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Ryan Environmental Science Vocabulary by Mind Map: Ryan Environmental Science
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Ryan Environmental Science Vocabulary

Decomposers

the use up what is left over after an organism dies and converts it into fuel for plants.

Biome

Ecosystems and biomes are closely related. Ecosystems  are cartegorized under what biome they are in and then by the location of the ecosystem itself.

Rainforest

Temperate Deciduous Forest

Coniferous Forest

Desert

Tundra

Freshwater

Marine

Grassland/Savannah

Ecosystem

An ecosystem is a system of interdependent organisms which share the same habitat, in an area functioning together with all of the physical (abiotic) factors of the environment.

Wetlands

Corl Reef

Community

A group of different populations that live together

Population

A group of organisms that are the same

Organism

Food Web

Food Chain

Producer, Primary consumer, Secondary consumer, Tertieary consumer

Trophic Levels

Pioneer Species

Animals that first colonize on a land that are soon replaced by species that can last longer.

Factors

Biotic

Anything living or was living

Abiotic

Has never lived and never will live

Biodiversity

Genetic

Have different genes to mix together, not just one family of genes

Species

different types of animals in a community

Ecosystem

different ecosystems within an area to help stabalize it

Hot spots

Areas where there is a great amount of biodiversity. there are only 13 hot spots that cover 2% of Earths land.

Endangered species

a species of animal that is very close to extiction and requires immediate action to save.

Threatened Species

A species that is not quiet endangered but their numbers are thinning fast.

Indicator Species

Animals that show how healthy the environment is because of how sensitive they are to harmful things.

Ecological Succesion

Primary Succesion

Secondary Succesion

Climax community

Carrying Capacity

Limiting Factors

The limiting factors in an ecosystem determine the carrying capacity

Watershed

Population growth

Growth Rate

The rate at which a population grows

Exponential growth

Growth Charts

J-Curve

S-Curve

Water Pollution

Water pollution is the contamination of water bodies such as lakes, rivers, oceans,lagoonss, and groundwater. All water pollution affects organisms and plants that live in these bodies of water...

Water Purification

Aquifer

Desalination

the process of taking salt out of the water

Impermeable

a surface that water can not soak into or get through. can divert water from a watershed

Runoff

Erosion

Wetlands

wetlands help filter runoff and keep the soil in the wetlands from eroding

Urbanization

causes more impermeable surfaces to be built

Pollution

Point Source

Dumping trash directly into river

Non-point source

oil leaks out of cars and is carried into water by rain

New node

Pollutants

Organic

comes from the land

Inorganic

man-made

Resources

Natural

resources that occur naturally and do not have to be processed to be used

Renewable

materials that can easily be replaced within a human lifetime

Non-renewable

resources that cannot be replaced within a human lifetime