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biome 5

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organism
a living thing
population
a group of living things of the same species that live in the same area
community
all of the populations that live and interact in an area
ecosystem
a community and its abiotic environment
abiotic
non-living factors like air, water, and soil
biotic
living
biosphere
the part of the Earth where life exists
primary consumer
herbivore; eats plants
producer
makes food from sun; mostly plants, but some algae and bacteria
carnivore
eats animals; terciary or secondary consumer
omnivore
eats animals and plants; terciary or secondary consumer
decomposer
breaks down dead organisms and turns them into soil; they are nature's recyclers
permafrost
when something stays frozen all the time
carrying capacity
the largest population that an environment can support over a long period of time
limiting factor
scarce food, water, etc; when the population is greater than the carrying capacity, limiting factors will cause the population to shrink; due to limited resources, organisms sompete with each other, across and within species
symbiosis
when two species live closely together
mutualism
when both organisms benefit in symbiosis
commensalism
when one organism benefits and one is unaffected in symbiosis
parasitism
when one organism benefits (a parasite) and one is harmed (a host) in symbiosis
coevolution
a long-term change that takes place in two species because of close interactions with one another
climax community
a stable, mature community that undergoes little or no change in species over time
precipitation
rain, sleet, etc; part of the water cycle
evaporation
also known as transpiration; when liquid turns to vapor; part of the water cycle
condensation
when vapor turns to liquid; part of the water cycle
photosynthesis
when carbon dioxide turns to carbohydrate; part of the carbon cycle
decomposition
the breaking down of plant water by fungus and bacteria further add carbon to the environment
biome
a geographic area characterized by certain types of plant and animal communities
temperate deciduous forest
has plenty of rain; big seasonal differences; trees lose their leaves in the winter to conserve water; diverse plant and animal life
coniferous forest
less seasonal differences than temperate forest; evergreen and needle trees; less diverse plant and animal life; few plants on the ground
tropical rain forest
much rain, little seasonal temperature variation; most diverse biome of all; poor soil
grasslands
vegetation is mostly grass; many large plant-eating mammals live here; loads of large herbivores live here
deserts
hot, dry; plants have shallow root systems; animals are well-adapted (they store water, live at night, etc.)
tundra
has permafrost; little rain, but soil is soggy; grasses and small shrubs are common
water cycle
consists of precipitation, evaporation/ transpiration, and condensation
carbon cycle
consists of carbon dioxide in the air (which comes from animal respiration and the burning of fossil fuels) going through photosynthesis, respiration, and decomposition
respiration
when animals eat sugar and breathe out carbon dioxide as waste
nitrogen cycle
when nitrogen in the air (most air is nitrogen, but most living things can't use it) goes through nitrogen fixation (turns it to bacteria), and then the bacteria break down dead organisms and put nitrogen back into the air
energy pyramid
as you eat things nearer the top of the pyramid, you get less energy from it
food web vs. food chain
the food web is more accurate than the food chain because with the food web, you can see multiple animals/plants that eat or are eaten by another, while the food chain just shows one organism eats one more, which eats another, which eats another, and so on
primary succession
when things start to live where there was previously no life; consists of pioneer species adding levels of soil, moss growing and dyingonce the soil is deep enough, the dead moss adding soil, ferns replacing the moss, ferns are replaced by grasses, and when the soil is thick enough, small trees and eventually forests grow
pioneer species
example: lichens need little or no soil, but as they die, they add to the soil level
secondary succession
occurs when an existing community is destroyed by a natural disaster, or if a farmer stops growing crops (the difference is that soil already exists and the original community regrows); consists of grassy weeds growing, thicker weeds and more bushes grow, small needle trees grow, and then hardwoods grow
pond succession
consists of weeds growing in the water, and as they die, soil is added (eventually the pond fills up); the pond becoming a wetland full of grasses and weeds; shallow rooted trees, such as pines, grow; hardwood trees, like oaks, grow slowly but taller, and eventually shade out the pine trees and form a hardwood forest (which is the most common climax community in PA)
scavenger
an animal or other organism that feeds on dead organic matter