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Asian carp were introduced to the lakes and rivers in the midwestern United States. They have no natural enemies there, and their population continues to increase. Use the concepts of birthrate and death rate to explain this population increase.

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When the Asian carp were introduced into a new environment, their population grow very quickly due to the lack of predators or parasites that control them. Since no other species attack them, their mortality or death rate is very low, while their birth rate grows exponentially due to the abundance of resources in the environment. If this pattern continues, the native species in this environment could be out-competed by the new species and the existing ecosystem may be threatened or harmed.

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