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Introducing Eco logy Ecology the study of the relationships between biotic and abiotic factors in environments eco (G) root home, abode log, -o, y (G) suffix study of eco climate eco system eco tourism epidemi ology climat ology zo ology Ecosystem

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Eco

logy

Ecology

the study of the relationships between biotic and abiotic factors in environments

eco (G) root home, abode

log, -o, y (G) suffix study of

ecoclimate

ecosystem

ecotourism

epidemiology

climatology

zoology


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Ecosystem

includes all abiotic and biotic factors in one particular environment

Biotic Factors

Abiotic Factors

the living parts of an ecosystem

the nonliving parts of an ecosystem


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Bio

Biotic Factors

include plants, animals, fungi, microorganisms

bio(s), bio(t) (G) root life

biotechnology

biomechanics

biosphere

biofeedback

biostatistics

biography

biotic

biology



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A

Abiotic Factors

include air, water, soil, temperature, wind, source of energy (usually sun)

a, an (G) prefix not, without

abiotic

amoral

amusia

atoxic



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Examples of Ecosystems

Coral Reef in Belize

Mountains in Colorado

Arizona Desert


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Ecosystems

do not necessarily have clear boundaries due to biotic and abiotic changes

can change daily as things move from one ecosystem to another

Biotic

Abiotic

migration, seed dispersal

flood, erosion, drought


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Biotic Factors

interact with each other in complex ways

parasitism mutualism competition

such as

also interact with abiotic factors in the ecosystem

dependent upon water, minerals, temperature, light


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Biome

a major regional or global biotic community, a super ecosystem, defined chiefly by the dominant forms of plant life and the prevailing climate


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Major Biomes of the World

desert

grassland

tropical rain forest

deciduous forest

coniferous forest

tundra

ocean


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biome

ecosystem

community

population

organism

organ system

organ

tissue

Levels of Organization

smallest unit of living things

large region with typical plants and animals that includes several ecosystems

group of different kinds of tissues working together

group of organs working together

all living and nonliving things interacting within a certain area

all organisms of the same kind living in one area

all interacting populations in an ecosystem

one individual living thing

group of similar cells organized to work together

cell


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Bibliography

Arms. (1996). Environmental Science. Orlando,Florida: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.

McLaren, James E, and Rotundo, Lisa (1985). Heath Biology. D. C. Heath and Company.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition. (1992). Houghton Mifflin Company.


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