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ECO-DICTIONARY. B D E. B. benthos a region including the bottom of the sea and the littoral zones b ioculture is the scientific exploration of the relationships between human biology and culture bioclimatic of or concerned with the relations of climate and living organisms

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ECO-DICTIONARY

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benthos

a region including the bottom of the sea and the littoral zones

bioculture

is the scientific exploration of the relationships between human biology and culture

bioclimatic

of or concerned with the relations of climate and living organisms

biodegradable

capable of being decomposed by e.g. bacteria

biodiversity

the diversity of plant and animal life in a particular habitat (or in the world as a whole)

biome

a major biotic community characterized by the dominant forms of plant life and the prevailing climate


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bionomics

the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment

biopiracy

biological theft; illegal collection of indigenous plants by corporations who patent them for their own use

bioremediation

the branch of biotechnology that uses biological process to overcome environmental problems

biosphere

the regions of the surface and atmosphere of the Earth (or other planet) where living organisms exist

bog

wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but can be cut and dried and used for fuel

boreal

toward or located in the north

botany

the branch of biology that studies plants


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deforest

remove the treesfromtheforest

desertification

the gradual transformation of habitable land into desert; is usually caused by climate change or by destructive use of the land

dispersion

spreading widely or driving off (The noun dispersion means the process of distributing something over an area. A combination of your yearly planting of new bulbs and their natural tendency to spread has led to the dispersion of daffodils over your entire back yard.)


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ecosystem

a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their physical environment

ecoterrorism

violence carried out to further the political or social objectives of the

environmentalists

ecotourism

tourism to exotic or threatened ecosystems to observe wildlife or to help preserve nature


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environment

the totality of surrounding conditions

environmentalist

someone who works to protect the environment from destruction or pollution

EPA

an independent federal agency established to coordinate programs aimed at reducing pollution and protecting the environment

eutrophic

(ecology) of a lake or other body of water rich in nutrients and subject to eutrophication

eutrophication

excessive nutrients in a lake or other body of water, usually caused by runoff of nutrients (animal waste, fertilizers, sewage)

evergreens

trees that keep their foliage throughout the year


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