Chapter 3 – The Biosphere. What is Ecology?. Ecology The study of organisms and their interactions with their environment The root word of ecology means “ houses ” in Greek….so we ’ re studying the “ houses ” or habitat organisms live, and studying the organisms themselves.
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Chapter 3 – The Biosphere
What makes the Earth so special?
Consists of all life on Earth and all parts of the Earth in which life exists, including land, water and the atmosphere
No biosphere = no people!
The Biosphere is made up of…
Biomes which are made up of
Ecosystems which contain…
Communities made up of…
Populations made up of…
Organisms or a Species
a group of individuals of the same species in an area
White tail deer
Black oak trees
Tiglons / Tigons – female lion and male tiger
Ligers – male lion and female tiger
- have been found to be fertile in some cases
Types of Consumers
an organism thatonly (primarily) eats plants
an organism thatreadily eats both plants and meat
Are herbivores always consumers?
Are consumers always herbivores?
Are carnivores ever primary consumers?
Which of the following would be TRUE of a zorse?