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Determines where species can inhabit
Physical; rocks, weather
the current conditions of the atmosphere
Long term description of weather based on averages and variations measured over decades
Gases absorb energy and radiate it back to the surface
Latent Heat Flux
heat loss due to evaporation
Large scale circulation patterns resulting from uplift in the tropics
Add north and south poles cold air descend creating high pressure zone with little precipitation.
exist at mid-latitudes
Rain shadow effect
The windward slope facing the prevailing winds has high precipitation and lush vegetation; the leeward slope gets little precipitation
the concentration of dissolved salts in water
The measure of the ability of a solution to behave as an acid
The measure of the ability of a solution to behave as a base
The scientific study of organisms affect and are affected by other organisms and their environment
All the me organisms on earth plus environment where they live. The zone of life
are large-scale terrestrial communities shaped by the physical environment, categorized by dominant plant growth forms and characteristics
nine terrestrial biomes
Tundra, Boreal Forest, Temperate Forest, Temprate seasonal forest, woodland, temperate grassland, tropical rainforest, savanna, subtropical desert.
Community of organisms + physical environment
An association of populations of different species in the same area
A group of individuals single species that live in area and interact
Individual species itself
Change in a kind of organism over time; process by which modern organisms have descended from ancient organisms.
A trait that helps an organism survive and reproduce
evolution of similar growth forms in response to similar selection pressures
loss of plant cover and soil erosion
Individuals with certain adaptions tend to survive and reproduce a higher rate than other individuals
comprised of species such as fish
Organisms that make their own food
Net Primary Productivity (NPP)
The energy captured by producers in an ecosystem minus the energy producers respire
An organism that eats other organisms
Small- soil microorganisms Large- atmospheric pollutants
Short—leaf response to sunlight Long—species change over geologic time
performing each treatment more than once; reduces possibility that results are due to a variable that was not measured or controlled in the study.
an interaction between two species that involves one or more intermediate species
an interaction between two species that does not involve other species
the diminishing of a conditioned response
Surface layer of water where light can penetrate to allow for photosynthesis
near shore, where the photic zone reaches the bottom
detritus from littoral and pelagic zones is food for animals, fungi, and bacteria; may be cold and have low oxygen.
Open ocean beyond the continental shelves.
The study of interactions between organisms and their environment and how these interactions influence their survival and determines their geographic
to live with
to move away
range of conditions over which a species occurs
Adjusting to stress through behavior or physiology.
absorption of electromagnetic energy from sources such as the sun, sky, and ground