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exponential growth

growth pattern where a population grows faster as in it increase in size; graph of a exponentially growing population resembles a J-shaped curve.

carrying capacity

number of organisms of one species that an environment can support indefinitely; population below carrying capacity tend to increase; those above carrying capacity tend to decrease.

life-history pattern

an organism's pattern of reproduction; may be rapid to slow.

density-dependent factor

limiting factors such as disease, parasites, or food availability that affect growth or the population.

density-independent factor

factor such as temperature, storms, floods, drought, or habitat disruption that affects all populations, regardless of their density.

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