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non-living factors in the environment
living factors in the environment
any plant or animal
the study of the interaction between organisms and the environment
the ecosystem comprising the entire earth and the living organisms that inhabit it.
one organism, a single living thing
a complex biotic community characterized by distinctive plant and animal species and maintained under the climatic conditions of the region, especially such a community that has developed to climax.
a group of interbreeding organisms living in the same area (all of the deer in the forest)
all the organisms living in the same area AND their nonliving environment
all the organisms of all types living in the same area
the process in which water droplets turn into water vapor
the process in which water vapor turns back into water droplets
water droplets that become too heavy and fall from the clouds (can be in the form of snow, hail, rain)
ground water flow
water running undergroung
the action of breathing
the burning of fuel resulting in the release of carbon dioxide
an organism such as a plant, that is able to produce its own food from inorganic substances.
An organism that gets its energy from eating other organisms
An organism that gets its energy from breaking down/absorbing dead organisms
A type of consumer that eats only other animals
A type of consumer that eats only plants
A type of consumer that eats both plants and animals
When one organism feeds on another organism
A symbiotic relationship in which the health of one organism benefits and the health of the other is harmed
The gradual development of a community over time
When a community grows where previously there was only barren rock
When a community grows back after it has been destroyed by fire or farming
An organism that feeds on and breaks down dead plant or animal matter, returning essential nutrients to the ecosystem. Detritivores include microorganisms such as bacteria and protists as well as larger organisms such as fungi, insects, worms, and isopod crustaceans. In a food chain, detritivores are primary consumers.
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