrying minerals down deeper into the ground.
the desert floor made up of hard-baked sand, bare rock particles or both; compacted, hard and dried up desert ground due to lack of rain.
water falling in the form of rain, snow, sleet or hail which helps determine the vegetation and categorization of a biome.
wet land region between 23 degrees North and 23 degrees South.
when warm, moist air cools and loses most of its moisture as precipitation over the western side of mountainous regions and on the eastern side of the mountains the cool dry air picks up moisture from the soil causing it to dry out and form a desert.
long-distance seasonal travel by animal populations.
a plant such as a cactus that has thick, water filled tissues.
the frozen soil below the active zone in the tundra regions.
describes animals that sleep during the day and are active at night.
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