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Kristina Eck's Mind Map Vocab Project by Mind Map: Kristina Eck's Mind Map Vocab Project
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Kristina Eck's Mind Map Vocab Project

Industrial revolution

The transformation from an agricultural to industrial nation

Population Growth

Increase in the number of people in a territory or state

Carrying capacity

The number of individuals of a species that an ecosystem can support.

Climax community

A community that's in equilibrium and has little or no change in species in the following years

Logistic growth

Population growth rate decreases and number of individuals increases until growth rate reaches 0 and population reaches its maximum.


Expansion in duration or space

Exponential growth

When the population doubles

Population growth rate

The change in population over time


Exponential growth


Logistic growth

Pioneer species

The first species to move into an ecosystem.

Vocab words through out the course of Ecology


Any form of life


Total number of people in an area


Populations that interact together in an ecosystem


Living organisms that work together as one unit in a non-living enviornment


Region of Earth inhabited by a community


Layer of soil, water, and air that sustains life.

Food Chain

A chain of organisms that each eachother

Food Web

Many food chains put together to make a web

Primary Consumer

A herbavore which eats plants

Secondary Consumer

A carnivore which eats meat

Tertiary Consumer

A carnivore at the top most level of the food chain


Organisms that produce their own energy from the sun

Tropic Levels

A group of organisms that occupy the same position in a food chain


Forests with heavy annual rainfall

Temperate deciduous forest

A forest with trees that purposely lose their leaves just to grow them back again later

Coniferous Forest

Forests with mostly cone-bearing trees


An area with little rain fall and mostly no vegetation.


Land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows. Savanna is flat grassland.

Freshwater biome

Having low salt concentration

Marine biome

Salty bodies of water


The number and variety of organisms in a geographic region.

Biotic factors

An ecosystem of all living things.

Abiotic factors

An ecosystem of non-living things

Hot spots

Really diverse spots on the earth near the equator

Limiting factors

Conditions of the enviornment that limit the growth of a species.

Black plague

The bubonic plague that happened during the middle ages and killed half the people in western Europe


A vast treeless plain in the Arctic regions where subsoil is permanently frozen.

Ecological succession

the process in which communities of an ecosystem change over time

Primary succession

Occurs in places where an ecosystem has never existed and there is no soil

Secondary succession

Process that begins in an ecosystem when something has disturbed or destroyed the natural community and has just soil.

Water pollution

The addition of harmful chemicals in natural water

Point-source pollution

Pollution that comes from a single source

Non-point source pollution

water pollution that does't come from a single source, but from many different sources


An underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs. ect.


Limiting Factors


Food Webs

Water Pollution



Levels of Organization