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Ecology

The study of how orgainsms interact with their environment

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Biome

Large geographic areas with similar climates and ecosystems

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Ecosystem

A system consisting of all of the interactions that occur in a particular region

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Climate

The long term average temperature and rainfall that occur in a particular region

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Ecological Succession

Transition of species present in a community in an area virtually barren of life, or after a disturbance

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Primary Succession

A series of changes that occur in an area where NO ecosystem previously existed

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Secondary Succession

A series that occur after a disturbance in an existing ecosystem

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Pioneer Species

Organisms that don't need soil to survive; they start the soil building process (lichen and moss)

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Climax Community

A relatively stable state of succession, or the end product of succession

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Limiting Factor

A factor that limits the ability of a habitat to sustain a population

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Biodiversity

The number of different species of plants and animals in an area

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Sustainability

Able to last or continue for a long time

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Adaptation

An inherited trait that increases an organism's chance of surviving and reproducing in a particular environment

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Habitat

A place where an organism naturally lives and grows

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Microhabiat

A very small specialized habitat, such as the space under a rock

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Niche

The role that an organism plays in a habitat or ecosystem