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Environmental Science Vocab By Nathan by Mind Map: Environmental
Science Vocab
By Nathan
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Environmental Science Vocab By Nathan

Different Types of Biomes



Tempret deciduous forest

Coniferous forest




Transfer of Engery between Trophic Levels


100% energy from sun

Primary Consumers

10% energy from Producers

Secondary Consumers

10% energy from Primary Consumers

Tertiary Consumers

10% energy from Secondary Consumers


Difference in size from least to greatest.






Ecological Succession

Primary succession

When a new ecosystem is established in an area that no ecosystem exisited previously

Secondary sucession

When an ecosystem restarts after being disturbed by something such as a natural disaster.

Climax community

When an ecosystem has so much biodiversity that it stops changing.

Carrying Capacity

Limiting factors

Abiotic factors, non-living things that prevent population growth such as climate

Biotic factors, Living things that prevent population growth such as predators

The amount of species that an environment can support and withstand.


Genetic biodiversity

Same species with a variety of differences.

Species biodiversity

Same ecosystem with a variety of different species.

Ecosystem biodiversity

Same environment with a variety of different ecosystems.


Most biodiverse locations

Different classifications of species.

Threatened species

high risk of becomming endangered

Endangered species

high risk of becomming extinct

Indicator species

Species that show weather or not the ecosystem is healthy.

Pioneer species

First species to inhabbit an ecosystem.

Population Growth

Population growth rate

how fast a population grows

J-Curve, also known as exponential growth which is when it is flat lined and slope in creases rapidly.

S-curve, Goes through same process as a J-Curve but levels off at the top

Graphing systems

Food Chain

Food Web

Types of Natural Resources

Renewable resources

a resource that goes through a cycle and is replenished within a human life span.

Non-renewable resources

A material or energy source that does not go through a cycle or doesnt replenish its self within a human life span

Types of Water Pollution

Non-point source

When pollution does not have a traceable source and comes from all over the watershed.

such animal waste runoff or any other form of runoff water from a impermeable surface.

Point source

When pollution comes from a direct source and can be traced back.

pollution comming from a pipeleading directly into a stream or any body of water.


a type of pollutant than did not come from a biological

Chemical waste, acidity, amonia from food processing,etc...


a type of pollutant that comes from a biological source

Detergents, petroleum, tree debris, etc...


a type of pollution that comes from the construction of new homes or life on new homes changing the shape of the watershed.

Water Sources


an underground water source

Water purification

clean used water to be used again


turn salt water into fresh water by removing the salt from water.