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Liz's environmental science vocab by Mind Map: Liz
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Liz's environmental science vocab

organism

see biome, population, ecosystem, community  

people

producer

a plant, it is the only thing on a food web that can convery solar energy into energy for itself

decomposer

primary consumer

it eats the producers, only gets 10%of the energy

secondary consumer

etas the primary consumers, only gets 10% of their energy

tershiary consumer

eats the secondary consumers, only gets 10% of the secondary consumers 10% or the primary condumers 10%, so they have to eat a lot to get the energy that they need.

decomposer

somthing that breaks things down, like worms and bacteria

biotic factors

things that are living or were living at one time, or a peice of a living thing or a peice of somthin that was living at one time

community

all of the organisms live together in communitys see population, biome, organism, ecosystem,

abiotic factors

biomes

see population, ecosystem, community, organism

rainforest

tundra

marine

desert

contains small amounts of life due to the extreem climate and envirnment

freshwater

very good for supporting life

grassland/savanna

lots of deer, in some place lions and girafes, good for life

temperate diceduous forest

pennsylvania is mostly this

coniferous forest

ways to show info about ecosystems

food chain

see notes from organism section

producer

primary consumer

secondary consumer

tershiary consumer

food web

includes everything in the foodchain section

trophic levels

the levels in a pyramid

ecosystem

see biome, organism, community, population,

biodiversity

genetic biodiversity

differences within the species

species biodiversity

different species in the same ecosystem

ecosystem biodiversity

hot spot

found in the tropics on the equator, these are small areas with high biodiversity, they only cover 2%of earths land

endangered species

these will probably become extinct soon

threatened species

these are not as bad endangered, but will become endangered soon

population

see ecosystem, community, biome, organism

limiting factors

carrying capicity

population growth rate

exponential growth

population growth

indicator species

finicky plants that tell weather or not an ecosystem is healthy

pioneer species

the first species to come to a new enviornment, such a an island formed by volcanic rock. usually small and fast growing.

ecological sucession

primary sucession

when an ecosystem grows in a place there has never been an ecosystem.

secondary sucession

when an ecosystem grows in a place where there was an cosystem before.

climax community

graphs

j curve

second graph on the page

s curve

sixth graph on the page

pollution

water pollution

water purification

desilination

erosion

Erosion is a gravity driven process that moves solids (sediment, soil, rock and other particles) in the natural environment or their source and deposits them elsewhere. It usually occurs due to...

runoff

watershed

urbanization

Urbanization (also spelled "urbanisation") is the physical growth of urban areas as a result of global change. Urbanization is also defined by the United Nations as movement of people from rural...

point source

non point source

there are many types of non point source pollution, and unfortunately they are also the most difficult so get rid of.

wetlands

organic pollutant

inorganic pollutant

natural resources

aquifers

renewable resources

non renewable resources

impermiable

surface that doe not allow water to pass through it.